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Agree 100%The point I was making in regards to school aged sports (including ski club programs) is the pendulum has swung too far from fun/exercise/teamwork to trying to mold the kids into being "great". Only a miniscule percentage of these kids will even play their sports in college, nevermind going pro. Youth athletics cut way too much into family time, school and other hobbies impacting not only the participant, but also their families and their siblings.
Take my first grader in lacrosse. Two practices a week plus games every Saturday. For first graders! I personally think it's one practice too many for that age group. By middle school these kids are practicing 5 days a week.
It was not like this for me as a child in the 80s.
^^ is for a full day program (9:30 - 2:30 with an hour lunch break).Mad River Glen 12 week program either Saturday or Sunday ran $635. It will increase slightly next year. Add lunch for another $175.