From “Final Four for the 4-Foot Set,” in Time Magazine July 22:
“So if a kid isn’t playing in a big-time tourney by fourth grade, he’s really missing out? ‘Yeah, yeah, he’s definitely behind,’ says William Francis, head second-grade coach for the Gauchos, a New York City AAU team. ‘But he definitely can catch up.'”
This kids’ sports culture is very real where I live. Parents think nothing of shelling out thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours so their children can participate in year-round leagues and tournaments.
“‘When you think about it, it is ludicrous,’ says Dante Jackson, operations director for Washington Evolution, a Tacoma-based AAU program that sent a team to the second-grade tourney. ‘But a lot of parents are into it. It is our mission to compete on the national level every year.'”