With the 2007-08 school year behind us in terms of prep sports, I’d like to hear your thoughts about club sports for kids.
The club volleyball season is winding down a bit, although the Junior Olympics are coming up later this month in Texas. I saw some of the Emerald City Classic at the UW last Monday. What a great tournament with tons of talent. Nearly 30 college coaches were on hand. It’s the club season, I’m told, where the scholarships are earned.
The club basketball season is heating up. Some high-school teams play together throughout the summer. Most seem to play for one of the many clubs in the area. Plenty of travel is involved. I’ve had a couple of players tell me they proabably will only be home a few days in July, when most of the major tournaments take place. There are spring and fall leagues, too.
Then of course there’s summer baseball and softball (which cover spring and fall, too). When I was at the state softball tournament weekend before last, I heard parents talking about heading over to Wenatchee later that day or Sunday for a club tournament.
There are plenty of football camps throughout the summer. Soccer seems non-stop, although I know there’s a break at some point. Swimming, wrestling, track and golf go on and on, too.
So many sports have become almost year-round. Do you think that’s good for high-school kids? Do they need a break in the summer? I’ve had some coaches tell me, “Kids need time to be kids.” Others feel they fall behind of they’re not getting the athletes out there almost every day.
What’s your take?