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How the Youth Sports Industry Misleads Parents

How the Youth Sports Industry Misleads Parents

It isn’t uncommon for young athletes to dream big. Any youth devoted to their sport will eagerly tell you their ambitions of playing in the big leagues, mimicking the roar of the crowds as they score that buzzer-beating shot. But in the face of reality, we intuitively know that those childhood dreams rarely come true, and the data backs that up: according to the NCAA, there are 10 million high school athletes in the US compared to just over 400,000 college athletes across all sports. At the professional level, that number is drastically smaller. So why do youth training camps and similar programs in the youth sports industry continue to peddle parental fantasies about their children as future professional athletes?

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