From Four-Time Olympic Medalist Angela Ruggerio

Early Specialization: Pros and Cons

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The trend towards early specialization and an increasingly professionalized approach to youth sports is not supported by hard scientific evidence about youth talent development. Instead it appears to be driven by folklore, myths and half-truths, a herd mentality, the ever-burgeoning youth sports industry, and by adults more intent on winning than acting in the best long-term interests of children.

For a list of seven reasons why specializing early and playing on travel or select teams at an early age (before grade six) is a bad idea, click here.

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