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Re: Bo doesn't know

Postby donley2 » Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:41 am

Marlow wrote:
gh wrote:if you've got coaches/parents aggressively working to channel the kids into a single stream from a young age, it won't be easy to develop the all-around skills that are required in addition to base genetic talent to make it at the high end in other sports.

That is NOT happening in my neck of the woods. The emphasis is on being good at MANY things, not just a few. Almost my whole track team is coming from other sports. I'm pretty sure that's the rule, not the exception.


I think GH meant to point out track and field was an exception. I personally would guess the number of two sport athletes baseball, basketball, football (especially if football is in the mix) at large Texas 4A/5A is extremely small for exactly the reasons GH is putting out there.
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Re: Bo doesn't know

Postby jjk4ever » Fri Apr 12, 2013 4:46 am

CookyMonzta wrote:Do sports not as popular in the U.S. count? When was the last time, if ever, that one athlete doubled in basketball and volleyball?


This past season the University of Maryland womens team had a volleyball player join the team midseason due to the bball team having so many injuries.
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Re: Bo doesn't know

Postby gh » Fri Apr 12, 2013 4:49 am

donley2 wrote:
Marlow wrote:
gh wrote:if you've got coaches/parents aggressively working to channel the kids into a single stream from a young age, it won't be easy to develop the all-around skills that are required in addition to base genetic talent to make it at the high end in other sports.

That is NOT happening in my neck of the woods. The emphasis is on being good at MANY things, not just a few. Almost my whole track team is coming from other sports. I'm pretty sure that's the rule, not the exception.


I think GH meant to point out track and field was an exception. I personally would guess the number of two sport athletes baseball, basketball, football (especially if football is in the mix) at large Texas 4A/5A is extremely small for exactly the reasons GH is putting out there.


Yes, in the world of big-time sports, track is merely an activity (sigh): "sports" are football, basketball, baseball, soccer, etc,. etc. Team stuff involving a ball.
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Re: Bo doesn't know

Postby cullman » Fri Apr 12, 2013 1:26 pm

7 footers are still a commodity in the NBA and becoming one in the MLB. They're converting position players into pitchers so why not?

jjk4ever wrote:
CookyMonzta wrote:Do sports not as popular in the U.S. count? When was the last time, if ever, that one athlete doubled in basketball and volleyball?


This past season the University of Maryland womens team had a volleyball player join the team midseason due to the bball team having so many injuries.

You have to go back almost 50 years but Keith Erickson won NCAA Championships in both volleyball and basketball while at UCLA. He was also on the LA Lakers' 1972 Championship team. Former NBA player and pro beach volleyball star, Greg Lee was a teammate of Bill Walton at UCLA.
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Re: Bo doesn't know

Postby gh » Fri Apr 12, 2013 1:33 pm

NCAA didn't have a volleyball championships before 1970 and Erickson was class of '65. Perhaps there was a precursor?

He still qualifies though, because he was on the '64 Olympic volleyball team.

I seem to remember a vague story from the early '70s that he and Wilt were unbeatable as a beach volleyball duo in SoCal.
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Re: Bo doesn't know

Postby cullman » Fri Apr 12, 2013 2:05 pm

Ooops...it turns out it was the 1965 USVBA National Championship! I have an old mag which has a pic of UCLA (in hand me down UCLA Varsity basketball jerseys) playing Santa Monica City College in the Championship match which I mistakingly thought was for an NCAA title.

A little Googling™ and wah-lah: http://www.fanbase.com/UCLA-Bruins-Mens-Volleyball-1965
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Re: Bo doesn't know

Postby 26mi235 » Fri Apr 12, 2013 5:06 pm

I recall that one of those years that UCLA won every sport that had a ball and a net (BB, VB, Water polo, not sure that soccer was a full sport then, ?)
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Re: Bo doesn't know

Postby mal » Sun Apr 14, 2013 5:17 am

gh wrote:Yes, there will always be track people talented enough to cross over to other sports. But like Bo says, I'm coming down as one who thinks that "team" sports will rarely, if ever, see it again.


Nah, I think there will be plenty of athletes capable of doing the double.

The real issue is whether they will ever find out what they are capable of, if they are shuttled off into some singular view of competition.

Of course I am not adding in the team shuffleboard, as that may open up potentials for triple "superstars".
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