Specializing in softball at an early age

Saw a great post the other day at the Softball Performance blog. Marc Dagenais was talking about specializing in softball, at the exclusion of any other sport, at an earlier age.

Marc’s take is that specializing in softball at young ages is a bad thing. He lists several reasons, including the potential for burnout and overuse injuries.

I highly recommend reading both this article and the follow-up. It may not be what you want to hear if you’re a softball fanatic, but it’s what you need to hear. Incidentally, the information Marc presents is not his opinion — it’s the result of scientific research. And Marc should know. He is a recognized expert in softball-specific conditioning and training.


About Ken Krause

Ken Krause has been coaching girls fastpitch softball for nearly 20 years. Some may know him as a contributing columnist to Softball Magazine, where he writes Krause's Korner -- a regular column sponsored by Louisville Slugger. Ken is also the Administrator of the Discuss Fastpitch Forum, the most popular fastpitch discussion forum on the Internet. He is currently a Three Star Master Coach with the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA), and is certified by both the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) and American Sports Education Program (ASEP). Ken is a private instructor specializing in pitchers, hitters, and catchers. He teaches at North Shore Baseball Academy in Libertyville, IL and Pro-Player Consultants in McHenry, IL.

Posted on April 28, 2007, in Coaching, General Thoughts. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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