60 seconds or less: Youth sports intensity

Posted on March 4, 2019

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(Last Updated On: March 4, 2019)

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“What’s the right age to get serious about a sport?”

High school.

If the greatest players of all-time didn’t need to get serious before then, neither does anybody else.

Alex Rodriguez:

“Take us behind the curtain with Michael [Jordan]. Was there ever a moment where you feel […] you learned from him?

Kobe Bryant:

“We were just speaking the other day, in fact […] my middle child is playing basketball so he was asking about it.

And I said you know, at 12, I’m like having a hard time remembering what I was doing with basketball, and I’m like, kids nowadays try to do too much, you know, from a skills standpoint. They try to have them do all this fancy stuff versus the basic stuff. And so I teach my kids the most basic stuff and we just do it over and over.

But I asked Mike [Michael Jordan] and I said ‘what were you doing at 12? Do you remember what you were doing at basketball at 12?’

And he goes ‘dude, I was playing baseball.’

Let that sink in. For all the people out there overtraining their kids, at 12, doing all this fancy stuff, let that sink in.

29 minute mark. Please remember Kobe and Jordan are as competitive as humans are capable of being. (If you’re a Lebron or Steph Curry fan, they played multiple sports until they were 18!)

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