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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.