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in: Guisborough1; Guisborough1 > 2019-10-09

Oct 10, 2019 10:06 PM # 
iamstillhungry:
https://getpocket.com/explore/item/the-downsides-o...

I thought about posting this in the crazy thread on the AP front page "NorAm Elite development, recruitment, team trials... " but decided to stay out of that one.

I don't have any magic solutions or genius ideas. It's all so complicated and messy.
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Oct 11, 2019 1:37 AM # 
Guisborough1:
For 10 years I was at the sharp end of all this. Pity I won't see you at Gunstock. I could tell you way more than what this article touched on. US Soccer controls The DA (Development Academy). They're in direct competition with ECNL (Not mentioned in the article). ECNL are just as professiona,l but allow kids to play school sports. The expense and travel in both organisations is immense. The article is false in pretending the carrot is to play for the National Team. The carrot is Pro or College. There are an infinite amount of places for all players. It's not like Gymnastic clubs. There, the aim is to make one of the 6 places on the Olympic Team. And Title IX isn't a player really for the girls as most colleges don't have gym programmes. As far as playing multiple sports....I'm a big believer. I don't coach my kids and they dabble in everything. (They also happen to be rubbish at everything....but that's not the point.) They do sport to learn life lessons (Like getting cut) and to lead a healthy lifestyle in adulthood. Sport shouldn't be a pathway into higher education. Brains should be. Sport should be accessible in higher education not the reason you are in higher education.....as the college scandal should highlight.
Finally, my current frustration with youth soccer is purely selfish....but it's really pissing me off!!
Oct 11, 2019 11:02 PM # 
iamstillhungry:
Way back in the day I played "travel team" soccer. At the time that meant getting a nicer jersey and socks, and traveling around the city. Certainly didn't cost thousands of dollars and require traveling across the state or further.

Youth rowing doesn't sound quite as intense as soccer but it also depends on geography. In the northeast, rowing is definitely a "Brooks Brothers" sport. Here is another fun article for you:
https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/10/...

Good luck racing this weekend.
Oct 12, 2019 4:50 AM # 
Guisborough1:
I like that article. I’ve got a similar tale from the UK. But I’ll leave it for another day.
Cheers for tomorrow, but it’s just going to be an expensive training run. Just thought it’d be a nice way for the family to see a NP. The drive was fantastic. Loads of desert towers. The Navajo live in an extremely poor environment.

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