[quote=“laflippin”]-------Me too, but I think that strengthens my point when you compare how many football guys also play baseball.
The same metrics are in play for football/basketball guys…the end of regular season HS football + play-offs overlaps with pre-season training for basketball and perhaps the beginning of regular season basketball.
It doesn’t really matter whether the baseball season or the basketball season starts out with “unimportant” non-league play…by the time guys are done playing their earlier-season sport the coaches of the next-season sport have conducted all of the pre-season training and evaluations that they are able to do. Rosters are set toward the end of pre-season training, JV vs V decisions are made then, and yes, there is always going to be some wiggle-room for the more talented athletes…but I’m just saying, all of this pressure goes toward making athletes choose one sport, at least in the cases where two favorite sports may overlap with one another.[/quote]
I agree that the weighing of players skills by the coaches is mostly done, but little of that weighing is done in a vacuum. By the time players get to the V, chances are the coaching staff has a pretty good handle on the player’s skills relative to the later season sport. There are issues though. FI, 2 years ago, a kid from SC transferred here. Supposedly he was a 2 year V baseball and Basketball player, and he’d gotten here too late for summer ball.
Our coach told him that he had no problem with him playing basketball, but if he didn’t play fall ball, all he could do was guarantee him a spot on the spring team, and he’d have to spend a lot of time trying to convince the coaches he should be kept on the team once the league schedule started. That was the only guarantee he could make and still be fair to the other players.
Turns out the boy played fall ball, and by the time it was over, our coaches had to seek a doctor’s care for something that lasted more than 3 hours. So, there was no problem at all in the spring. The next year it wasn’t even an issue. He earned his spot from his play during the season, and the summer, and could have skipped fall ball but he didn’t.
So, I suppose he was “pressured” into one sport, but the reality turned out that he was so freakin’ good, he could literally have done anything he wanted and he would still have been on both teams. Its much more difficult for players of lower “quality” because they have no leverage, and in that sense I’d agree they’re pushed into one sport.