No to Early Specialization

Have you heard of “early specialization?” It’s where young kids are put into a sport year round at a very early age. There is no evidence to support the theory that early specialization leads to long term success. One of the problems is that most team sports are what are called “late specialization sports.” This means that early concentration/specialization has actually been shown to slow development rather than speed it up.

“There is considerable research that shows that exposing young kids to a wide range of motions at an early age will make them better athletes in the future, no matter what sport they decide to play,” said Ken Martel, the technical director for USA Hockey’s American Development Model.

If you want your child to be a great athlete, don’t focus on one sport, play a different sport each season.

Same kid learning new skills from different sports

Same kid learning new skills from different sports