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Ten-year-old Rogan Miller spends nearly all of his free time playing basketball. Most days after school, Rogan practices at the gym near his home in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He spends hours copying the moves of professional players. On weekends, he 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, I can make it to the NBA,” says Rogan.
Rogan is one of countless kids across the U.S. who dream of one day going pro. Many train and compete year-round in sports such as gymnastics, soccer, and tennis.
But not everyone thinks all that competition is a good idea. Some people say it takes the fun out of playing.