Single sports

shoprat2

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Just watched the Gumbell show about sports on HBO. Had some very interesting things to say the current push to make kids single sports specialists. As a parent or coach very much worth watching.
 

BASESWIMPARENT

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My son plays two sports at a pretty high level. He swims and plays baseball. By far, the high school baseball coaches have caused him the most grief about swimming and the club swimming coach used to castigate him about baseball. Basically, what I am saying is despite the best efforts of his parents, he was forced to choose a sport and he chose baseball. But the problem is the coaches.
 

Happygoluckky

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In soccer the club coaches publicly say they like the idea of two sport athletes, but the reality is 3-4 practices all over town along with show cases and national travel for leagues creates a situation where you have to chose if you want to be at the highest level. Often the practice schedule flexes and the times and places are not static. So you are good if you can find a sport that has a season that runs from Jan 15th - Feb 15th.
 

thavoice

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My son plays two sports at a pretty high level. He swims and plays baseball. By far, the high school baseball coaches have caused him the most grief about swimming and the club swimming coach used to castigate him about baseball. Basically, what I am saying is despite the best efforts of his parents, he was forced to choose a sport and he chose baseball. But the problem is the coaches.
I concur but it does not have to be. I think a lot of it stems from the club and travel coaches from my experience but I have seen school coaches bad as well.

I coached at two places. I got a nasty call from the hoops coach because a few kids missed an open gym, in June, to play in an important league baseball game in the summer and he threatened PT if they continue to miss and they wonder why their baseball program is bad even though they have talent.

School 2.
Big summer baseball league or tournament game that falls on a lifting day. FB coach would have the pitcher just be a spotter at lifting so he would be strong and fresh.
7 on 7? No worries. The FB team would go into some of them with their 2nd and 3rd QBs as the baseball players would play in the summer tournament game instead of attending the 7-7. The current coach has even been seen throwing BP.

In turn, we would not schedule a game, or practice, when they had 7-7s.

That is at a school that is the second most successful FB program in Ohio since 2000 and has also brought home multiple state baseball titles in the last decade.


It CAN work if the coaches allow it and work together. It is a bad practice for coaches to put the kids in the middle and make them choose. Some still go with their heart, some what their parent says, some to a coach thy feel more threatened to lose PT. Bad all the way around
 

Kballer

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Have kids that played 2 sports in high school. Managed to juggle it and they all competed for starting positions in both with a couple of state titles and individual honors to boot. Where they lost out on was being able to attend recruiting events. Saw kids who were not as talented get looks from higher level schools based solely on performances in club level tourneys Or prospect days that unfortunately fell during our kids’ other sport season. It all worked out- all played college level sports (2 D1), but for all these College coaches that claim they want multi sport athletes they sure make it hard for those that do to attend major recruiting events. I believe at least one of ours could have easily played at a more prestigious program but actually loves where he landed and is playing both sports he loved in high school which has been an incredible experience.
 
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Happygoluckky

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Yes. A college coach told my son he only recruits at DA events and overseas. Not true for all coaches but showcases and national leagues sure make it easier to get ID-ed.
 
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