I know playing multiple sports during a single sports season is not going to be a popular topic, but I’ve had a few families including my own try to accomplish this impossible task. Team sports is all about the giving 110% to the team, not just yourself as an individual. There are many individual sports that you can choose if you want to focus on yourself and not a team. Plus if you sign up for a team sport and miss a ton of practices, you are not only hurting yourself but also the team that is counting on you during the games. Parents take it from me, your child can not give 110% to more than one sport during a sport’s season and go to school and do Spring, Summer, Christmas and Thanksgiving vacations. Does your employer allow you to miss work and work multiple jobs? Not usually, because it hurts performance.
Let me start with my family, several seasons ago, my oldest son was selected for a competitive Spring baseball team and I was also coaching an off-season Spring Flag football team composed of my regular season tackle football team. The Spring flag team was a drop-in team just to keep the boys in shape for those that did not play baseball. My oldest son missed about half the season of the flag football to Spring baseball. Plus our youngest son was also playing flag and soccer at the same time. Needless to say, my wife and I were run ragged and neither team got 110% from any of us. I was the most upset with myself because I made the decision that we could be Supermen.
Over the many years of coaching youth sports, Ive seen a small percentage of families pull off multiple sport participation. Many of these families were large families with older siblings or close relatives that could drive everyone across town at a moments notice. But, the vast majority of families that try to play multiple sports during a sports’ season, either quit the team or the player becomes a minimum play player because coaches could not count on the player to show up for practices and or games.
Since I tried to do the multiple sport participation juggling act, I am old school on the topic now. Hindsight is 20/20. 🙂 You can’t divide 110% by 3 Sports and get 100%. It just does not work. Coaches may tell you its ok little Johnny can miss, because most of us do not want any extra drama at practices. Bottom line, coaches do not like anyone to miss practices or games, except for the occasional excused absence; school function, illness, funeral, car / transportation issues, etc.
So parents and players, please play only one sport during a sport’s season. This is only fair to the team. Sure you can play multiple sports during the year, I did and loved it. My freshman year in High School, I swam, ran track, played football, basketball and baseball and played racquetball on the weekends. But after my freshman year, I focused on football and played racquetball in the off-season.
Play for fun and Winning is funner.