Kids start playing on sports teams before they can tie their own shoes. Pediatricians aren’t keen on the growth of organized sports for pre-schoolers. According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, some kids start tackle football at the age of seven.
Like the dinosaurs, sandlot sports have vanished, and no one knows exactly why. Child-care experts generally attribute the demise to the increasing number of single-parent and dual-income households, and to heightened anxieties about child abduction.
In other words, parents are too busy to keep an eye on neighborhood games and too afraid to let children play without supervision. For a few hours a week, at least, organized sports solve both problems. But they create others.
Parents rush around to ferry kids to practices and games, eating up family time. Dad doesn’t teach the kids to throw a ball in the backyard; that job now belongs to the coach.
When I look back, it’s amazing how little adult supervision we baby boomer kids had. We walked to school with other kids from kindergarten on. We stayed after school to play pick-up games of soccer baseball or softball. We played in the park without adults.
Once, climbing a tree in the park by myself, my foot stuck. Eventually, my arms got so tired that I let go. At that point, I was hanging upside down from the tree by my foot. Just as a passing driver stopped to help, my foot came out of the shoe and I fell on my head. And I grew up to be a blogger.