Originally Posted by orangechik00
Curious to coaches' policies in regards to track athletes participating in other sports outside of school (JO volleyball, club soccer, AAU basketball) during track season. Thanks for any input coaches might have.
I'm at a small school, so I'm not in a great position to play hardball with these athletes. More accurately, I like to leave the door open for them, so that maybe they have a good experience with track and field and want to increase their level of commitment to it. We'll let them on the team, but I won't bend over backwards for them. We can only help kids improve if they're present. I'm definitely more sympathetic to the younger kids who don't know better. I don't want to slam the door in their face too soon.
I've had some kids who can't go to weekend meets or can't stay past the 1600 at dual meets because they have a JO volleyball tournament that weekend or a practice that night. Those kids end up with far less opportunities to make a case for why they should be on the postseason roster. I can live with that.
The more frustrating part is when these kids get injured during these other sports and expect us to track coaches to pick up the pieces when it's quite likely that those same injuries are not enough to make them skip any practices or games at that other sport that got them injured in the first place. I've had a few occasions where kids will come in Monday and say their legs are killing them after they had an all-day JO volleyball tournament on Sunday. I also once had a kid who couldn't go to a Friday invite because she had to get her neck adjusted after heading the ball during a club soccer game.