Committing to one sport year-round comes at a cost

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Committing to one sport year-round comes at a cost

Postby CM Newspapers » Sun Aug 13, 2017 4:40 am

Committing to one sport year-round comes at a cost
Families can pay thousands of dollars for a child to commit to travel, club teams.

...It’s a sacrifice for the families as well, who can find little time for big outings or vacations. Instead, the trips to anywhere from Portland to New York City are the vacations.

“It’s really what the family chooses to do,” said Pete Howard, whose sons Nate, a 2017 Erskine Academy graduate, and Nick also play for the Lightning out of the Edge Academy. “Some families decide that they’re going to spend $10,000 or $15,000 on a trip to Cancun. Others such as us spend, say, a few thousand dollars traveling every weekend to go play baseball. So it’s little mini vacations all summer long.”

With money and time on the line, some parents expect a return on their investment in the form of a college offer. Program directors and coaches remind them to be realistic, but some don’t hear the message.

“We certainly see both ends of it,” Copp, from Edge Academy, said. “We have some parents that I would call delusional as far as their realities go. We’re fortunate enough in our facility where we don’t see many of those people.”

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Re: Committing to one sport year-round comes at a cost

Postby CM Newspapers » Sun Aug 13, 2017 4:46 am

Hoping for scholarships, more high school athletes focusing on one sport
Some coaches and elite athletes say it's better to be well-rounded, both mentally and physically, by playing multiple sports.

... Cony boys basketball coach T.J. Maines says athletes should play multiple sports but acknowledges that the specialists and full-year players hold a trump card.

“If you’re a scholarship-level basketball kid, college coaches aren’t up here watching Maine high school basketball,” said Maines, a former men’s basketball coach at Thomas College. “It’s the exposure. You have to go out to get seen.”

It’s not just true for basketball. Athletes join clubs like the Maineiax for lacrosse, Maine Majestix for field hockey and the Edge Academy for baseball and softball. Furthermore, Seacoast United director and coach Martyn Keen said that youth soccer has “exploded in recent years.”

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