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I've personally been super anti-kids class in the past and it was totally a selfish bitter millennial thing. When I started racing as all the generations before me did you practiced for a little bit and then were thrown in with the grown men and women to either sink or swim. You end up learning a lot and if you are willing to stick with it through the frustration RC became a really fun hobby.

In my region in the last 6 years or so these 'future champions' kids classes started popping up. We make this big huge deal about the kids being there and clap for them and make the experience special which I always rolled my eyes at but having moved into an industry position the perception shifts and I now realize how important it is.

RC is majority a sport for adults due to cost and travel, but we still need kids and young adults to perpetuate the future generations of the hobby and if these kids classes or novice classes add a buffer that will allow kids to enjoy the hobby for what it is before they are thrown in with the adults then great.

Shoutout to The SOS Series, The Race Like a Girl Crew, and The RC Pro Series, they are just the most recent examples I have. Even cool stuff like the Nitro-X Summer Camp help grow the hobby as a whole so good on everyone.

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Tyler Hooks is a recent college graduate with a BBA in management and a Minor in Communications from St. Edwards University as well as a ROAR Stock National Champion and was apart of the IFMAR World Championship USA team in 2016. Tyler is currently an Editor as well as in the Advertising department at Live Race Media and frequently is apart of the broadcast team at major events.

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