Playing multiple sports growing up used to be much more common that it is today. The reality is, athletes are specializing in a particular sport earlier. As a recruit who wants to play at the highest level, this can leave you questioning whether you need to pick one sport in high school or if you can play multiple sports?
I know an athlete who played multiple sports and got recruited
There are several examples of athletes who played multiple sports in high school and ended up playing at the college level. That doesn’t mean it is the right thing for you to do as well. Generally, the athletes who can play several sports are clearly elite level athletes and are getting recruited based mostly on their athleticism. Most high school recruits don’t have that type of athleticism and need to show a stronger commitment or advanced skill development that can come with playing one sport year round.
When you should pick one sport
If you don’t have elite athleticism and you want to get college coaches attention, you need to consider playing your sport year round. The reason you would do this, is to give coaches the chance to see you not just during your season, but during club/travel ball and the camps season. For athletes looking to gain exposure, committing to playing year round will give you the best chance to do that. Additionally, it will signify to coaches that you are serious about the sport and that you will be sued to the year round commitment that is expected at the college level.
When you shouldn’t pick one sport
If you already have some recruiting interest or aren’t looking at only playing top DI level college sports, it might be okay for you to play multiple sports throughout high school. This doesn’t mean you aren’t attending camps and tournaments during the summer, but you don’t need the year round training and exposure.
Ultimately, there is no one right answer to this question. It comes down to how much you value continuing to have fun playing multiple sports versus committing to one sport to try and get the best you can at it. The most important thing is that you make a decision one way or the other a commit to your recruiting efforts regardless of if you play one sport or several.