Well djdawg, I was the one who asked, and I must say your take is very interesting. Quite amusing in fact. I seriously doubt that overworked single moms created the explosion of recreational soccer in America. Most people I've encountered started playing soccer because their friends were playing soccer. In my children's cases, all three of them were invited to play by a friend who was playing at the time. In fact, my youngest DD was invited to be the goalie of a select team last fall despite never stepping foot on a soccer pitch prior to the invitation. She was a natural. But she prefers softball, so it was a short but extremely successful soccer career for her. My son started playing baseball one year before he started soccer. He played both for six years before giving up baseball because he just didn't enjoy it. He never played catch with his father. My ex must have missed out on that ritual where father and son play catch, because he never did anything sports-wise with any of the kids. In fact, he's fought my support of their sports tooth and nail, and very rarely comes to any of their games.
I also can't quite figure out why you think baseball is in trouble. I haven't noticed a decline in number of kids at the local little league over the past ten years. There are so many girls playing competitive softball now, there aren't enough coaches/umpires to support it.
And I have to giggle a little at your assertion that there's no equipment required in soccer. We started baseball with just a mitt and a pair of cleats. Soccer was shinguards, cleats and a ball for home practice. Pretty similar. Over time we added batting helmet, batting gloves and bat. In soccer, it was goalie gloves and shirt (very spendy - price them out), hip pads, and elbow pads. Overall, I've spent way more on soccer equipment than on baseball. And that doesn't count uniforms, which have always been provided in baseball, but I've had to buy for soccer. Those puppies can add up to $150 + per season. So, I'm not buying soccer as the cheaper alternative.
Baseball is more familiar to me, as I grew up watching it. I didn't know the rules, though, just the basics. I learned the rules when my kids started playing. Same with soccer. It's what a good single mommy like myself should do. If they were into competitive chess, I would do the same. Thank god they're not! :lol: But the funny thing is that the more you understand a game, the more appealing it becomes. Before my kids played sports, I wouldn't dream of sitting down by myself and watching a baseball game or a soccer match. Now I find myself doing both fairly frequently. There's room for both (but I think I'll always love baseball more). I'm just happy that my kids are active and healthy, they have a sense of belonging to something, and they get the benefit of learning to balance personal goals and team goals. It's all good.