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Noshad Sunny Azad

For many young athletes, the opportunity to participate in youth sports leagues is a dream come true. But as Jill Filipovic writes in her essay “Let’s Play Ball,” the reality is that these leagues can be exclusive, expensive, and require a level of commitment that many people cannot afford.

Filipovic argues that the current system of youth sports leagues can create a class divide, with those who can afford the fees and commitment having access to better resources and coaching. Those who cannot often get left behind, unable to join the best teams, or even teams at all. This lack of access means that those who need the most help in developing their talents — those from low-income backgrounds — are the least likely to get it.

The costs of youth sports leagues have become increasingly prohibitive, and Filipovic points out that the fees have grown even faster than tuition at private schools. These costs can be so high that even families with good incomes may have difficulty affording them. Furthermore, the demands of these leagues — such as travel and weekly practices — can be a strain on any family, regardless of income.

Ultimately, Filipovic argues that the current system of youth sports leagues creates a class divide and makes it harder for those who are already disadvantaged to access opportunities. She calls for greater access to quality sports leagues for all, including those from low-income families. This can be accomplished by providing more financial assistance for those who need it, and by creating leagues that are more accessible to those who may not be able to commit to the same level as wealthy families.

Filipovic’s essay makes a strong case for greater access and opportunity in youth sports leagues. It’s clear that the current system can create a class divide that leaves those who are already disadvantaged at a further disadvantage. With the right changes, these leagues can become more equitable and accessible to all.

Margaret Muthoni

Jill filipovic responds to argument that the response to access and opportunity in youth sport league She introduces "they say" arguments when she says that kids from wealthier families can join costly club travel teams, but because of a lack of funding in poorer communities, there are fewer options for low-cost recreational leagues and school-sponsored sports.

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