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Sport specialization creates kids that are not as mentally mature

August 29, 2017
By Joe Hamstra

David Cutcliffe looks for recruits who have multi-sport backgrounds, and he says they tend to be better prepared for the mental part of the game.

As sports become year-round at the youth level and specialization teaching becomes its own industry, Cutcliffe is part of a growing number of coaches speaking out on it.

“In sports, the less sports you play, the less lessons you have,” he said on WFNZ in Charlotte. “We have specialization, and we’re creating kids that are not mentally as healthy or mature, because all they’ve been told is ‘Volleyball is all you’re gonna do.’ It’s a different kind of immaturity.

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