“Travel sports seem of our time, not simply in their aspirational striving to purchase an edge, to get ahead, but in the way they create inequity and separation within the culture. Most people don’t have thousands of dollars to invest season after season in a nine-year-old third baseman. On a municipal level, most towns cannot compete with the lush facilities of the travel enterprises.” But this isn’t a story about baseball. It’s a story about community and what it means that there are fewer and fewer places for people of diverse backgrounds to gather, even within a single community. Nicholas Dawidoff in The New Yorker: What Gets Lost as Little Leagues Get Smaller.