There are varying opinions on the value of playing multiple sports in High School. No doubt, there has been more talk in recent years of ‘specializing’ in one sport.
I was watching the local news last night when WSBT TV (CBS) Mishawaka, IN ran a story on a LaPorte (IN) 12th grade athlete named Dustin Demuth who had received a scholarship to play baseball in the Big Ten at Indiana University starting this fall. The story indicated he had been all conference in football, basketball and baseball in one of the toughest conferences in his state, the Duneland Conference.
LaPorte baseball coach Scott Upp, who leads a baseball program that has been ranked as high as number one in America, had this to say about the growing trend of ‘specialization.’
“If there are coaches out there that are telling kids to play one sport, I think they’re crazy,” Upp said. “Because while you’re working on drills and everything else like that, he’s out competing against Crown Points and Merrillvilles and things like that, running from 6’2”, 280-pound linemen. He’s trying to get away and make plays. So he’s competing, and you can’t really substitute that. And basketball, with time winding down, he’s got the ball in his hands, he’s learning how to compete. And all those things that happen in other sports just make him that much better in baseball.”
Dustin told the station, “I love competition. I love being out there with my team and making plays, and I’m just fortunate enough to play three sports”
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What are your thoughts?