Kids' sports can cost families up to $10,000 a year

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  • K Mchenry, IL
    June 1, 2012 7:43 a.m.

    It's not the cost of gas that is so expensive. Travelling teams are costly to be on. Does a little kid need to sit in a car an hour to play another little kid? Its one thing if it's a championship or a peculiar sport like hockey where there aren't 300 kids a town playing the sport. And they further require time and fundraising from parents in concession stand hours.

  • Millie Bess ,
    May 31, 2012 8:04 p.m.

    It is so true that kids' sports are extremely expensive. That being said, I have seen first hand the great boost in kids' self esteem and confidence that stays with them forever and in many ways contributes to their ability to be successful as adults. Many parents are unable to handle all the expenses that come with kids sports and that is why there are so many fund raising events to help compensate.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    May 31, 2012 3:26 p.m.

    If parents realized how much just letting kids play was worth, they may not feel the need to spend so much getting them into organized sports. Playing takes imagination. Kids also do get together and play ball by themselves. So organized sports really isn't necessary.

  • Caprice PROVIDENCE, UT
    May 31, 2012 1:28 p.m.

    This article is so accurate about the drain on a family's budget when driving kids to and from sporting activities. And even though it's expensive, it is definitely worth it because of the growth and self esteem that come from participating in such events. It's so helpful when parents carpool to help bring the costs down.