It’s pretty simple really. Youth sports are broken. But before you shoot the messenger, take a moment to hear me out.
First and foremost, I’m a father with two kids that play sports and I want nothing but the best for them. When my kids were younger, they gravitated towards golf and baseball. I was told by numerous people it was important to play in tournaments and games year-round to make sure “they don’t fall behind.” No one wants their child to fall behind, so I did what I thought was right. We played year-round.
However, I noticed something. The more games and tournaments they played, the less fun my kids had. These sports had turned into a job at the ripe old age of 10 & 8. My kids were taking “lessons”, but they didn’t have the opportunity to develop their skills because they were competing in games and tournaments. Under pressure from the competition, my kids reverted back to their old movement patterns and habits. Sadly, as a parent, I was putting them in an environment that wasn’t helping them get better, and only furthered their frustration. It was the definition of insanity. Doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result.
How can that happen?
Internal competitiveness, social pressure to play, fear you are missing out, all played a role in our family playing our primary sports year-round. Add in tournament organizers that run events all year, organizations that push you to play every available season to collect dues, and college’s committing to kids earlier and earlier, it’s easy to see how we and you can fall into this situation.
There is another option
Parents, I’m here to let you know it doesn’t have to be that way! It wasn’t until my wife and I change our view and gave my kids the environment and opportunity to fail, did they truly begin to grow and learn. And that’s why I started Athletic Future.
Athletic Future provides your sons/daughters a facility to improve upon their athletic ability by strengthening their body, increasing their flexibility, improving their patterns of movement, and improving their sport specific skills. We do this in an environment that believes that failure is part of the learning process.
Our instructors have helped football players prepare for the NFL combine, coached Division 1 college players, worked with many high-level baseball prospects, and are experienced in human movement and biomechanics. We have partnered with Sterling Ridge Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine to provide our athletes access to licensed Physical Therapists to provide your athlete with functional movement assessments, preventative care, and injury rehabilitation.
Our approach is different and hope you come by to see what we are all about!