Supporting one's child on a sports team isn't always a walk at the ballpark. Parents face complex demands that require a repertoire of skills that are rarely discussed or taught.
The New South Wales government has come in for heavy criticism over its $2 billion plan to knock down and rebuild two of Sydney's largest sports stadiums.
The first step in reviving a lost sporting culture is to involve young Australians in working out why sport has lost its appeal and how to reverse the decline in youth participation.
The relationship between commercialised sport and junior sport has largely been left to the periphery of Australian sporting analyses.
There is much work to do if Australia is to eradicate various barriers to participation in sport.
Child sport success relies on having a positive parental influence.
In their hearts, everyone associated with the AFL knows the decline in the community is real.
Many clubs sign players as young children and make them agree to not play anything else. The evidence suggests they're making a big mistake.