Off season football training for multi-sport athletes Jun 24, 2012 20:25:19 GMT
Post by Mr A on Jun 24, 2012 20:25:19 GMT
The Football program at our high school is way a head of all other sports as far as off season workouts go. But as the football program has seen increased success the other programs are following suit in developing stronger off season programs. For most programs it is a combination of skill development and weight training. What I am starting to see is multi-sport athletes being stretched too thin as they are required to attend multiple off season workouts for each of their sports. Most coaches will say they prefer multiple sport athletes on their teams because they are competing more, usually in better shape due to in-season conditioning, develops better athleticism, etc. Also many college coaches will say they prefer to recruit multi-sport athletes as opposed to one sport athletes. But I feel like we are discouraging multi-sport athletes because their bodies and their personal time cannot handle the demanding schedules of practicing their in-season sport as well as working out for their out of season sports. Last February we had a few kids coming to football lifting at 6:30 in the morning, then going to wrestling or basketball practice after school, then going to baseball BP from 6-8 at night. This summer we have kids coming to basketball workouts at 7:30 a.m., then football workouts from 9-11, while also playing on our summer baseball team. Which often has in-season lifting at noon, has BP at 2:00 then plays at 4 & 6. I am thinking we are over training the kids and by the time August comes around many of them will be burned out and will start dropping some of their sports. Has anyone else encountered this type of problem? Have any of you figured out any kind of solution?