posted by jmog
This is so true.
When I was playing little league baseball, (80s to early 90s) the regular little league teams were good. Typically only the top player off each team got "picked" to play travel ball. I was playing travel ball most summers growing up, the only summers I didn't was when I chose to play pee wee football instead (my parents had a 1 sport at a time rule).
Back then the "travel ball" season didn't start until around early June after the regular little league season was over. The tryouts for the team was either by selection (like I said, they would grab the best kid or 2 from each team in the league) or by tryout. So even the "elite" kids played little league as well.
Now, even the above average kids aren't playing little league at all, they are playing "travel ball" year round. Its ridiculous to be honest. I absolutely love baseball and was darn good at it (played in D1 college until I hurt my shoulder and couldn't throw anymore). But even I would have been burned out by this type of "year round travel ball" that parents put kids through now.
There is no reason for a kid to "specialize" in one sport anytime before high school.
Yeah when I was a kid you played a little league season and kids were selected for “Allstars” which was travel ball. Now kids try out for year round travel teams.