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I was on our HS golf team for 2 years, wasn't great, wasn't terrible. I think with golf you either stick with it or don't. I honestly don't mind the game, but once I got busy in the game of life wasting time off of work on a decent day outside on the golf course was about the biggest waste of time I could think of. Outside of mowing the lawn of course.....maybe when I retire I'll take it up again.
On a side not through the years when I got roped into a work golf outing that was especially horrendous. Nothing worse then having to spend time with co-workers outside of work. Worst of all I always seemed to get stuck in a foursome with some of the biggest D-bags in my workplace.
If you’re going to get your kids into something, you might as well get them into something that they can enjoy the rest of their life. Golf and trap shooting come to mind.
Think about the effort some kids put into soccer, only to never play the game again after highschool.
Teach them to golf, and they’ll still be doing it in their 70’s.
My kids loved trap league, and I enjoyed going to their competitions.
Nothing against those who enjoy soccer, just not in that camp!
And coaches, referees, travel, sometimes uniforms, and more. It's just an added sport. Where I went to school we certainly didn't have Hockey. Now many schools sponsor that also. Even girls basketball, softball didn't exist in the 70's.
I do find it interesting that soccer is the most popular youth team sport in the US, yet when the kids get older, they lose interest in the professional version of soccer.
I think part of that is we often saturate and then overload kids with sports and a particular sport at a young age. Everybody wants their kid to be the next Vince Beigel or Bronson Koenig. We lose sight of the big picture and forget that a 10 y/o has limits that are different from our dreams.
I’m painting with a broad brush to be sure. I definitely believe this is a small minority of parents. But I believe their numbers are growing and they tend to be vocal.
Just my 2€
Edit - when I say Beigel and Koenig, I’m thinking about scholarships and notoriety not specific sports