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    I lost my eligibility due to transfer after the season started and I WAS LOST at the new school without a sport to do. I needed to participate in a sport year round. Fortunately the head track coach was the instructor of the gym class I was placed in, and elected one day for the class to do 2-lap races around the skinny and short indoor track. I was paired against what turned out to be pretty fast runner and a head case. He got the jump on me and I didn't know how to safely pass him on the narrow and pretty steeply banked curves. I stayed just behind him and sort of shrugged at the end of the race. Lo and behold the coach immediately approached me and invited me to the indoor track workouts. I was happy though didn't realize he had sprinter in mind rather than distance running.

    Point being, come hell or high water I was going to do a sport year round. Played JV football as a sophomore (And marched in the band at the varsity games, BTW) but ran cross as a junior. That same coach that had my gym class had reason to get angry with me later, because I used to bring a basketball to the school early and a bunch of us would play pickup basketball in the gym (in stocking feet). He warned us the first time he caught us, but took my basketball (sniff) the second time. That was the second half of my senior year during which I was ineligible for any sport. I became sports editor for the school paper (a form of compensation, I think), instead.

    I don't think it has anything to do with "roundedness". Playing sports is good for the soul.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle N. View Post
    Well going back to what I said before, I don't know what Proudpatriot's kid's school is like. There's a school up the road that wants students to only do one sport, and ours encourages as many as the students want. He needs to evaluate the school and how hard the teams are to get on. Also, the reason I did wrestling is because I was on the basketball and I kinda sucked. I had absolutely no friends on the team. I'm not even sure half the players liked me that much. I did wrestling because not only did I never play for how much work I put into basketball, but because I knew I had friends that would stick with me. They have no problem wrestling with me on the weekends and the off season. Proudpatriot's son needs to look at his specific situation.
    My son is at a fairly small private school with a strong sports program. The kids are encouraged to play as many sports and participate in as many (or as few) as they wish. The sports teams have a no cut policy, but they are competitive with respect to playing time. There is a school rule that coaches must let their athletes finish the sport they are playing before they move on to the next sport.

    My son is an excellent student (4.85 GPA in middle school) who thrives on having a lot of different activities. In addition to sports he is in the marching band (trumpet) and he plays electric bass. We don't force him to play any sports, he chooses what he wants to do. My middle son only plays lacrosse and is marching band (he's going into 7th grade).

    As long as my son is happy and doing well in school, then I am happy. I see so many wrestling people who have their kids specialize in wrestling at a really young age so I was curious to see what others thought about multiple sport athletes.

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    Extracurricular activities whether it be athletics, band, academic teams, etc help build character, something that will last longer and have more impact on someone's life than a state placement or championship.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Proudpatriot View Post
    My son is at a fairly small private school with a strong sports program. The kids are encouraged to play as many sports and participate in as many (or as few) as they wish. The sports teams have a no cut policy, but they are competitive with respect to playing time. There is a school rule that coaches must let their athletes finish the sport they are playing before they move on to the next sport.

    My son is an excellent student (4.85 GPA in middle school) who thrives on having a lot of different activities. In addition to sports he is in the marching band (trumpet) and he plays electric bass. We don't force him to play any sports, he chooses what he wants to do. My middle son only plays lacrosse and is marching band (he's going into 7th grade).

    As long as my son is happy and doing well in school, then I am happy. I see so many wrestling people who have their kids specialize in wrestling at a really young age so I was curious to see what others thought about multiple sport athletes.
    Well, my friend was a top 16 heavyweight in the state and he did three sports. Our coach is fine with wrestlers who do three sports and a lot of times encourages it. My school isn't private, so I can't talk for private schools, but if his school encourages multiple sports, and he really wants to, then he should go for it.

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    ProudPatriot,

    You should specify what you or your son want. Wrestlers that specialize in a sport want to be state champions and more and hopefully get a college scholarship in wrestling. If that's not for your son then he doesn't need to specialize.

    But if you expect your son to do 10 different activities and be a state champion in wrestling, then that will not happen.

    This is a wrestling board and naturally we expect that people on here are interested in being great at wrestling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big View Post
    ProudPatriot,

    You should specify what you or your son want. Wrestlers that specialize in a sport want to be state champions and more and hopefully get a college scholarship in wrestling. If that's not for your son then he doesn't need to specialize.

    But if you expect your son to do 10 different activities and be a state champion in wrestling, then that will not happen.

    This is a wrestling board and naturally we expect that people on here are interested in being great at wrestling.
    I want my son to grow up to be a happy, well adjusted adult. I want to provide him with the tools he needs to get there. He does want to be great at wrestling. He also happens to have other interests. I am curious as to how many people think the two are mutually exclusive.

    I was really hoping to spark some debate.

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    Here's some videos I ran into that may help out your son's decision.

    http://video.kudda.com/clinic/Specia...specialization

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