The general concensus since the beginning of time is that the younger generations are softer than we were.I know that you guys are joking and it is a common thing to just say that this generation and their parent are just soft. But I do think that it is very hard for multi-sport athletes to excel at multiple high school sports in this day and age despite what recruiters and scouts like to say. Most of the trouble comes from high school and club coaches and not the college recruiters.
In some aspects it is true, but in others.....not so much.
When I think about 'back in my day' it was much easier being a 3 sport athlete. Spring and summer was baseball. August through the end of football was football season, and then you went into basketball.
The only co-mingling we ever did was in January of hoops season a few of us would go and hit on Saturday mornings for a little bit on our own. Sometimes we took it more seriously than other weekends and we were a pretty decent team/program.
Nowadays........these kids get pulled all different directions. I want to say it is tougher being a 2 sport athlete now than it was a 3 sports in the late 80s, early 90s.
I was thinking about all of this a couple of months ago when I was talking to my Godson. He has been able to piece together a full baseball and football schedule in a pretty decent program, work part time even in season, and on the side does wood working projects for people and I am like man, when I was a kid no way was I doing that much!
Coaches demand more out of season nowadays. Luckily, for us, back in the day summer was baseball season. I coached summer HS baseball for a decade and by the end of that run we had to keep a spreadsheet to know who was going to be there on certain nights due to kids missing for evertying else.
We compromised with the basketball coach to not schedule anything on Monday nights so they could do their thing.
With football we had an agreement with the coaches taht the kids would attend baseball tournament games instead of 7 on 7's, etc, and if we didnt have a tournamen gme then we would not schedule any baseball those nights of 7/7 so the kids were not put in the middle to have to choose.