Every sport needs and off-season. A 10-year-old should not play the same sport 12 months out of the year, unless we want them to quit in high school. Multi-sport athletes, with appropriate off-seasons, are set up for long-term success.
Taking these steps to encourage recovery and reduce overuse and burnout can make a significant positive impact on an athlete’s long-term development. Remember that 8- and 12-year-olds are not professional athletes, therefore they should not be treated like them. Youth sports should first be fun, playing multiple sports, and most of all, athletes want to be supported, not pressured by their parents. Let the coaches do the coaching, and I promise your child will love you for it.