Is Money Affecting Youth Baseball?

Double G Sports@DoubleGSportsCorrespondent IJanuary 14, 2010

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, PA - AUGUST 26:  Cody Walker #21 of the Southeast team from Georgia slides home with the first run of the game as Trevor Nix #1 of the Northwest team from Oregon looks on during the United States championship game in the Little League World Series on August 26, 2006 at Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.   (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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This is a follow up to my article earlier this week about Little League baseball. It made me start thinking about why kids are dropping out of baseball or just simply not joining at all. Baseball was once a game that anyone could play. It was a kids game, America's pastime. So what happened? Why are the number of participants dropping?

I am sure there are many kids like the previous article mentions that feel overwhelmed when they need to advance to the next level because of their age. The new program Little League has developed should help those kids out greatly, I firmly believe in that.

However, I think that will only help the children that are already participating in baseball programs. What about the other children? The children that can't afford to join leagues and teams. In many areas, signing up your child for sports is very expensive. Now, having your child outside and a part of a team should be thought of as priceless, but I can see why some people just simply can not afford it.

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