Originally Posted by George Foster
I can only speak about baseball. Rec league is a waste of time. There are 365 days in a year and a normal Rec league schedule is 10-12 games with a tournament over 6-8 weeks.
You cannot be the best you can be playing games 14-15 days out of a year. My boy is 9. This is his second year of travel ball. We play 50-55 games a year with practice twice a week. We play every other weekend. This keeps the kids and parents "fresh." Playing every single weekend would be to much for everybody.
If your kid is good and loves the sport...he needs to play, and play alot. The key to this is "is your kid good?" The worst possible scenarios is when parents get their kid on a travel team and he's not that good, or worse yet he is good but does not love it.
+1 to pretty much all of this as well.