If you've been reading articles at Breakthrough Basketball for any length of time, you probably have heard us say that athletes at the youth level, and at least through the junior varsity level, need to stay involved in multiple sports to become better athletes.
Videos on Early Specialization & Playing Multiple Sports With USC's Pete Carroll, UVA's Dom Starsia, & FSU's Bob Braman
In Mike Boyle's blog article Early Specialization - Part 3, he mentions an article by STACK magazine where they interviewed three of the most successful coaches about early specialization.
- Dom Starsia - UVA's Men's Lacrosse Coach
- Pete Carroll - USC's Football Coach
- Bob Braman - Florida State Track Coach
Dom Starsia - Bio
All three coaches believe that youth and high school kids should play multiple sports to become better athletes.
Starsia said " for young guys,- especially those seventh, eight, ninth and tenth graders- it's a little too early to decide that you are going to a football player or, that you are going to be a full time lacrosse player."
Pete Carroll said "The first question I ask about a kid is what other sports does he play?… I really, really, don't favor kids having to specialize in one sport."
Braman said "versatility becomes more important when on the men's side I'm looking at twelve scholarships and I'm trying to divide them up."
If some of arguably the best coaches in their sport are recruiting athletes who play multiple sports, what do you think you should be doing with your athletes?
Pete Carroll - Multi-Sport Athletes & Early Specialization
Dom Starsia - The Value of Playing Multiple Sports
Bob Braman - Importance of Versatility for T&F Athletes
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