- May 29, 2015
I cut that down just for the sake of space ...Do you really expect kids to just tryout for one team and if they don't make it, sit out a whole year to "practice harder"? Practicing on your own is great but there is no replacement for practicing with a team. And the games are the fun part for them. No team = no games. Are you supposed to deny your kid a chance to do what she loves because she didn't make the first team she tried out for? Come on now.
Wow, you read those comments in an entirely different light than I did. I don’t think that was the message at all.
Travel/competitive teams are not much different than playing softball in college ... if you are willing to play anywhere, just about anybody can do it. The level of play is what varies.
I read John’s comment to say that there are enough travel teams that any kid whose parents can write a check can find a “competitive” team to play on. That is a title, not a level of play. What that means is “competitive” ball has been watered down by teams of players who didn’t make the talent cut, but the checkbook works to get them in somewhere because the leagues and organizations are more concerned with team count than equitable and good competition.
That is NOT saying a kid shouldn’t play ... that is saying both the kid and the game would be more successful if we provided appropriate levels of play for all kids.