Agree. And soccer is often the first sport that can be played at a competitive level (their parents signed them up for fun soccer for a couple years - the kids are more focused than others and excel due to athleticism, so club at U8 seems the next logical step). Competitive baseball starts here at the (soccer equivalent) U10 level, competitive basketball at the (soccer equivalent) U11 level. So sometimes, you just get those "serious" athletes that want to play sports at a competitive level sign up for U8 club soccer because it's available and they like soccer - they stick around for awhile because they like it, but they also try club baseball and basketball as they age into it, and then by the time U12-U13 comes around, something has got to give and they leave soccer for a sport they enjoy more. Even though they've been in soccer the longest; sometimes the length of their soccer tenure is just because of sheer availability.