Posts Tagged ‘youthsport’

Baby Better Be Going Pro For That Cost..

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Should community sport be available equally to all people? This is a difficult issue to tackle. Sondra, a mother of two boys hoping to play baseball, could agree. Her financial situation is tight, and she believes she cannot afford the participation fee for her sons. The local recreation center told her that participation through their league is a privilege, not a right. -Now that is a bold statement for youth sport.

 

According to Paul M. Pedersen there are many benefits of community sport. The quality of life, family life, and bonding/social aspects are all positively experienced through sport. One could afrue sport teaches youth many important lessons, develops friendships with common bonds, and physical benefitting factors.

 

Most people only see the upfront “exercise” benefit of sports, but in reality the benefits go far deeper. Even if your child is not the most athletic kid, they can still benefit from athletics. Children benefit from many different aspects of development including Physical, Emotional, Physiological, Academic, Problem Solving, Conflict Resolution, Discipline, and Work ethic.

 

Pedersen explains the steps to decision making into six steps:

-define/frame the problem

-identify decision criteria

-develop and evaluate alternatives

-select one of the alternatives

-implement alternative

-evaluate how effective it was

 

 

In Sondra’s circumstance, the financial situation is the issue. The importance of sport for youth is unlike other activities available for young people. There should be a way to help families that need financial assistance. Whether that be volunteering, coaching, helping with the rec, setting up financial plans, etc. Setting up a financial plan for low income families would be a alternative the recreation center could evaluate after a season or two and see how beneficial it is for the program and families. Sondra and her family may not be the only family in a tight financial situation. Having financial help available would create more opportunities for the community and potentially expand the amount of participants/youths.

 

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^^ways to save $$ with youth sport.

 

 

 

“Global Warming of Youth Sports”

Monday, October 28th, 2013

” Sports for kids are a great foundation for things like sportsmanship, teamwork, self-esteem, developing habits that lead to being active throughout your life.  These are very attainable goals for kids who are playing sports.

I think the problem arises when we lose sight of that and our focus shifts to less attainable goals: college scholarships, living vicariously through your children, the possibility that your child will be a professional athlete.  When that becomes the focus, then we’re vulnerable to making decisions that aren’t always in the best interest of our kid. ” Mark Hyman

With this quote the author describes the rights to having youth play sports the right to be able to enjoy recrational sports. Where does the fine line between enjoyment and cost be drawn?  In the case of Sondra and her children where cost is a factor. Sondra should not be under any financial obligation to pay fees, even though the argument is that youth sport is a “priviledge.”

With the rise in parents spending more money on youth sports and coaching, rise in commercialization of youth sport has risen (Hyman 2011) .  This Makes it difficult for under priveladge  youth to participate in youth sports these days.

With the rising costs of youth sport participation there are other ways that sondra can determine whats important and get some ideas through research and educate herself. By finding out her options and education herself she may find outlets to getting her children the benefits she feels they deserve.

according to the article by y Karen Datko there are many options parents can discuss and go by when they are challenged by certain obstacles pertaining to finance.

  • Be honest with yourself. Has your child demonstrated remarkable ability in a particular sport that justifies the expense?
  • If not, pick a recreational league sport that doesn’t require fancy equipment — and that your child enjoys.
  • Seek balance. If your child’s sports are preventing her or him from engaging in other normal childhood and family activities, perhaps you’ve gone overboard. The same applies if you have no quality time with your others kids and your spouse.
  • Donate. If you can easily afford to pay the fees and other costs associated with your children’s sports, make a point of donating money to an organization that helps less-well-off kids participate.
  • If you’re not flush, look for scholarships. “True, some leagues — although they don’t openly advertise it — offer scholarships, but it’s just a small percentage,”
So even though Sondra had found herself in a horrible predicament not all is lost there are options she can take and think of, Not all Hope Is lost. The children can play.

 

 

More Exercise or More $$$$?

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

The situation for Sondra paying US$125 for her two children to play in a youth baseball league is financially troublesome for her.  Once she realized this was not fitting her budget she spoke with the director of the recreation center.  He told her that because of the current budget cuts they were unable to assist her with the fees and that playing sports was a privilege, not a right.  Without the financial help from the recreation center it seems as though Sondra’s children will be unable to participate in the youth baseball league.  Does it seem ethically right to offer youth sports to people who are financially capable or should the people with issues be provided with help? Simple, it should be attacked like college by offering the financial aid approach for people with those needs.

Unfortunately, the tough place that Sondra is put in financially is an issue that pertains to many families.

From the article Youth sports costing more time and money:

It is a reality that many parents are facing when it comes to their children playing sports. Want your child to get a college scholarship? Be prepared to ante up. Even if your child does excel at the game, there are only so many scholarships to go around. Playing competitive sports isn’t cheap. And there isn’t really any end in sight.

With entering two children into the recreation program, Sondra receives a US$25 discount.  Although this helps her out slightly, she is still having issues meeting the financial demands to enter her children into the program.

Since youth sport has become an issue for the budget of some families, some youth programs have applications families can fill out to find the financial assistance in paying for these sports. For example financial aid for Youth Sports YMCA is now provided. The YMCA site says:

Thanks to the United Way of the Midlands and the YMCA’s “Strong Kids Campaign,” financial assistance is available for those in need within our available resources.

This can be found at http://youth-sports.metroymca.org/membership/financial-aid/

By providing families with the option to apply for financial aid, it allows for them to be more capable of paying for their children to participate in youth sports.  If this can be done in more areas, then more children will be able to stay active in sports that they like to engage and participate in.

One.Hundred.Billion.Dollars…to play sports?

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

Sondra must pay at least 125 dollars for her two older children to be able to play baseball at their local recreational center. Although she isn’t in the best financial situation the recreational center will not give her any sort of assistance and it does not seem that her children will end up being able to play. Why should they not be able to play simply because they can not pay the fees? Is it ethically right to deprive children of the opportunity to play sport because their parents can’t afford it? I believe it’s not.

Youth sport has become a very expensive “opportunity” and is causing many people being put in a situation to choose one way or another.

http://www.cqnews.com.au/news/players-walk-over-fees-fee-rebate-incentive-to-vol/1290796/ 

This article shows examples of what people say about youth sport becoming too expensive such as:

“We had some people pull out of our team because they were already playing touch, which has got high fees as well, and they couldn’t justify paying both sets of fees.”

Although Sondra was offered some help because she had multiple children entering the program she was still unable to afford the fees and I believe that is not right, there are other options.

There are some recreational programs that now offer assistance such as scholarships for those who qualify. Fairfax County offers assistance for low income families who do not already receive help for sports.

The Fairfax County Department of Community and Recreation Services (CRS) provides registration fee scholarships and equipment voucher to help eligible youth participate in sports programs in Fairfax County. This scholarship program provides assistance to youths from low income families who are not currently being served by existing scholarship or fee waiver programs.

You can find this article and example of an application at:

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/rec/team_sports/pdf/ysspform.pdf 

Children should all be given equal opportunity to play sports as it has many benefits such as leadership, teamwork, and commitment. No families should be turned away because of their financial situation.