Conduct an Internet search for “youth sport specialization” and you will find numerous articles regarding the hot topic. Sport specialization is defined as intense training in one sport while excluding others. Specializing among younger athletes has become increasingly common and created a debate about the pros and cons of youth sport specialization. On the contrary, children who grow up playing multiple sports also have proven benefits including developing athletic ability, cognitive thinking and self-confidence.
The Town of Collierville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department has a wide variety of youth athletic programs dedicated to learning valuable skills while having fun in the process. With a high emphasis on developing good sportsmanship, participants work on building character, commitment, leadership, and attitude – skills that will benefit them well into adulthood.
“It is our goal that every participant has the opportunity to have fun, learn an athletic skill, and learn the values of teamwork and sportsmanship. These are games, and it is much more fun when everyone makes sportsmanship the number one priority,” said Brad Heacox, Town Athletic Coordinator.
In addition to the benefit of development beyond athletic ability, the Town offers various sports to play throughout the year making the opportunity to participate easier for busy families.
Currently in the fall season, young athletes are participating in flag football, baseball, softball, and volleyball. Registration is also open for the winter sports including basketball, and will soon be followed by the spring baseball and softball season. In addition to the team recreational sports, the Town offers tennis clinics in the spring, summer and fall seasons for youth participants.
To learn more about athletic programs in Town, visit everysport.net/collierville or contact Parks Administration at 901-457-2770.