OAKLAND — Parents of high school and youth athletes know the drill well. Club ball, travel teams, elite level, by whatever label, there exists a certain pressure to register sons and daughters for these programs to better their chances of playing at the next level.
For sure, the system has its pluses. Besides an exposure to higher levels of play, young athletes get to meet people they would otherwise have not met and travel to places they otherwise would have not seen. Still, many families find the costs annoying. And further, too many others find them prohibitive and can only watch their children fall away from the sports they love.
Bishop O’Dowd High School junior Tyler Manca wanted to address this issue in his chosen sport — baseball.