As a mother of five and grandmother of nine, I’m curious if the founders of traveling teams are parents. Even on Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day, Sundays and some holidays, there are games. What happened to family life?

It costs a lot to be on the traveling teams. There are out-of-town games, which sometimes involve the entire weekend. What happened to playing in your or your neighbor’s yard?

It is my understanding that coaches often choose from the traveling teams first. Pity the children whose families can’t afford to join.

Perhaps family life would be happier and less hectic if athletics returned to the days of the 1970s and ’80s when there was a normal amount of practice and there wasn’t so much emphasis on sports.

There might even be family dinner on Sundays!

Carolyn O’Leary
River Forest

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