Monday, October 19, 2009

Picking a sport:

A lot of Division I athletes excelled in a lot of sports in high school. For many athletes not only is it a struggle to decide on a college, but a lot of them have to pick which sport they want to specialize in during their college years. Most Division I athletes are true athletes, and can be good at whatever sport you are thrown in to.
It is important that you choose the sport that you are most passionate about. It doesn't necessarily mean that you have to choose the sport that you are the best at. Just because you are better at one sport than another doesn't mean that is what you have to do in college.
High school athletes right now are being forced to choose one sport over another and totally specialize in something. That shouldn't be a decision that an athlete has to make at the age of 15 or 16. The more sports you play, the more athletic you will be, and you will be more successful in the long run.
If a coach wants you to pick a sport, then you should start by talking to them. Try to work out a compromise and explain all the benefits you will receive by playing other sports. You can even point out that you will be better at that sport if you are allowed to play other sports. Playing other sports keeps you active all year round, and makes you work hard at something all year round.
Hopefully you are never put in the position to have to make a decision like this, but if it comes down to it and the decision has to be made, keep these things in mind:
- Choose a sport you are passionate about
- Choose the sport you enjoy working hard at, and that you feel most satisfied after putting in a lot of effort
- Look to your future, if you see yourself playing this sport in years down the road, then it is probably something that you will enjoy sticking to
- Most importantly, choose the sport that you have the most fun playing. If you are not having fun, then it isn't worth it.

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