(CNN) – Between America’s solid run in this summer’s World Cup and the kickoff of the NFL season, kids have had no shortage of inspiration to suit up for fall sports. But if it’s a child’s first season, parents may underestimate the costs.
This summer’s soccer action provided a lot of inspiration for young people.
“I was thinking, maybe I can make it that far and play in the World Cup.”
At the Golden Boot soccer camps in northern Virginia, it’s a common theme.
“Every World Cup we see an increase because more kids get in the game, they stay in the game.”
Events like the Olympics and the World Cup give aspiring athletes new heroes.
“Now, as people start to become more aware of these World Cup stars, they are going to have role models.”
And children want to go out and play just like them. Parents rarely hesitate to let them, realizing the benefits.
“If you’re a kid that doesn’t talk in school, you can go to soccer, and you have many friends there you can just talk to.”
“It’s also teamwork. You get to work together, and I always get to know the other team a lot.”
“I get to do things that I love, and get exercise too.”
For soccer, football, or any youth sport, the costs of registration, equipment, and uniforms, can add up. And with growing youngsters, items like cleats, shorts and jerseys, may have to be purchased multiple times.
Parents should also be mindful of off-field expenses: stopping for post-game meals, gas to get to and from a competition, and hotel stays for travel leagues, should all factor into a family budget.
While some parents will want to let younger children sample many activities, it’s not only more cost-effective to stick to one or two, it will also leave more time for school work, and for proper rest.