This is why D1 coaches love multi sport athletes.
This is why D1 coaches love multi sport athletes.
I think it's OK for the outfielders, as long as they have always had a 300 or better avg.The results can be quicker reflexes, faster running speed, better hand eye coordination, more explosiveness, etc.
(I am about to channel my inner Screwball) Why is it that when a boy plays more then one sport its fine, but a girl has to abandon everything else in order to be committed. The school my dd goes to has less then 300 girls, yet our sports teams generally play in the larger divisions of our conference. Our softball team plays in a division where most of the schools have graduating classes larger then our school. Its not because we have a girls who specialize in one sport, its because we have a bunch of 3 sport athletes who play everything.
Edit to ad, I just caught the last point in your post. Are you kidding me? Few elite in one sport played multiple? Professional sports are full of such players. Like I said we are a small school, in the past 5 years our school has produced 4 division 1 athletes and a handful of division 2, and a boatload of division 3 athletes. Every single one of them played 2 or more sports, 3 was the norm and one girl lettered in 4 sports. The other school in our school district is a bit bigger and has had similar to slightly larger numbers of kids moving on to play in college and most of those played 2-3 sports in HS. The one girl was a pitcher on her travel team, on the HS team plus played volleyball, basketball and pole vaulted on the HS team and traveled the country competing in track and field events. She is now at a Big Ten School on a scholarship for Pole Vault. I would venture to guess that she would be considered an elite athlete (her state record in the PV would be evidence of that) and yet she played other sports.
Last edited by chinamigarden; 08-26-2012 at 08:48 PM.
Perfect Circle (08-27-2012)
We will have to agree to disagree. Maybe it is done differently in the rest of the country because I don't see it with my DD's softball friends and team mates. In fact, none of her softball friends and team mates play another high school sport. Her TB team is so competitive if you don't make practices or you miss tournaments your play time is severely affected. The only excused absences are college camps, unofficial/official visits or SAT/ACT testing. But we all make our choices.
Just a discussion here. It's OK to have a different opinion. I think our definition of an elite athlete is different. I'm not talking about pro athletes, I am talking about a softball player who can play D1 in college. I am not the coach who expects full on commitment, they just happen to be in the area my DD plays. But where we play the fall season is a season and I agree it might be narrow-minded but such is the case. We are not in a position to switch areas and I happen to like Ca.
The pro athlete is such a small percentage of the whole athletic population and they are pro for a reason; I don't think that's a "whole bunch". Again, JMHO
Here is where I disagree with the good coach. As for me and my pitcher/catcher/ss... it is a year round sport. She swims,skates,plays tennis/racketball & takes some karate. All without joining teams, that IMHO just babysit, and never compete in national events. DD's family friends DD just won the QUEEN OF DIAMONDS CHAMPIONS this weekend. Lets see anyone throw 100 pitches aday, 2 pratices aweek, and a batting lesson, all year, and have time for anything else. We live 2 blocks form the YMCA, so swimming is easy to work in couple times week , but only because she does her pitching motion in the water, and plays with a bumble ball, with other "real softball" girls, then plays racket ball. She has been blessed with gifts, that other can enjoy, and has no trouble with finding other parents that want there DD's to cross train with her. She uses it to play with her long time friends that didn't commit as much as she is, and that didn't make the teams she does. She loves to just play, without crushing her little friends, as long as they don't pick up a bat, or put on a glove. DD knows the economics of the whole thing as well. She don't want to spend money on the signup, a shirt she would only wear to bed, and a picture, that will never get hung on the wall. She wants BumBa cleats that match uniform, composite bats, and truly LOVES her batting coach, would go everyday if I could afford it.(If softball is out of season)
Another reason is I have had a real hard time finding the Perfect HC for her, and team. I don't want her setting under the influence of other philosophies. Getting a HC, Batting Coach and a Pitching Coach all in sync, is next to impossible.... when you do that, you don't want anyone else saying squat, about anything. Softball is why I don't have a Boat.... we all focus on what she has excelled at.
But most importantly, as she chose to play TB A, it came with the understanding that she is to get straight A's this year too.... Mom, has found this to be very time consuming too, and will scream if anyone wants to try and add anything else. She is sick of her mini van, and wants the sports cars back that she had all her life.
Last edited by Perfect Circle; 08-27-2012 at 07:59 AM.