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My 11 year old grandson is very good at soccer, Basketball, tennis, and

baseball and he plays at the travel/club/academy level in all but tennis(which is more of a hobby at this point).

His sports time demands are huge and he is also supposed to study and do well in school. He is now in the 5th grade, but his study/academic time demands will increase each year. IMO there is almost no chance he can play multiiple HS sports We often talk about whether he will be good enough just to play any sport at his future 2,000+ student HS that plays at the largest school level in Marietta GA. He is not going to be taller than 6 feet or so and shows no sign of having a huge vertical jump. right now he runs as fast or faster than the other kids on his teams, which is one reason why he excels, but after puberty that can change and other kids may catch up.

It should be noted that The travel/club coaches expect a full time commitment which basically means year round participation starting very soon in his case, so he is going to have to make some tough choices as multi sport participation at the club level where the best youth players play is simply not possible after about age 12.

As far as being able to play (meaning as a starter and not just being a bench warmer) in multple sports in HS, you better go to a small HS where the competition level is lower or you better be a great, not just very good athlete, because you will not make the other HS teams. At OSU Meyer is recruiting truly elite athletes, but other than the skill position FB players how many excel or start at other HS sports. I expect very few do very well in tennis, golf, soccer, baseball, LAX, swimming, etc. How many OL and DL OSU guys played HS sports that require speed and dexterity and specialized skills? Not many IMO. Even skill position FB athletes that are 6 feet tall or less will have a hard time playing big school HS basketball without near full time participation as a kid. In all likelihood they will not be good enough shooters to start in HS Basketball, although they may be great athletes. Also they will rarely be good at soccer, LAX, tennis,golf, etc.

Athletes with pro potential or those who have even high D1 level potential are few and far between as we all know and those that have made it are the ones who people talk about.

[Post edited by 1969hoo at 12/31/2015 10:52AM]

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Posted: 12/31/2015 at 10:47AM


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