I recently came across a training schedule for a local “elite” travel team for one particular traditionally Spring sport (4th and 5th grade):
FALL: 5 team practices; 1 Fall tournament
WINTER: 5 training sessions (1-hr each)
SPRING: 1-2 Scrimmages
SUMMER: 6 team practices (2-hrs each); 3 Summer tournaments; 3-day/2-night team camp
…Nothing that I find truly offensive (except the cost!). But what if instead we created a team whose schedule looked something like THIS as an example?…
FALL: 5 team soccer practices; 1 Fall soccer tournament
WINTER: 5 team basketball practices; 1 Winter basketball tournament
SPRING: 5 team baseball practices; 1 Spring baseball tournament
SUMMER: 6 team practices for general sports IQ (2-hrs each); 3 Summer tournaments (1 each of soccer, basketball, AND baseball)
…If this were meant to complement a kids’ community rec league schedule, with a focus on transferable skills and sports IQ, I wonder how that would look. Could it be a viable alternative to year-round, single-sport, “elite” travel programs, with the benefits of 1) fun, 2) athletic development, and 3) [hopefully] less burnout and fewer overuse injuries?
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