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The Trials and Tribulations of Raising a Colorado Athlete

By Kasey Cordell, 5280, 08/07/18, 12:00PM CDT

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Every AD we spoke with argued against early specialization. Multisport athletes tend to suffer less burnout, get fewer injuries and have higher game IQs.

Landing on the cover of a magazine is quite an achievement, but when youth athletics claimed Time’s September 4, 2017, cover, it wasn’t all trophies and ticker-tape parades.

“How Kid Sports Turned Pro” detailed, in less than glowing terms, how clubs and coaches — and even cities — have transformed big-league dreams into a $15 billion industry in America.

The reality is that few Colorado high school athletes will go on to the pros and less than five percent will have the opportunity to play in college. Even so, that doesn’t mean the cash parents invest in club fees, equipment and travel isn’t money well spent.