The Three-Sport Athlete
Although specialization is the current prevailing trend in American high school athletics, St. Andrew's encourages its student-athletes to pursue a different path: that of the multi-sport or three sport athlete. In leaving home to attend our all-boarding school, St. Andrew's student-athletes give up hometown opportunities to play a single sport year-round on their local club or travel teams—and we believe the benefits of pursuing this "road less traveled by" makes all the difference for our student athletes. Benefits of being a multi-sport athlete at St. Andrew's include:
Greater opportunities for leadership development & personal growth
As a three-sport athlete, every four months, our students start over: they begin a new sport, on a new team, with new teammates, all of whom have new levels of talent. The best player on the soccer team in the fall may find that he is not the best basketball player or swimmer in the winter. This differential creates an opportunity to grow, both physically, and mentally. Athletes learn to display leadership within different teams and different context, and to work within differing social dynamics to build connections with teammates and coaches. This growth opportunity is not as present in the club or travel team environment, in which athletes in the same age group routinely play together, with the same coaches, year-round, and year after year. As they develop as adolescents, high school athletes need opportunities to challenge themselves within their zone of proximal development, break out of the set role or expectations coaches and teammates may have assigned to her within a given sport, and define and re-define themselves on their own terms. Multi-sport participation gives our students such opportunities.