Ok. So I am a sophomore now and am really helping out the varsity track team this year. So indoor will be over in about another month and then a decision has to be made. Do i play baseball or do i run outdoor track? I have played baseball all my life and I am considered to be pretty good. I played baseball for my high school last year, but now i am really leaning towards track.
This is a very tough decision for me to make becase I love both of the sports pretty much equally. The outdoor team is hurting for distance guys, and i know i could help them out a lot by joining....but there is baseball. Ive played baseball since I was 5 and have traveled as far as NY to play in tournaments (im from RI).
This decision is really tearing me apart. Please do not just say running because you are a runner. Please give me an honest answer as to what you think i should do...
your help is greatly appreciated
you do realize that by asking this on a running forum the majority of us will say running goes first...im not going to tell you what to pick though---cant you do both?
Call it cross trainng
If you don't you will regret it the rest of your life.
From 56 yr old father of four 3-sport high school athtletes!
I am out of HS but remember friends (and me) going through making similar decisions. My two cents ... you can only play baseball in the spring. You can run in the spring but you can also do cross country and winter track during fall and winter. So why not let yourself experience as many different sports as possible throughout the year? If after playing baseball this year you really want to focus on track then you can switch your junior year. (Also you can always keep a base by running during the weekends or even after bball practice some nights).
Originally posted by DanTheRunner:
Ok. So I am a sophomore now and am really helping out the varsity track team this year. So indoor will be over in about another month and then a decision has to be made. Do i play baseball or do i run outdoor track? I have played baseball all my life and I am considered to be pretty good. I played baseball for my high school
haha i asked this same thing a few weeks ago! and im from RI too! i think im doin baseball though cuz thats always been my #1 sport. Do what you want though
I think baseball is full of druggies and cheaters and coverups.
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If you have played baseball all your life and are questioning whether to continue or switch to track- make the switch! If spring track isn't everything you thought it would be, you can always go back to baseball next year. It sounds like the little bit of exposure you have had to running has made an impression. And I would guess that a season of outdoor track will advance your indoor track abilities more than baseball ever would...
If baseball is something you still really enjoy, I think you should play baseball. You have two other seasons to run competitively for your school. Baseball only comes once a year...
okay guys here is what im looking at right now.....its about 70% for track 30% of me wanting to still play baseball........i am one of the top 3 distance guys in indoor right now....and i know i would help the outdoor team out a lot
As an honors student.....i really just dont see myself having the time to run after baseball practice......and baseball would seriously bring me down and out of shape....baseball would also seriously affect my summer training because if i was out of shape i would have to take 2 weeks to afull month to get into shape.....
right now i am really leaning towards track.........
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In RI we run on this crappy gym floor.....the kenyan might remember this.....so my PR's would certainly lower in outdoor......
I know people in winter who did indoor track and swimming...they had to miss a practice here and there for the other sport, but they seemed happy. If you think you can handle it, go for broke and do both. If not, I'd say play baseball but make sure you keep in shape for track!
I'd say go baseball, you'll be able to run your whole life and be able to find plenty of races and clubs or whatever. But for baseball its not as easily accesible and i just think this will probably be one of your last opportunities to do it, unless your sick and play in college.
I think its good to mix things up though, you may find yourself getting bored or beaten up by running and I think its good to experience all different sports.
Posting this type of question on a running forum, you should expect a LOT of biased opinions, but ive seen a few good suggestions and comments from others in this thread.
I understand your lack of time to do both because of honors classes so you will have to pick.
If you really love baseball, and it sounds like you do, then play baseball. It won't be that difficult to train over the summer and be ready for xc in the fall. Then again maybe you should try outdoor track for a season and see how you like it. You can always play baseball next year or run track next year it you choose baseball this year.
Good luck with your season in whatever sport you choose.
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