Southbay Football Club Executive Director Kelly Gray says that contrary to mainstream belief right now, kids should be doing the opposite of playing only one sport from day one. They should be able to try out as many sports as they want when they’re young, and hold off on choosing a main focus until they’re older.
For nearly a decade, Gray played in Major League Soccer. He became a coach soon after retiring from the field. He saw both kids and adults questing for player perfection when they should have been focusing on progress. Kids need to be able to enjoy their experience in sports, Gray says, and have the opportunity to learn different skills.
Those extra abilities will serve them well as they get older and put them ahead of the competition when it really counts.