Damn if you do, damn if you don't

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    I would like parents take on the subject cost of clubs. I've had a couple clients bring up the subject why the cost of club is so high. After hearing some of them complain that they have been ask to pay $2k + for G2008-06, I thought it was hilarious. I told them that was a normal rate going in their area and some of the surrounding cities. They said that they would get 2 tournaments, referee fees, SCDSL Fall League, registration etc. but uniforms are separate. Also normal to me but when I informed them that I had a friend that charges for G2007 a little over $1k that included the same things except they get 4 tournaments and the coaching fee was covered, of course uniform was separate there were excited to know more. When I informed them that they would have to drive 15 miles to were the team practices, their reaction was "Never mind, its too far for me". LMAO, what wrong with this picture?
     
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    Unless one of the parents is stay-at-home, transport can be a huge issue. With my son, could put him in a team where I work in the blink of an eye, but we are stuck with limited choices around where we live....grandfather transports and he's not comfortable driving long distances on freeways anymore. Nannies too (even driving ones) give people lots of complaints if they have to drive long distances (and they are hopping from gig to better gig all the time). Even if you are stay at home, that's dead space the kid can't use to do something else (homework...practice soccer), though even with a 20 minute drive my son often had to do his math homework in the car. And if you are one parent juggling 2 kids activities then the longer the distance the harder you have to juggle between 2 possible different locations. And if you have a baby or toddler that has to go along for the ride, well that's a long time to keep them still. We talk about that some kids may miss out on soccer because they can't afford the training....there's also a group out there that doesn't have the transport to do club soccer (and they aren't all working class).
     
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    I would jump at 15 miles in comparison to my 50 mile drive to Great Park in Irvine! Sign me up!
     
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    Holy crap! 50 miles? Where are you driving from?
     
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    Man loves his kid if he is willing to drive that far.
     
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    Seriously. All I know is that 50 miles in any direction from Irvine means about 2 hours of traffic at typical practice times...I don't know if my sanity could take 2 hours one way stuck in a car with mine on LA freeways. Especially because my DD insists on controlling the radio dial on the way to practice. #todaysmusicsucks
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    This is a two part rant. One cost, the second distance. Depending on club field costs continue to rise. Our club puts our $700K a year. You drive out of preference.
     
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    Inland Empire, practice starts at 6.

    Drive averages 50-60 minutes. 10 Freeway West, 15 South, 91 West, Toll Roads into Great Park. Get the most traffic on 15 South, everything else is relatively wide open.

    We alternate weeks driving with good friends a few miles from us.

    DD plays for 04 Pats DA.
     
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    I listen to Podcasts, Joe Rogan is my go to.

    DD and our carpool buddy chat it up half the time and the other half have their ear buds in.
     
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    That’s the worst thing about driving to and from practice. It’s either 97.1 AMP Radio or of course KIIS FM. No real music at all...lol
     
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    Sanity? That train has left the station.
     
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    And I thought I was the only dad that knows every word to every teeny bopper song ever written.
     
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    I taught my kids young. Classic Rock since they were born.

    Nothing brings a tear to my eye like coming home and hearing Queen, Pink Floyd or CCR on Sonos.
     
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    That's not quite as bad as I thought it would be, but I guess you are going against the major flow of traffic coming out of OC at that time of day. Not too many folks commuting back home to Irvine from day jobs in the IE .
     
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    I will say with some pride that my kid busts out some AC/DC and Metallica whenever she wants to get pumped up for a game.
     
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    My daughter's favorite is Dean Martin, she has listened to the Rat Pack Christmas CD all of her life and is now downloading his songs. Pretty funny.
     
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    In HS, we would blast "Back in Black" (the tape...) in the locker room for every home pregame. Those songs bring back some good memories.....
     
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    After years of driving to & from practice, my 2003 DD has come to appreciate and love listening to the old man’s Jack FM. We still flip back and forth to her stations but Daddy rules LOL

    As for cost, I am still debating for my 2008, not quit ready to splurge another of over 2k for fight II season plus Spending extra $$ keeper training. I am all about development for her. BTW, still looking for a team for her and we live in Chino. She’s a keeper (go figure). Please PM me.
     
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    First music. Early indoctorination is key. My 03 DD had a steady flow of Marley, Jack Johnson, Eagles, etc and plays one of those CD's/streams on the way to practice. Her teammates are always "how do you know that song?".
    As for costs, ours is $2100, includes three tournaments paid, SCDSL and 2-3 trainings a week. Uniforms are extra.
     
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    As the kids get older and if serious about soccer, I know several players/families have made the trip. And not just distance but traffic direction and time involved.

    Player 1 - Santa Clarita to Chino Hills 2x week
    Player 2 - Rancho Palo Verdes to Chino Hills 2x week
    Player 3 - Laguna Beach to SD Polo Fields 4x week
    Player 4 - El Toro to Fairplax 2x week
    Player 5 - Cerritos to Great Park 2x week
    Player 6 - El Segundo to San Juan Capistrano, then Costa Mesa and now Woodland Hills 4 week

    One in particular, prior to LAGDA started boarding HS program, commuted 4x week from Palm Desert to Carson.

    Its a value proposition that only the player and his/her family can make and justify. There simply is no way to generalize what's acceptable and what's not in terms of distance and time.
     
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