Sunday, 7 November 2010
These days there are a lot of sports vying for your kids time (and subsequent lifetime devotion). So obviously there are few different tactics in play by the various sporting organisations :
1) they can rely on what they consider is a good product, put low budget ads on tv, hang banners around the place, give you a few free sessions before you have to register, pay and buy a uniform -and of course devote your Saturday mornings for the rest of the summer (i.e little athletics)
2) they can do no marketing, charge newcomers and give lollies at the end of each session (i.e orienteering)
3) they can find a great big sponsor, put flashy ads on the tv, give you five 5 x 1 hour coaching/fun sessions plus a ball, bat, backpack, hat, shirt, samples of milo and an activity book for $55 (which your mum pays for anyway).
You can see which sport Zali went for this week.
Of course, of all the sports, cricket is probably only just ahead of AFL in terms of what I feel would be a good sport for Zali to play and have a future in (and I judge this on the level of support that the senior womens teams get relative to the senior men). I think ultimately cricket just wants Zali to be devoted enough to watch cricket rather than play, and of course AFL might be playable in a different state but in Tassie I don't think there's even a womens league. So if Zali is still keen, we'll probably do some more little athletics this summer once the cricket is over.