SEAL wrote:I know for a fact that less and less kids are playing baseball as well. When I started playing, my league had three teams down from like five, and when I aged out they had exactly one team and had to play exclusively against other leagues. Lots of kids spend all day in front of some kind of screen.
That's certainly interesting. Sports are very big around here, but I have no clue what % of kids are actually playing. It could just be that the area is growing so much and towns keep building fields and facilities. Our church was giving out free minor league baseball tickets this past Sunday. I thought about getting them and taking Tony and Danny, but driving from work to pick them up and then back to the stadium would be difficult on a work night. When you move to Charlotte you should check out the local minor league team the Charlotte Knights. They are usually pretty good. There are also usually some good college matches that they host, like Charlotte vs North Carolina state recently.
I thought that parents were "helicopter parents" these days. Where kids get shopped around to every little hobby and aren't really doing things on their own. That might not be true anymore, or maybe it just doesn't apply to sports, or baseball specifically anymore. I'm getting older and getting into the parent age, and it's interesting talking to people a little bit older than me. There seems to be an age group where the kids get shopped around to everything. Tiffany had a coworker who resigned her job because she wouldn't let her 12 year old take the bus, but had to pick her up and take her everywhere. BTW, this is in Clayton, where nothing dangerous ever happens and school buses are super safe. These people also are the same ones that have to go home on their lunch break and make sure their dogs are ok. It might be a (younger) Gen X/ (older millennial) thing. People my age, and especially a little bit younger, seem to be more minimalist in everything; but only time will tell if that's really who they are, or if it's just due to colossal student debt and unreasonable expectations.
SEAL wrote:But fads come and go, so perhaps water guns will make a comeback one of these years.
Yeah, I totally agree.