Sports overlapping sports

Athletes participating in multiple sports can damage an athlete's performance.

Athletes participating in multiple sports can damage an athlete’s performance.

Should athletes be able to play different sports while in a current season? Many coaches say that while they don’t prohibit it, they definitely do not encourage it. There are many problems that can arrive from playing multiple sports in the same season that include; injuries, breaking down of form and distraction. All of which could cause a lack of progress in the seasonal sport’s team.

For example, playing a fall season of club softball during high school volleyball may bring injuries to a player that would keep them from playing their competitive sport. It could also cause the breakdown of the form they have been working on during the season, because of the difference in movements needed for different sports. An example of this would be that the footwork used by a catcher could be confused if they practiced club soccer footwork during the softball season. Dale Bean, coach of DMilaco Red softball, says that he does not want girls to be playing soccer during his summer season. He views it as a complete distraction, because weekends and practice times often overlap. Typically players view overlapping seasons as a chance to improve on multiple sports, but Bean believes it only distracts them.

The overlapping of seasons effect most multisport athletes. The athletes should be careful on what form they practice during their seasons, and should be conscious of the problems that could arise. Making a choice between one sport and another may be hard, but it could be beneficial to the athlete in the long run. They will typically be able to excel at a higher rate if only one sport is played per season. Coaches, like Bean, would much appreciate it if athletes would commit to one sport. They believe it would in the best interest of the athlete by allowing them to have a more all-inclusive experience.