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Sunday, April 10, 2005

`WHY NOT DO ALL THREE?'

This article from the San Jose Mercury News (registration required) points out how 3 sport athletes are becoming more and more rare. I have witnessed fewer and fewer kids in high school doing this. It is a shame because it almost seems as if students are playing sports in high school as if it was their profession. This amazes me because that is not the point of high school sports. Only a small percentage of these students will play and college and those who do will not play in a major Division one school. Here is an excerpt:

Once, being a three-sport athlete in high school was the ultimate sign of being a top jock. Today, the very best athletes often are encouraged to choose a single sport that offers the best chance for a scholarship. It's either that or risk becoming a jack-of-all-trades and master of none.

As recently as last summer, the coach of Shiller's Oakland-based summer basketball team was lobbying him to drop the other sports.

``I definitely encouraged Drew to not play all three sports,'' Lou Richie said. ``I told him that whatever sport he really wanted to play in college, he should focus on that. The two hours he was using every day to practice football or baseball, he could have used on basketball.''


FOR DISCUSSION: What are the pros and cons of playing multiple sports?

2 Comments:

Blogger Taylor said...

The good thing about playing 3 sports is that you will stay in shape all year. But if you do not enjoy a sport during a certain season there is no need to suffer through it. Enjoyment should be considered not scholarships. Enjoyment is what sports are there for.

11:08 PM  
Blogger Mr. Warsnak said...

I totally agree.

6:12 AM  

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