Over 1,000 AAU teams in Vegas? Are you sure this is not a misprint?
The finances can be fairly steep for participation in these kinds of events, not
to mention the cost to get them to and from the events. I've heard the
argument that goes like this: "Why not save the money you would spend on
this kind of thing and just pay for you kid's college education yourself
rather than chasing a scholarship? Especially when they already have a
scholarship locked up?"My response is that at this level, these
kids are not being pushed at all but are out in front of their parents on this.
They love the challenge, they love the competition. They want to see where they
stack up with the best of the best. They want to improve their game in a way not
available playing pickup at the local church gym. And just think of the
interesting people they get to meet and the sites they get to see! My hat is off to their parents for the sacrifice in time and money to afford
them this opportunity. It sure beats flipping burgers at the Purple Turtle all
So you are telling them what they should do? I am sure they all enjoy playing
basketball very much and wouldn't change it for anything. My kids play
baseball much of the year and love it (and no, I do not force them to play). It
never ceases to amaze me how some are so quick to tell others how to run their
lives.The biggest problem I see is the potential financial hardship
for the parents. But my guess is that these families are able to come up with
the money pretty easily.Good luck to all the kids, and particularly
the ones who have signed with BYU. It will be fun to follow your careers.
These tourneys all over the place are just too much for high schoolers;
it's a shame that these kids are pushing so hard (or are being pushed so
hard) for a shot at a college career.