One Sport Athletes – Part 3

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  1. Pat Rosenquist

    I always shake my head when I see the best athletes stick to one sport. You watch GFC struggle in football every year since 2007 yet they’re playing for State Championships in hockey. Someone ask Jake Marto or Robbie Bina if it’s possible to achieve the dream of playing UND hockey without specializing. Both played football and baseball all through high school. Both competed for State Championships in other sports. How about if leaving HS early to play in the USHL is a must? How about Brooks Bollinger? Didn’t seem like playing for State Championship in hoops and playing American Legion baseball hampered his ability to reach the NFL. If anything, playing multiple sports helps you reach the next level in your sport of choice.

    1. highschoolsportsstuff

      Pat, thank you for your comments. Take a peek at the 1st and 2nd parts of this series along with some of the comments throughout; you’ll see that much of your sentiment is echoed throughout.

      I hear Marto’s, Bina’s, and Bollinger’s names here quite a bit as examples of multi-sport athletes. Those guys are excellent examples of what I like to talk about. They were athletic, talented individuals who had the opportunity to play at the highest level of college sports – which put them among a very, very small percentage of high school athletes. I think that everyone is able to recognize that they had exceptional talent to begin with, then coupled that with a work ethic to be the best they could. The danger in youth sports today is that we’re sending only half of that message to our youth as a whole. We spread the message that they can achieve the same results with a superior work ethic and a will to be the best, but we ignore that there are many other factors that come into play. We certainly don’t want to rob kids of those goals and dreams, but we need to do a better job of realistically painting the picture.

      To answer your first comment – I took a look at Central’s hockey roster. Off the top of my head without digging out fall rosters, I think about half of our varsity hockey team played a fall sport. I see 6 football players, 3 soccer players, and 2 tennis players…although I may have missed a kid or two. Specialized hockey players are one of our struggles. I typically get about half a dozen phone calls every fall from parents of freshmen or sophomores asking about the transfer rule and how leaving to play hockey elsewhere might effect their eligibility upon return. The best we can do is to keep pushing out accurate information and hoping that coaches and parents are giving kids the whole story before allowing them to decide which direction they want to head.

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