Your child is not special and they're not getting a full ride either

Your child is not special and they're not getting a full ride either

Though they need to call out the bad guys a bit more, the Chronicle has been running some interesting pieces as of late. And this one, on the plethora of young women trying out for high school volleyball really caught my eye.
Y’all already know how I feel about club sports. It’s a blight that should die a quick a painful death.
Of the 90 girls trying out for the St. Charles North team, only 20 to 30 will make the cut. This numbers game completely exposes the lie that is club sports. You see, order for these businesses (and they are a business) to succeed, they have to con gullible parents into believing that their daughter will become a star high school player simply by paying them two to three grand a year (not counting tournaments, fundraising, gear etc…!).
So these girls, who have been playing club volleyball three to five nights a week, year round, since sixth grade while their doting parents tell them they’re the best one on the court, suddenly realize, only six can girls start on a volleyball team. 
And because they haven’t been told the truth by club sport coaches, who rely on parents’ fantasy that their child is exceptional  to keep the cash coming in, reality can be a harsh mistress especially for a teenage girl who’s working her way through so many other adolescent issues.
Your kid isn’t special. He or she has a 1 to 2 percent chance of getting a full college scholarship and a .03 percent chance of playing in just one professional game. This twisted mixture of encouraging our children at all costs combined with all the worst aspects of that tiger parenting BS is creating a generation of children who have no ability to bounce back when faced with their first taste of real adversity.
No one told them only six players start on your high school volleyball team.
You can read a little more on my take on club sports here.  They’ll be a lot more on this one…

2 thoughts on “Your child is not special and they're not getting a full ride either

  1. This reminds me of the comedian who tells about the accordion instructor, the most devious
    con-man of all. He sells the parents on their child’s inherent ability to be a “star’ accordion player, then sells them a series of progressively more expensive accordions, by telling them their child has “exceeded the capabilities” of the kid’s current instrument.
    The joke is: the accordion instructor can only play ONE tune himself, “Lady of Spain.”
    Anything else he attempts sounds like the playing of a first-year accordion student

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