Transferring Talent

April 22, 2013
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Did you ever wonder how well success in one sport can transfer to success in another sport? The powerful upper-body strength needed to be a good swimmer easily transfers into the power needed to throw shot put and discus in track. Bryce Timonera and Joey Hutchinson both have used their swimming prowess into good shot and discus performances in track. Track coaches also like to have football coaches push their athletes into running track in the spring. Just look at how many world-class sprinters were football stars as well. Batesville has faired well the last several years because Eric Heppner wants his football players to participate in spring sports, and track translates into quicker backs and defensive players. Just look at the sprinters East Central has produced in the past several years, and you will find the same results. At one time, track coaches were told not to let their athletes in the weight room because it bulked them up and slowed them down. We now know that just the opposite is true. You just do different weights and the speed numbers go up for both sports. Now all coaches who are not selfish want their kids active the year round and push them to do more than one sport. Few kids at the age of 14 know what they are going to be the best at 5 or more years down the road. Gymnasts make the best high jumpers and pole vaulters. Just try to hang upside down on a pole if you are not as nimble as those gymnasts. Small school coaches have had to share by necessity, but large schools are finding sharing athletes in two or more sports is quite profitable as well.

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