It is in the very first few years of adolescence when the parents have the most influence on a child's involvement in athletic activities. It's during this period in a child's lifetime when their parents are the only influence that they experience. There are many factors that parents have control over regarding involvement in sports, or just extracurriculars in general. This article talks about how parents are the main sources of encouragement, introduction to sports, financial support, and obviously transportation. Without these influences, a child is left without the opportunity to participate in youth sports.