I’ll start by saying I’m getting old some things are getting difficult to just sit back and watch.
Are sports getting out of control? Too big?
I love them….my whole life has been a gigantic portion of baseball, football, basketball, golf…more recent years add in track and XC. I’ve spent decades involved in coaching high school and Rec teams, running Rec leagues and FFS I’m a gym teacher lol. Sports are and have been a tremendous part of my life.
I don’t have any major qualms with post high school sports but some to feel scripted a bit or rigged but I’m watching and mostly enjoying.
Youth? High school? Out of control to me. Everything seems bigger than it is but way more than usual. A bunch of stuff is “made up”
Our high school cheerleaders just won the “state” championship. Escorted through town by police and banners will be hung. Last year there were like 8 teams in their division? Last year they were “National” Champions….only 1 other team in their competition level. After digging I found there were 9 different “National” tournaments. Each of these had HUGE fees and costs. Every girl bought the appparel and most paid $120 for photography fees so they would have some pictures of it all.
My school played a win a “state” soccer championship today….they are 4th graders and they faced a team from 12 miles away. The bracket had 26 teams in the “state” and only encompassed about 1/8 of the state….and the better soccer schools don’t even mess with it. So for the 2nd time in 3 years my school is “state” in soccer. Every kid has the state t shirt and hoody and parents too. My FB is unscrollable lol.
Our local kids keep winning “state” baseball championships and rings but those same kids keep losing sectionals in high school. Most every perceived better athlete in the area pays good money to attend high end prep workouts and most don’t even play in college. Crazy parents pushing their kids to burnout by age 13.
Social media sports are nuts. The price of most everything is bordering out of control.
But I still do love sports