What I think is ideal does not exist. Rec soccer year around. Its only like 10 games in the fall. Comp soccer is year round. So that was our only choice. Ideally for the littles (say ages 4-9) they could play year round rec. But that does not exist, at least not around here. Then go to comp around say age 10 if are serious. Year-round rec would be more pragmatic. Affordable for all. And the kids still get lots of touches. But I get it, its hard to find the volunteers. I mean, I'm not saying comp is not worth the cost. It really depends on the coach you get. But for most people they would prefer to pay less for less coaching (licenses) but still have the kids play a lot.