Where and when I grew up very few high schools had football teams- it was mostly soccer.<snip>You might know that very few young people want to play the game after they turn about 13 years of age. Many high schools can't find numbers to field a team. The adults got involved and took the fun out of the game.
Gotta have them snacks! I don't know how we ever survived playing pick up baseball 6 hours a day...every day, with out an energy bar.Ahh, the beauty of youth soccer... the clock keeps ticking as they drag the casualties off the field and the game is over in an hour.
Youth softball - 10 run per inning walk-fest takes 3 hours.
Youth basketball foul-fest; how can 4 six-minute quarters add up to an hour and a half?
Youth volley ball isn't too bad. Pretty exciting, actually. There's always 1 giant kid that can jump serve and spike. Terrifies the other team.
Worst of all - multi-school youth track meets. There's 64 kids on the team. Your kid runs one event in 4 hours - the 1600, which is usually the last event, and it's your turn to bring enough bananas and water bottles for the entire team this week, too.
Gotta have them snacks! I don't know how we ever survived playing pick up baseball 6 hours a day...every day, with out an energy bar.
IMHO, swim meets are the worst. I've never been to a track meet but they sound about the same!
From what I've heard, swim meets ARE the worst. Fortunately, that and tennis seem to be the only sports our kids skipped.
Track and Cross Country
We called them the 250 sports.
Every time a new sport started, it cost us about $250. Fees, equipment, gas, snacks, etc... $250.
5 sports per season = $1250
4th-8th grades = $6250
2 kids = $12,500.
High school was not as bad because they picked one sport and that was it.
One chose track/cross country, the other chose golf. The runner would wear out shoes every month or two, so that got to be $150 a month in shoes. She was putting in 70ish miles a week. The golfer outgrew her clubs twice. Fortunately, we got loaners from the coach as she grew.
Anyhow, youth and young adult sports can get a bit costly.
Heaven help you if your kid gets into private travel leagues.