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Six Things Sports Parents Need to Know About Specialization

By Asia Mape, I Love to Watch You Play, 05/15/18, 12:00PM CDT


The system currently in place is because of economics – youth sports drives a lot of business for clubs, leagues, equipment, travel and hospitality. It’s big business and it feeds on the anxiety of the parents.

Ten years ago sports parents and coaches started hopping on board the 10,000-hour rule made famous by Malcolm Gladwell in his best selling book Outliers.

Gladwell’s theory was that by starting kids early and having them practice year-round they could reach the 10,000-hour mark. That is the benchmark for the amount of time put in Gladwell argues will make kids experts in their sport.

In turn that will help them get a college scholarship, professional contract, maybe Olympic glory and sometimes just make their own high school team.