Posted at 02:36h
, High School
I don't believe in the US Soccer Development Academy philosophy of one sport, one team 4-6 days a week starting at as young as 11. They call it "no outside activity/competitions
". I call it tearing up my parent card. I believe it harms a child's identity development and even has biblical reference to being immoral.
First, I believe it harms a child's identity. Brett Ledbetter refers to it as "identity foreclosure". This is when a child builds his whole identity around the sport they play. Who we are as a person is more important than who we are as a player. Identity foreclosure happens when we lose that perspective and put the emphasis on what we do as a player and the results we get (or don’t get) over who we are as a person.
Here Brett explains it pretty well
When we play one sport only we associate our who identify with that sport. If we play well we are a good person if we play poorly we are not. The scariest part of this to me is what happens when we devote our child's whole life to the game and then they get injured, or they lose interest or don't make the team?
I love this quote.