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Ten-year-old Rogan Miller spends nearly all of his free time playing basketball. Just about every day after school, Rogan practices at the gym near his home in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He spends hours shooting three-pointers, working on his defense, and copying the moves of his favorite professional players. On weekends, he sometimes travels hours to compete in tournaments and plays as many as five games. One website lists Rogan as the 24th-best basketball player in the U.S. among fifth-graders.
“I know one day if I keep practicing,” says Rogan, “I can make it to the NBA.”
Rogan is one of countless young athletes across the U.S. who dream of one day going pro. Many kids train and compete year-round in sports such as soccer, gymnastics, and tennis.
However, not everyone thinks all that intense competition is a good idea. Some people say it puts too much pressure on kids and takes the fun out of playing.