It began when I turned 4. I quickly got caught up in it by 5. When I was good enough to represent our city I was involved in this game 4 or 5 days weekly from September through April. I was allowed to attend a school that focused on this during summers from the age of 8 through 16. The tuition was steep; yet I enjoyed every minute of this schooling. I was involved in this while I attended college; however, after college it became a hobby on the side since I was now working for a living.
I have subsequently moved to a new country, changed careers yet this besides my Better-half and our children has stayed relatively constant. I am now 18 for the third time and I continue this obsession once a week 51 weeks/year.