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The struggle in trying to play multiple sports — FranklyStein

LillyLaxMy 14-year-old daughter, Lilly, is starting to give under the pressure of sports.

The problem is, she’s not willing to choose a sport. She likes all the sports she plays. I recently asked her what her favorite sport was and she answered, “I like the sport that I’m playing at the time.” For her, that means field hockey in the fall, lacrosse in the spring and swimming in the winter and summer.

The problem is, sports don’t stay in their seasons anymore. It’s nearly impossible to play multiple sports unless you are a completely gifted athlete or you don’t mind playing sports 24/7. Lilly is neither totally gifted nor interested in playing all sports all the time. She just likes to play and wants to play for her high school teams.

In the fall, she played JV field hockey and loved being on the team. Every weekend, however, she had lacrosse practice for her club team and as soon as field hockey was over, the lacrosse fall tournaments started. She also started swimming five days a week with the Y swim team in late October to get in shape for high school swim tryouts. She kept swimming with the Y team to be more competitive on the high school team, which she also loved being a part of. During the winter, she also played lacrosse once a week on an indoor team to keep the stick in her hands so that she’d be ready for lacrosse tryouts — which are in a couple of weeks.

Just about every weekend this summer, she is going to have to choose between a swim meet or lacrosse tournament, several of which are out of town. And we just got an email from the high school field hockey coach inviting the team to play in a spring/summer league. This would give them the chance to play together before the fall season, she says. Luckily, she knows players will have conflicts and won’t be able to make every game. It’s a given, Lilly will have conflicts.

After this crazy summer, Lilly will probably be ready to narrow down her sports. Right now, I have no idea which ones she will choose. I don’t think she knows either, but I don’t think she can keep up this crazy pace.

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FranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Magazine editor Betsy Stein who lives in Catonsville with her husband, Chris, and four children, Maggie, 16, Lilly, 14, Adam, 14, and Jonah, 10.





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