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    08-30-2012, 02:52 PM
select sports

Anyone play or have kids that play select sports?
At what point do you or your kids seek a more competitive team vs stay loyal to your team?
How are select sports handled in countries other than the US?
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    08-30-2012, 04:24 PM
All of mine play local sports
16 year old: cross country, baseball and track
14 year old: cross country, baseball and track
11 year old: competitive dance (yes, I'm a dance mom, just not to that extreme LOL) and soccer
6 year old: dance (although not competitive), softball and soccer

And, my husband and I coach softball, baseball and soccer in our town league.

We have refused to allow our kids to compete on competitive teams such as travel ball teams. We find that a lot of these coaches are in it to win and are not always looking out for the best interest of their players. My oldest son's best friend played on one of these select travel ball baseball team for several years because many felt that he had a very good chance of playing beyond high school. They would pitch him in game after game, not considering what the extreme amout of pitches would do to his arm. He just had surgery on his arm and there was a complication. He may now never have feeling in his hand again. Our local league has strict guidelines as to how much a kid can pitch and my husband makes sure that his players pitch even less. And, all of the starters on this years high school baseball team were players of my husbands teams from past years and none were select travel ball players. Those that did play travel ball were subs. A lot of that was because they were very good for regular league ball, but were subs on travel ball teams. They just never were given the attention and the amount of playing time that they would have gotten on one of our regular league teams.

Now, some kids will benefit from these select teams, but I just don't feel like it is worth the money. One of our high school baseball players brag all the time about how much money (thousands of dollars) his parents paid for him to play on a travel ball team out of Houston. It obviously didn't help him out because he never set foot in a game this season!
    08-30-2012, 05:20 PM
Good for you & your husband for coaching..its such a gift to give much more to sports than "the game"

My daughter has been playing on a select team for 2 years, this particular team doesn't travel any farther than a 1 1/2 hour car ride. Fortunately, the coaches have been great. We haven't spent a ton of $$ but my daughter is a higher end player than many kids on her team so she is played 100% of the time. Its nothing like pitching though so physically its not harming her or I would step in. I do understand what you are saying...I have seen some "win at all cost coaches." and that's not the kind of team I would want her on. Sadly, so many parents think their child will go pro and few actually do! I have girls so baseball & football are a bit foreign to me :)
    08-30-2012, 07:51 PM
What is a "select sport"?
    08-30-2012, 07:57 PM
My little cousin plays on a select baseball team like what you are talking about. They don't travel far and so there isn't a need to pay for hotels. And, all they pay for is their tournament entry fees and uniform. They have a great coach who cares for his players (under 10). If we could find a team like that my kids would play, but there just aren't that many around here that aren't extremely competitive.

You can also get bad (very competitive) coaches in league play also, but luckily you only spend one season on that team. Our league does total redrafts every year to keep this from happening. My husband and I usually have teams with players that are not the best because we play them all and will play them infield at times and so we get a lot of request from parents. This would not happen if we were in what is considered a competitive league. But, we have had a lot of late bloomers over the years that would have sat the bench on more competitive teams, but got a lot of playing time on ours. Now, we do get a lot of criticism from parents who thought that their kids should be playing infield at all times and should never sit the bench. But, we just make sure that we don't pick them the next year. And, we explain that this is just a fun league.

I did play competitive select soccer (very competitive) and we traveled all over Texas every weekend. I loved it, but it also takes a certain kind of kid to do this. We don't have competitive soccer now (just Upwards where I am a coach) anywhere around here. But the kids still have fun. I might change my mind if we had select soccer .
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    08-31-2012, 07:49 AM
Originally Posted by Missy May    
what is a "select sport"?
they are teams that are not directly associated with a school, usually are free standing clubs that on certain days of the year a bunch of kids at certain age level try out for and have to "earn" a spot. They are fee based depending on the club, how much traveling they do and how much or what kind of training there is. And as ccbmmom pointed out some are extremely competitive aiming for National competitions playing the best of the best =)
    08-31-2012, 02:07 PM
Oh, thanks eclipse! I never heard that term, although my daughter use to be on a "non-school" local swim team. Lots of work, there!!! Hello, howdy!! But fun.
The term makes sense, though.
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