College Recruiting Series: Single Sport vs. Multi-Sport Athletes

A struggle many student-athletes are faced with today is the decision of whether to play multiple sports or to just stick to one sport and master that. Playing one or multiple sports both have their advantages and disadvantages. If you happen to be in the process of deciding what type of athlete you want to be, hopefully the lists below will prove helpful in your decision-making process.

Advantages of Being a Single-Sport Athlete

When an athlete decides to give their all in a single sport, it can prove rewarding. By focusing your attention on just one sport, you will, no doubt, become somewhat of an expert in that given sport. You will have a lot more time to practice and focus on improving your skills in that single sport. You will also have the time to attend combines, tournaments, and join club teams that you may not get the chance to do if you play multiple sports.

Advantages of Being a Multi-Sport Athlete

There are also many benefits to be gained by playing several sports. When you participate in multiple sports, you absorb different types of skills and disciplines from each sport. Also, by playing a few different sports, you will decrease your chances of burnout. Playing the same sport over and over for years can become tedious and eventually may not be fun to play anymore. By switching up the sports you play every couple seasons, you are more likely to keep enjoying these sports.

Deciding What’s Best for You

When it comes time that you are faced with the decision to continue playing multiple sports or concentrating on just one sport, you have to be sure to listen to your head and heart. While it can be insightful to ask your family and friends for advice, you are ultimately the one who will be playing. Keep in mind that the main reason athletes play sports is to have fun. Whether you are playing multiple sports or just one you should always be having fun with it. This should be your main factor to consider in your decision-making process.

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Article written by Courtney Dorrel, courtesy of SportsForce, Home for professional and affordable College Sports Recruiting Tools, Tips, Online Profiles, Highlight Videos and Premium Services.

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