Former Colorado Rockies Pitcher Jason Hirsh, radio personality Andy Lindahl on youth baseball coaching, sport specialization
Sports have long been used and touted as a universal unifier. We can all find a common thread with a stranger through some nuance in one of the many leisure sports we enjoy today. It has also been touted that sports have a major impact on academic success.
It is hard to believe that in a time of analytics, one in which so many “coaching savants” tout they are the master of, we can’t compute that funneling these kids down the assembly line like cattle with no regard for their enjoyment and sometimes safety, leads to the 70% drop-out rate I touched on in this article.
That means we only get to see what 30% of our possible next great athletes actually reach their peak for our enjoyment.
The reason, as you can see all signs leading to, is again, the coaching.
As stated in practically every study I cited, they all concur bad/ill-informed coaching is at the nucleus of all things wrong in youth sports when you separate money. That truly stings me, personally, as a volunteer coach for my son’s teams since he became old enough to play. I know it settled just as poorly with Jason and Andy for the same reason.