College coaches site a “diversity of skill sets,” “ability to accept different coaching styles,” and “increase athletic IQ” among many reasons they prefer to recruit multi-sport athletes.
…and the list of stories and hearsay for the benefits of playing multiple sports goes on.
But who is proactively teaching these benefits? Is there anyone out there coaching youth sports based on the premise that skills, “sports IQ,” and benefits transfer from sport to sport? Have you ever heard a coach say anything like:
“Practicing and getting great at this skill will also help you in [Sports X and Y], which I know you also play.”
“This motion that I am teaching you now is almost exactly the same in our sport as in [Sport Z]. Here’s how it’s the same… Here’s how it’s different.
“If you want your footwork to get better for our sport next Spring, you should play [Sport A] in the Winter.”
This is where MPower is putting its flag in the ground: let’s teach kids a love of sportS, and build good health and athleticism through a focus on skills and knowledge that transfer from sport to sport. And to life beyond sports.
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