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Multi Sport

Importance of Playing Multiple Sports

Many of us grew up playing sports when those sports had defined seasons. Lacrosse and Baseball were in the Spring, Soccer and Football were in the Fall, and Basketball and Wrestling were in the winter. Nowadays things have changed, nearly every youth sport offers opportunities to play year round, the size and influence of private clubs have increased exponentially, and many of us are feeling pressure to have our child move to a club and specialize early to because we don't want our kid to be left behind or to miss out on a future opportunity to play at the college level. We have gathered some info on this page to help parents understand the risks of specialization too early and club sports impact on youth sports overall.

Jim Brown

HOF Running Back Jim Brown Played Lacrosse

General Guidance

1) Specialization before age 14 is not recommended.

2) Specialization and over training lead to injuries and burnout.

3) The focus of youth sports should be to have fun, develop fundamental skills, relationships, and memories. 

4) Being dominant at a young age is not a good predictor of performance in High School or College.

5) Its OK to play in the offseason but kids should have breaks and  play other sports too.

Jeff Tambroni, Penn State
On recruiting multi-sport athletes

“I really believe multi-sport participation increases the athletic I.Q. of players. Players can work individually on developing skills, but being a member of different teams provides opportunities to develop game instincts that produce more athletic players. There are parallels between certain sports, and we’ll look at a player’s athleticism in another sport and project his potential as a lacrosse player.”

Percentage of High School Athletes Playing in College

Stats from

US Soccer Article on Specialization

“If you talk to college coaches today, and this would be college coaches of any team sports, they’ll all tell you — whether it’s a soccer coach, football coach, basketball coach, doesn’t matter — they’ll all say, ‘We want multiple sport athletes because those are the ones who perform best at the intercollegiate level,’”