Double Down On Sports

  • Colby Gomes
  • July 19th, 2017
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(fourth from left) That's me, jumping up and cheering for my basketball team. Multi-sports are a valuable way to divide skills (photo by Elaina Ewing)

(fourth from left) That’s me, jumping up and cheering for my basketball team. Multi-sports are a valuable way to divide skills (photo by Elaina Ewing)

Some athletes have been dedicated to sports ever since they were young, including me. I’ve been playing sports ever since I can remember. From little league baseball to first seeing a high school field, sports is all I knew.

Many young athletes grow up playing multiple sports, but I have noticed this culture is slowly dying. Parents, teachers, and coaches all seem to have the athlete pick one sport or the other. The world is slowly losing their multi-sport athletes and are ruining the sports scene.

Athletes should to go back to old times when people played more than one sport and there were no year round seasons. Seasons are set up for a reason, and that reason is so players can pick more than one sport without conflicting schedules. Although now, it seems most are just playing a single activity year round.

With professional sports growing more and more, athletes seem to be drawn to the fame and fortune of making it big, and start focusing on their “best” sport. When the one sport does not work out, the athlete doesn’t have anything to fall back on because he/she focused all their time and effort into one basket.

If a pitcher plays baseball year round, his body doesn’t get the proper rest it needs to heal from the past season. The wear and tear he puts on his arm and body could wreck him. When an athlete plays a sport year round, they are only working out certain muscles. Muscles not used during a sport tend to get weak, and are more likely to pull or tear when used again because the athlete didn’t properly rest themselves.

Pitching all year round can put unneeded wear and tear on the arm. Photo by Emlily Seaton.

Pitching all year round can put unneeded wear and tear on the arm. Photo by Emlily Seaton.

In addition, most college coaches recruit for their sport and their sport only, but that should change. If there is a kid who plays baseball and basketball like me, and is good enough to play both in college, why not give them a shot? If one sport doesn’t work out, they will still have the other one to fall back on.Pay to play leagues are slowly dying which is good. The best players should play at any level regardless how much money their parents can afford to throw at a sport.

Multi-sport athletes tend to have better grades as well because schools and coaches have rules and standards for their student athletes. If an athlete has a failing grade, they aren’t playing period. If someone plays one sport, he/she may pay attention in class for just that season, but then slack off the rest of the year. A football player who also plays baseball can’t slack off because they have to continue to pass classes all year long to be able to compete. This gives them more motivation to keep up their grades.

The ability for high schools and universities to provide their athletes with the opportunities of multiple sports is not only beneficial to the students, but the school’s facilities as well. Schools everywhere will be represented by young athletes allowed to show their potential and strive for the best. It is a greater outcome for all.

 

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