Opinion of a high school specialized athlete
While I can understand the multisport pros I would definately say there is room for the specialized athlete, however agree with some of whichc was said, I think the TRUE specialized athlete isn’t that common.
First off I would say that it must be all of the athletes descision.
I realized some people say that an athlete should do other sports because it gets their muscles working and such, and that is shows they are dynamic however, if a player is mature enough to make a decision of single sport than I think they can keep it going.
It was said that students often begin to not enjoy it or something. Their are exceptions where they will enjoy it, one being myself. I’m surrounded by baseball and enjoy every minute. Baseball of actual team practice and games runs February to end of July. August is usually off (I still work on my own) and thenn september is fall ball. Since my last game of fall ball I have been ready to play my spring season, and working to prepare.
Believe it or not their are High Schoolers that can set goals.
For instance the football players usually complain that they have to go lift after school (their program isn’t even that intense) Although our school is top in the State we don’t have baseball team conditioning in preseason, however you can find almost all our varcity starters working out at the indoor baseball facility several days a week, most of whom are specialized) I make my own decision that i want to better myself so work out on my own, decided by myself, for myself.
I think their is something to be said that scouts like multisport becacuse they are dynamic. I think this is a generalization. Some people say they are specialized when infact they are not, I wouldn’t count the lazy left fielder that only works at practice and never does anything on their own.
If you are criticising someone like I just described about being specialized I COMPLETELY agree.
I just wanted to point out that while they aren’t incredibly common, their are plenty of athletes out there that want to take their game to high levels, and love the game so much that they can be mature about making a decision and sticking with it. I do realized that you don’t HAVE to specialize to play high levels (probably our two best ballplayers are getting letters from top colleges in baseball AND football)
I just think for some specialization can be the way to go. I might as well break it down from a personal standpoint
Baseball: self taught, began read what Mills said at age 7 (I’m not your average kid, if anyone feels that is debatable we can go deeper, lol), a big help was a book our school library had, forwarded by Seaver, Gibson, and others, whish I could remember the title. I’ve have read and researched many other baseball writer since. I’m probably the only kid i know that has tapes of several major league pitchers motions, as well as hitters, and use this to better myself. (My dad played baseball through like 3rd grade, this is all my decision) I love the sport, and am still learning today. I love every aspect any every minute (well except when you get beaned while hitting, lol) I will note I have not chose to specialize till HS, any earlier and I do think it is the wrong choice.
Basketball: I could have played, but I don’t enjoy it near as much as baseball (and they conflict slightly).
Football: Flag was a blast, QB’d for the championship team, but I don’t enjoy contact sports all that much
Hockey: It’s not even a high school sport where I live
Track: conflicting season
All of this against how much I love baseball, I definatly choose baseball.
If any one they can explain to me why playing something like basketball as well would be a better choice, feel free, I’m listening
No I’m not trying to make this personal in any aspect, I’m just trying to get my point across.