Kids and year 'round sports

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I continue to be amazed at how everything in life these days is bigger, faster, longer, more intense...everything from work schedules to vacations to sports seasons. As far as sports,  I remember when the NBA ended it seemed like in April, and now they play until Independence Day I think.  It's crazy!  And for today's kids who play sports, it's unending.  I coach high school boys lacrosse, so I have a birds eye view of what the youth sports world looks like.  Year round travel ball, intense competition for travel teams, specializing in only one sport, and very early burnout for alot of kids.  And honestly, I'd say in half the cases of early injury or burnout, it's probably the parents who are creating the environment.

When I was a kid, I played 3 sports per year with breaks in between, and still had down time in the summer to hang out.  Today, I know some young kids who play literally hundreds of games per year IN ONE SPORT!  If you want to freak yourself out, check out the historical stats of Tommy John surgery on teens and preteens.  These kids are burning out, and in alot of cases are hurting their developing bodies.  Also, SPECIALIZING TOO EARLY IN ONE SPORT IS BAD!!!!!! I know lots of college coaches, and every single one would pick a well rounded athlete over someone who only knows one sports.  Just ask one.

So, I know it won't happen, but I wish everyone would step off the throttle just a bit.  If your kid is good enough, a college coach will find him.  And if he's not, then he can enjoy life a bit more.

Steve Hines, CEO