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Why? Because they want to. My older son was a three sport varsity kid in high school and went on to play junior hockey with multiple college offers so let's let the 'your kid was no good anyway' stuff stop before it starts. The sad reality is for many kids who attend a competitive sports high school they need to specialize at an early age just to make varsity. Girls soccer, boys hockey, boys football....camps, select & club teams, year round training unless the kid is a very special athlete by local standards.
But many of my son's hockey friends stopped playing other sports in 7th-8th grade because they wanted to just do one. No crime in it.
I agree with the OP on this. Playing multiple sports doesn't make you a better athlete, but being a good athlete allows you to perform at a higher level and enjoy success in multiple sports. Most of the kids in my small town play multiple sports, however, besides maybe one or two in each sport, it is the same "athletes" that are standing out in each.
While I also agree with the OP I do find it strange that he posted that on a forum in 2016 like its some new found information that he discovered by talking to another parent at an all start baseball game.
Its been like this since the beginning of time, and there is a reason that a ton of those athletes are recruited for multiple sports and even drafted for multiple sports.
but congrats for bringing something that has been prevalent in youth sports since the 1950's into the spotlight !
The better athletes play multiple sports because they are athletic, which usually means that they do well in several sports. My kid is decent athlete, but is better at hockey than he is at baseball, but he is still better at baseball than the majority of baseball kids. I also coach kids on a baseball team and a hockey team and the kids that are really good are good on both, and the kids who are average are average at both sports
Well said! In my small town the kids that are really good at Baseball are also really good at Hockey, Lax and FB. I am surprised at how many kids play year round hockey. I know my son would burn out fast and revolt if I did not let him play other sports.
When I was in high school I was on a US national team and our federation mailed a letter to my school excusing me from all athletic activity and any form of gym class. Can't say they were too understanding about my interest to play other sports.
What does "getting them outside" have to do with playing multiple sports? Can't they mountain bike? Hang with their friends? Have a girlfriend? Oh, you haven't gotten to that stage yet? That also varies kid to kid.
At a certain age, you don't become a better hockey/lacrosse/football/baseball/soccer player by playing other sports. Doesn't mean you can't.
At a certain age, if your kid aspires to excel at one sport, they will need to focus on that sport. That is the current philosophy. Fight it if you want. It is cyclical, you can wait out the cycle. But, your kid's still gonna grow up.
USA Hockey won't allow their "properties" to play other sports. So, the argument that other sports benefit their hockey clearly stops.
At a certain age.
Very true. At our local high school almost every kid plays some club level sport and focuses on usually one, sometimes two. This includes hockey, baseball, volleyball, soccer and a few more. The unfortunate thing is these kids become so focused and advanced with their professional coaching that the high school experience is sometimes a let down. For example a few years ago when BA was the place to play in the fall for Bantams & Midgets the parents fully believed they had maybe 2-3 teams that could have made the Super 8. And then some of the kids went back to their high school and the coaches are still forcing them to play 1970's style hockey and getting yelled at for not playing 'dump & chase' hockey.
I'm sure the other club sport players have many similar experiences.
Like That 70's Show everything happens in the basement.