My grandson is on the 13-15 year old Little League team; his team is the only one in the league. They have to travel out-of-town to play other Little League teams.
The reason given for lack of turn out; Travel Ball. It appears parents would rather their kids play on the travel teams than on a local level. Why?
Well maybe because in Little League everyone gets a chance to play and some parents can’t see their future Hall of Famer sitting on the bench. Travel ball you are either good or sit on the bench. Or maybe the daddy who wanted to be a Hall of Famer but sucked at baseball wants his child to be what they weren’t.
Maybe it’s the scholarship path; college scouts and pro scouts attend the tournaments looking for young blood. I know of a lot of girls who are going to college on softball scholarships.
A lot of Little League games have to be rescheduled because players also play travel ball. But the cost.
I’ve been told it can cost a thousand dollars or more to be on one of these teams; plus travel, lodging and food. And if the parents and grandparents want to travel along with their siblings the cost is much more.
Little League was formed to give kids something to do in the summer; keep the kids off the street. And it lasted most of the summer with a week or two for All-Star selection and games.
Now the season’s end mid-June and only the best of the best get to compete in tournament play-offs.
Sports is becoming somewhat like our society; those who have it, get more, those who don’t get crap.