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When Youth Sports Seasons Collide

By Jon Buzby, USA Football, 10/31/19, 8:15AM CDT


No player wants to miss games of any type during any season but having to make choices teaches kids a life lesson about making and keeping commitments.

This time of year is when the fall and winter sports seasons collide.

As fall regular-season games end and playoffs begin, the winter sports season kicks off. Even when the actual schedules themselves don’t conflict, we often forget the stamina required to attend two practices or games on the same day is different now.

My rule of thumb as a parent is the fall season schedule comes first. At this point in the season, this includes a fall practice over a winter scrimmage or game. Why? Because we committed to the fall team’s complete schedule, not just until the point of the beginning of the winter team’s season.