and now I know why. It’s all my birthday’s fault.
It’s nice to be able to put that to rest. whew.
We’re not the only one that have seen that. I finally tipped to it in the years I’ve been following the Little League World Series closely. It’s stuck out that nearly half of all the players on teams that make it to at least regionals turn 13 during regional and Series play in August. Having coached around that age group, I’ve noticed that the better players tend to have birthdays in late summer to fall.
The end result isn’t a surprise. The early adolescent growth spurt leaves a marked physical difference between two kids born 6-9 months apart. The kids with birthdays soon after the cutoff date are physically suited to benefit the most from that training. Of course, this means they’ve started moving the cutoffs up. Little League went to a May 1st cutoff this year, and several other youth sports organizations have followed suit. It’s not going to fix the problem, it’s just going to change who benefits.
What it comes down to is, we were born 30 years too soon.
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