College recruiting is a very competitive process. Many high school athletes are being pressured to pick a single sport to increase their chances of receiving an athletic scholarship. As a former multi-sport athlete, this concerns me. I understand the reasoning behind dedicating all of your time and effort to becoming the best at a single sport, but I truly do not believe it is necessary for all sports.
There are 3 dangers in picking a single sport to dedicate all your time to as a young athlete:
1. Too Early to Tell
When I was in 8th grade I played almost every sport, but it really came down to basketball and baseball for me. In middle school, I was able to play all the sport seasons I wanted and I made it work. The summer of my 8th grade, I had a lot of pressure to quit baseball and play basketball year around so I could attend all of the AAU basketball tournaments. Playing a legitimate summer baseball schedule would be impossible. Being 14 years old, I didn’t know what sport I would have the best chance to play in college at and my father refused to make this decision for me because he understood my love for both sports. I played a lot of basketball and baseball that summer but I ended up leaving a very good AAU program because I was not able to commit to playing all the dates. It was way too early to tell for me what sport I would excel in being a 5’4 120 lb athlete. I excelled athletically, but physically it was just way too early to tell. I ended up becoming a Division 1 pitcher and throwing a baseball at 90 MPH.
2. Enhance Your Athletic Ability
Playing multiple sports helps you become a well-rounded athlete and will enhance you athletic ability by competing in other sports. Playing ...