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Little League Burdens

by on Apr 21st, 2009

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I just read an interesting piece in the Arizona Republic regarding the tough economic times and a reduction in little league enrollment.  It’s certainly a sad story for the individuals who are unable to compete due to financial hardships.  You can read it here.

Personally, I see youth sports as a very necessary thing now days, especially with many Arizona schools considering cutting back on PE classes or eliminating them all together.  As a student-athlete, I was never fond of PE because I felt like it just took more energy, time, and effort away from doing my “real” training.  That said, I’ve begun to realize that a multi-lateral development is irreplaceable, and believe that all young athletes need to be exposed to as many movement patterns as possible before specializing in a single sport.  Brian Grasso and his IYCA group does a great job pointing this out.

I also have begun to realize that, in a country where the majority are overweight or obese, we really need to prioritize getting physical activity and getting away from the XBox.  I hear stories often from professionals much my senior, who say “back in my day…we played outside.”  I had a similar experience growing up, and feel like my generation was the last one to truly experiene that pleasure before being bombarded with computers, video games, and text messaging.  It was a treat to play video games back then, and I’m not that old.   Now it seems like the only play kids get are via little league and PE, which is not enough.  It is sad that many need to be forced to exercise, and it’d be criminal to let that trend get worse.

Sorry for the rant.

Best regards,

Carson Boddicker

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