Looking for ideas on Burnout

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Speaker 1: Good morning, Jim. Thanks again for having me on this show. As usual, I’m really excited about being able to come in and answer questions from the audience at there. They ask some wonderful questions and I’m always looking forward to being able to answer hose questions. And this week’s question was about burnout. The specific question was, “Looking for some advice to make sure my kids don’t get burnout.” I guess I assume just probably sports or baseball in general. I get that question a lot over the years as I’ve coached. I’ve heard that question a lot. I’ve heard that statement a lot about kids getting burnout on the sport.

I think there’s a lot of things that go into that. One of course the obvious is playing a lot of games every day, not giving the kid an opportunity to be a kid and explore many different opportunities and things of that nature. But I look at it two ways. A lot of times when you look at burnout it’s not necessarily a kid on an island by himself. It’s usually the kind of kid in the family. The family enjoys the kid playing. It could be a situation where a parent is involved in the coaching aspect of it.

I would imagine different kids have different levels of burnout. I’ve seen kids over the years that all they want to do is to play the given sport that they’re in, whether it be baseball, football, basketball, whatever it is like that. They just enjoy the moment. I don’t think myself as a player growing up I could ever get enough baseball. Fortunately for myself I didn’t get to experience that because of where I lived. I lived in the north in Chicago. So you had to move on to different things and experience different things just because of the environment that you lived in.

From that perspective, it’s not like today in St. Louis where a kid can start playing baseball in March, in some instances February, and play all the way through the end of the summer basically every weekend without getting weekends off. So that’s what the level of burnout is. And then now you have winter training, off season practices, that kind of cut into time in other sports and development sports.

My advice to people on this thing like that is let your child experience what he wants to experience as far as athletics are concerned. You can’t say that there’s a script that should be followed for all kids. And the reason why is that some kids do want to play 70, 80, 90, 100 games. They love it. Some kids only want to play 12, 14, 15, 16 games. I have a kid that says he’s going to give up baseball, my own kid, because it’s too hot outside. We’ll have to work on that. But that just different levels of different types of kids out there will determine whether or not you can go from there. But I would encourage my kid to experience other, different sports. Could be soccer, baseball, basketball, football. Just let him explore.

In our program, we do get, [inaudible 00:03:03] has a year-round program, but what we do is we offer people the flexibility to come in a schedule their training sessions around their other seasons. So we do want those kids to go out and play basketball and do play the other sports and things like that, because also I think a different perspective, a different type of training is very, very good for the kids. Different type of social environment, different types of players, different people, when we talk about players that they’re accustom to.

In baseball, it’s such a later developing sport, you really don’t know until kids are 15, 16 years old. It’s just hard to predict with a certain level of accuracy who’s going to be your players and things of that nature. So we want these kids early on to experience as much as they can, but definitely have a passion about playing the sport, not to the point that pushes them over the edge.

So Jim, hope I answered that question. And I look forward to the coming questions in the future. Check out our new website trainwithRSP.com. We’re offering the five free video series on a variety of topics that we talk about. So we even post some of the blog stuff that put this podcast up in blog format for people so they can go out and look at some of the other stuff that we’ve done on the show here. So, as usual, Jim, I really appreciate the opportunity to come on the show. Look forward to next week’s questions. Thanks, and talk to you guys soon.

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