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At what age or ability level should a kid have to give up one sport for another? 14:42 - Oct 10 with 1805 viewssherpajacob

a talented kid I coach at grass roots under 10s is in his local ADC, one step down from full academy.

Wednesday he trains grassroots, Friday he trains ADC, Saturday plays grassroots and Sunday occasionally plays rugby at grass roots level. he's a decent rugby player, he can already place kick and drop kick over adults posts from the 22.

The amount he can play rugby is limited because the ADC sometimes arrange matches for Sunday including full academy trials. It seems obvious to me that these take precedence over grass roots rugby. However his grass roots rugby club take a different view and say unless he commits to most Sundays they wont play him and suggest he gives up rugby. eg he can play rugby this Sunday in a tournament but they've told him not to come.

If he was in the full academy he would not be allowed to play grass roots anything.

As a grass roots football coach I can sort of understand them needing commitment from kids, but equally if a 9 year old turns up with a pair of boots for a grass roots game of rugby on a Sunday I think he should be allowed to play.

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At what age or ability level should a kid have to give up one sport for another? on 12:58 - Oct 11 with 396 viewsRissoleCoughlin

There was a study not so long ago of Bundesliga 1 & 2 players conducted to find out their sporting backgrounds and how much time they spent playing multiple sports v single sports as children. Those interested can Google the full details, but the overwhelming conclusion was that the vast majority of professional players in Germany's top 2 tiers spent their childhoods doing multiple sports as opposed to simply concentrating on football from an early age. It wasn't until around 14 years of age they started to specialise.

The paradox is that most world-class elite level players do seem to have just specialised in football. If you're going to get to the level of a Messi or Ronaldo then single sport specialisation could well be a factor but you'd better be very lucky avoiding injuries due to overuse of the same joints and muscles, and have an exceptionally focused mindset that won't lead to subsequent burnout and abandoning the game in your teens. Most children, even exceptionally talented ones, do not have that mindset because, well, they are just kids. For every elite level pro who took this path there must be another 999 who didn't make it due to burnout.
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At what age or ability level should a kid have to give up one sport for another? on 20:11 - Oct 11 with 342 viewsminimichu

At what age or ability level should a kid have to give up one sport for another? on 12:58 - Oct 11 by RissoleCoughlin

There was a study not so long ago of Bundesliga 1 & 2 players conducted to find out their sporting backgrounds and how much time they spent playing multiple sports v single sports as children. Those interested can Google the full details, but the overwhelming conclusion was that the vast majority of professional players in Germany's top 2 tiers spent their childhoods doing multiple sports as opposed to simply concentrating on football from an early age. It wasn't until around 14 years of age they started to specialise.

The paradox is that most world-class elite level players do seem to have just specialised in football. If you're going to get to the level of a Messi or Ronaldo then single sport specialisation could well be a factor but you'd better be very lucky avoiding injuries due to overuse of the same joints and muscles, and have an exceptionally focused mindset that won't lead to subsequent burnout and abandoning the game in your teens. Most children, even exceptionally talented ones, do not have that mindset because, well, they are just kids. For every elite level pro who took this path there must be another 999 who didn't make it due to burnout.


Great post mate.
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At what age or ability level should a kid have to give up one sport for another? on 18:06 - Oct 13 with 273 viewsTheFranchise

At what age or ability level should a kid have to give up one sport for another? on 12:58 - Oct 11 by RissoleCoughlin

There was a study not so long ago of Bundesliga 1 & 2 players conducted to find out their sporting backgrounds and how much time they spent playing multiple sports v single sports as children. Those interested can Google the full details, but the overwhelming conclusion was that the vast majority of professional players in Germany's top 2 tiers spent their childhoods doing multiple sports as opposed to simply concentrating on football from an early age. It wasn't until around 14 years of age they started to specialise.

The paradox is that most world-class elite level players do seem to have just specialised in football. If you're going to get to the level of a Messi or Ronaldo then single sport specialisation could well be a factor but you'd better be very lucky avoiding injuries due to overuse of the same joints and muscles, and have an exceptionally focused mindset that won't lead to subsequent burnout and abandoning the game in your teens. Most children, even exceptionally talented ones, do not have that mindset because, well, they are just kids. For every elite level pro who took this path there must be another 999 who didn't make it due to burnout.


I read something similar too.

The academy system has huge flaws, they want kids away from bad coaches but then the kids arent allowed to be kids and burn out long before they hit their peak.
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At what age or ability level should a kid have to give up one sport for another? on 21:22 - Oct 13 with 219 viewsexhmrc1

given your experience of local kids football you ae no doubt aware many kids play football on saturdays and rugby on sundays. it is the ADC system that is the problem in this case. no coach in whatever sport should play a child who turns up a few time a season over a kid who turns up every week.
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At what age or ability level should a kid have to give up one sport for another? on 21:58 - Oct 13 with 209 viewszedlep

Rugby is a great team sport, the kid should go for it. He sounds reasonably talented. Every team needs commitment. Football is a dreadful industry comparable with horse racing in how cut-throat it is. There is next to no emotional support in football and football clubs have little/no intention of providing the simplest common sense direction to kids. The PFA are treated with contempt when they try to change things. 5000+ professional footballers. 1 in 4 ‘normal’ people will have issues with their noggins in their lives, how many for footballers? 1 in 3? 1 in 2? How many kids get wrecked by not making it to professionalism? Run away from it. Pick up the oval ball.

Zedzdead

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