As a new high school track coach, I am learning the hard ropes of high school sports. Many of our high school athletes have incredible athleticism to play multi-sports but are being influenced to focus on one sport only. This is not the right way to go, especially with athletes being prone to more injuries competing in one sport as opposed to two sports. What makes track & field so valuable is that it helps all athletes from football, basketball, soccer, baseball, etc.
I am beginning the start of rebuilding a track program and recruiting athletes from other sports is going to be challenging, but I welcome the challenge of inspiring and motivating athletes to believe in themselves by doing multi-sports in high school. The track is a welcome circle to everyone, whether you are a sprinter for the football team, a basketball player for high jump, a soccer player for a relay team, and a baseball player for throwing a javelin. The top professional athletes at some time within their development ran track and did field events.
The good news is that athletes will continue to grow within themselves and find their value through track that leads them to the greater good in athletics, and this helps athletes to build character, overcome challenges and diversity, and value winning through teamwork and showing sportsmanship through a cheerful outlook of excellence both in the classroom and on the field of athletic play. Truth!