Yeah, I didn't know jersey costs, but facility makes the most sense. I know public schools like Walnut, Lakota East and Taylor have all started youth programs in recent years so hopefully that'll lead to more success for at least those public schools soon. But, on the flip side, Oak Hills has had a youth program for a decent amount of time I believe and hasn't had any sort of sustained success. I don't know what the inner workings of those programs and their youth programs are like, but I wonder why it hasn't, at the very least, led to Oak Hills being more competitive in the GMC.$100-200 for jersey’s isn’t the main cost. The main cost is the facility. It’s probably 80% of club fees. My guess is AAU basketball and girls club vball is more expensive.
As others have said it more about getting kids playing earlier. Most athletes are still play basketball, football baseball and many other sports at 11/12/13/14 etc.
I think any club/AAU/select sport is just more conducive to private school kids in general because they're likely coming from a place of more financial stability or parents that have the money. Obviously this isn't one size fits all. The costs of these things in general is already high, but then you factor in money for travel, hotels, food, etc. and certain kids are going to be priced out. Hopefully with the growth of the sport, some sort of lower income club/team will come about that can cater to kids that can't afford the Vanguards, Attacks, OPs, etc. of the world.