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Are We Breaking Our Kids?
Authored by: spike23 on Monday, April 02 2018 @ 09:54 pm ACST

To have a kid come up and say they can't play footy this season because their soccer coach has told them they can only play soccer or they won't be on the team to me is wrong on too many levels. When an athlete the level of Wayne Gretzky says that kids should be exposed to as many sports as possible growing up to improve as an athlete, I think we should be listening.

Are We Breaking Our Kids?
Authored by: Wesley Hull on Monday, April 02 2018 @ 10:02 pm ACST

Agree, Spike. One of the battles we have had a our club up here in Cairns, Queensland, has been convincing families that kids can play more than one sport because generally the families can't afford more than one. Whilst you are correct that coaches (or clubs) that have the "one sport" philosophy are driving the problem, it is also driven by the escalating costs of sport. There is some level of funding here, but it is first in first served and doesn't adequately address the issue. This will take a societal change to correct, not just funding and policies.