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.
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
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.
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.