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multi-sports for kids

October 16, 2020 04:04AM
I'm a big believer in kids experiencing multiple sports. Like anything else, when you experience different things with different people your horizons expand. The obsession with having to create super athletes in a single sport starting at age 5 or 6 is warped, in my opinion.

My daughter joined a competitive swim team in I think 4th grade. She loved it. We didn't realize until after she'd joined, however, that it was 10.5 months a year. They got 3 weeks off in August and about 10 days at Christmas and that was it... Still, she loved it. 4 practices/week. The coaches asked her to go to a 5th and we said no. It would be too much time for her and our family. She became good. Good enough that I thought if she kept it up she might swim in college.

But after fours years she started to burnout. The pressure to attend an extra Saturday practice. Or two! Attend more meets. No down time. And as high school approached she wanted to try and experience something new. She finally stopped swimming entirely and joined the volleyball (fall) and lacrosse (spring) teams in her high school and has never been happier. She won't do either sport beyond high school but that's so not the point. She's learning, meeting new people, competing and getting better. With the pandemic volleyball this fall has been moved to February-April. So she decided to play soccer- having never played one minute of soccer in her life. She's mostly riding the bench but did play in her first game the other day. Again never been happier...

  Middle School Sports.... multi-sports or not?

JamesJM40October 02, 2020 11:46AM

  funny you mention that

21Dog17October 02, 2020 11:54AM

  Wish I had seen that...

JamesJM15October 02, 2020 11:59AM

  Re: Middle School Sports.... multi-sports or not?

waterfield14October 03, 2020 09:52AM

  That's truth....

JamesJM12October 03, 2020 10:01AM

  You hear a lot of stories..

sstrams13October 03, 2020 11:43AM

  In my experience...

JamesJM12October 03, 2020 12:20PM

  I am all for multi sports

ferragamo7910October 05, 2020 08:46AM

  Re: I am all for multi sports

waterfield7October 15, 2020 01:35PM

  I was C/O 1985. All I played was baseball. It used to KILL me to see....

Ramgator13October 07, 2020 05:12AM

  Re: I was C/O 1985. All I played was baseball. It used to KILL me to see....

waterfield14October 07, 2020 08:19AM

  11th and 12th grades were ok. But I HATED 10th grade!!! HATED IT!

Ramgator12October 08, 2020 04:12PM

  multi-sports for kids

LMU9314October 16, 2020 04:04AM

  competitive swim team in 4th grade

ferragamo799October 16, 2020 05:56PM

  Re: competitive swim team in 4th grade

waterfield7October 16, 2020 09:15PM

  Swim meets

waterfield7October 16, 2020 09:21PM

  Re: multi-sports for kids

PHDram9October 17, 2020 04:16AM

  Re: multi-sports for kids

waterfield11October 17, 2020 08:40AM

  Very short anecdote...

JamesJM8October 17, 2020 09:19AM

  Re: Very short anecdote...

waterfield7October 17, 2020 10:15AM

  Another anecdote...

JamesJM9October 17, 2020 10:36AM