Coaching: Are Kids Today Pushed Too Hard in Sports?
He will get 3 weeks off (his only break of the year) and then start football practice the second week of August. He will have practice 5 days a week for 3 weeks and then drop down to 3 practices a week for 7 weeks when the games get started. His season will be a six game schedule with a bye week lasting until October 15th. Basketball practice will start during football season around September 15th, having two practices a week for a month and then games will start. The basketball season will last until the middle of March playing approximately 35 games. He will continue to have 1 to 2 practices a week on top of his games.
So a recap of a normal year for him would be 45 baseball games, 40 baseball practices, 6 football games, 30 football practices, 35 basketball games, and 40 basketball practices. The scary thing about this is we are a smaller school district for our area, the bigger school districts around us tend to have more games and practices than we do!
Now I will compare that to a normal year for me when I was a kid. I had 16 baseball games, 20 baseball practices, 6 flag football games, 6 flag football practices, 10 basketball games, and 10 basketball practices. That is quite a bit different! When I was a kid I don’t remember hearing the words “he/she quit when he/she got to high school because they were just burned out from playing so much as a kid”. Unfortunately I hear these words quite a bit now.
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- Chris Donohue