Two interesting articles. I see pro’s and con’s to the travel experience and I think it is impossible to paint the situation with one wide brush. Most importantly, the positives are the many opportunities provided through an expansive marketplace and the potential for a good athletic experience. The negatives include the increasing costs associated with the marketplace, the general lack of oversight, and loss of freedom and creativity that comes from kids organizing themselves.
Bottom line is organizers and participants need to be aware of the potential pitfalls and research best approaches for individual and collective success.