Youth community sports: To parents, youth sports an 'athletic arms race'

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  • eagle Provo, UT
    Nov. 22, 2012 7:57 a.m.

    Sports used to be a meritocracy but now it is just another thing separating the rich from the poor, those with resources and those without. You can see it here in Utah with the affluent schools dominating the poorer ones. On the macro level it is why the US is not what it used to be in many sports because they have shut down a large portion of their population because of this. Some sports are more egalitarian than others because their skills are more general and more participation is needed. Therefore, athletes from poorer circumstances can compete and actually dominate the professional leagues and quality has improved. This isn't so in many sports like golf or tennis where foreign competition is catching up. Baseball has improved but that is because of the influx of foreign, mostly Latino, players who play for fun in the streets of their communities. The Super Leagues aren't just getting it done.

    Then you have to ask, what if these parents just took the 8-10K they were using to invest in each child of theirs in sports and just invested in a good financial tool. They would have college money and then some.