How long should I support my daughters softball career

Oct. 18, 2010, 12 a.m. (ET)

Each week we tap the experts at Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) to answer one question from the Responsible Sports Community and post it on our site. Recently there was a question from the softball audience:

“My 16 yr. old daughter plays "Gold" softball, where almost all of the seniors have scholarships due to the exposure that these teams draw. However, I don't see my daughter doing what is necessary (practicing batting at home for example) for her to have a chance at this level. I believe this is her responsibility and that I shouldn't even have to ask her to do this. She is in honors classes coming into her Jr. year in high school and is a very driven young woman. We will be spending between $2000-3000 this summer alone for college exposure tournaments, lessons, bats, etc. At what point should we require more effort in order for us to keep supporting her financially?”

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