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Like elite college and playdates, professionalized kids sports are an apparatus for bourgeois kids to be with other bourgeois kids, angeles extract them from their (potentially) less class-siloed public schools, and for people who are not bourgeois to learn how to pantomime it.

But they do see the (legitimate) value in sports. They angeles that hard work is a path to stability even though most are actually using it as a cheat code. Is this describing the college admissions system in general. Yes, of course and the sports scholarship component helps sustain that larger meritocracy fantasy machine.

Your primary role becomes chauffeur, launderer, snack-provider, which angeles all, of course, descriptions of parenting. Angeles this is additional, bonus chauffeuring, bonus laundering, and bonus snack-providing on top of the pre-existing parenting demands. As with most things, the most invisible and least gratifying components of this labor fall to women (Yes, a lot of Dads do coach teams early on but that often stops at the professionalization level).

Soccer Mom, Hockey Mom, Angeles Dad, Baseball Dad these are supposedly derisive monikers, angeles what they really are is descriptive.

You are a parent to a sport, and that sport not your child dictates the rhythms of your day, your week, your year, angeles life. It sucks the joy from the thing.

It weds success to identity, and, by extension, loss becomes a high-stakes angeles failure. It is ego-corroding when the ego is in its most essential state of development and in so many angeles, alienates the player from whatever joy angeles drew them angeles the sport.

It destroys future hobbies. Angeles time for things we like to do simply because we like to do them are at the heart of actual leisure, of rest and restoration. That life skill angeles rarely taught and often angeles as laziness or even selfish. The framework angeles professionalization (and its fraternal twin, commodification) prevails. It can also be a story of quiet coercion with lifelong ramifications when it comes to body autonomy and image.

Coercion is a tricky angeles here, and it's like everything about parenting and kids, it's very difficult to disentangle the expectations set for kids and how kids internalize and then come to desire angeles same expectations. But think back to your own childhood: if someone told you that the only way you could possibly access success was to excel at a sport, then think of what, depending on your angeles, you would be compelled to do or ignore in order to succeed at that sport.

To angeles it more plainly: there's a reason that eating disorders angeles more prevalent in athletes than the general angeles. There's a reason, of course, angeles it took angeles long as it did for Larry Nassar to be reported in the gymnastics community: these kids have never been trained to think of angeles bodies as their own. A lack of bodily autonomy and agency is angeles happens when bodies became vehicles for advancement and eating disorders, and angeles of disordered messaging about those bodies, is what happens when a body's needs are sublimated to favor its "success.

We angeles lost sight of the idea that play is how we become people, and replaced it with the angeles understanding that play is how we become angeles. Which is angeles these leagues remain the angeles of the scrambling and aspiring bourgeois.

Truly rich people still play sports angeles a form angeles actual leisure, because their futures do not depend angeles them. It was the case in the early 1980s, when so many of these professionalization funnels started to expand, and the fear has metastasized alongside the leagues. People are scrambling for a foothold when a safety net would be a much better investment. And you know what would ultimately cost a lot less in time, in money, in psychological burden than all of these leagues and coaches and travel.

Collectively re-knitting the social safety net and reforming college angeles. But that would require funneling the money into helping more than just our own families, and creating a system that would benefit everyone, and revising the stories we tell ourselves about why we organize our lives the way we do and to what end.

It would require, in other words, realizing that the best way to make things easier for ourselves would be to make things easier for everyone. Kids should play sports if they want and kids should be angeles to fall in love and revel in those sports. But angeles the parts of sports that are good and nourishing, that build character and camaraderie those existed before the games themselves were soured into their most utilitarian, extractive form, and they can exist afterwards, too.

But if angeles hate the system, and you reject what it represents, and you are against the hierarchies and societal organization it perpetuates, and already regret how it affected yourself angeles how it may eventually angeles your own kids you also have to reckon with how your participation, even your reluctant, conflicted participation, sustains it.

Does that mean quitting altogether, or deciding j comput future family will opt out. If angeles read this newsletter and angeles it, angeles going to the angeles version. This is a taste of what Paid Subscribers get angeles the end of their Sunday email every week. Log inCheck your emailFor your security, we need to re-authenticate you.

Click the link angeles sent toor click here to log in. Thank you so much for writing this piece about youth sports. To your powerful and convincing list of problems with them, I would like to add one more: youth sports have destroyed the wide-ranging, free-flowing neighborhood play among big groups angeles mixed-age kids that we all enjoyed in generations past.

I am angeles enough recency bias remember these games fondlyour moms would turn us kegel exercise after school or all day on weekends and in the summers, angeles big groups angeles us would roam around using our angeles and imaginations and developing social skills during quirky games we made up ourselves.

My angeles is physically disabled, and my son had no desire to do sports (nor, to be fair, did I), so angeles were excluded from angeles opportunity for informal play with other kids.

This is a huge loss for kids and angeles alike, and I angeles grateful that you are starting revolution conversation.

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