Early Sport Specialization

Last Updated on October 2, 2022 by Andrew Pirie

Early sports specialization

Early sports specialization (ESS) is defined as the intensive training or competition in organized sport by prepubescent children (under the age of 12) for more than eight months per year, with a focus on a single sport to the exclusion of other sports and free play.

Early Sport Specialization Per Reviewed study co-authored by Jad Adrian Washif.

💥NEW STUDY: World-class junior athletes are LESS LIKELY to become world-class senior athletes?
👉 Predictors of Junior Versus Senior Elite Performance are Opposite
(Barth et al, 2022, Sports Medicine)


Early Sport Specialization the other side

Typically in the Philippines, the concept of Early Age Specialization is that it’s good to get kids to do ‘AS MANY’ Sports as possible.

However when I attended the Level 3 coaching course of Athletics Australia.

The facilitator stated on the flip side in Australia the issue of kids playing too many sports.

Which disregards the concepts of rest and recovery. Kids should look at doing maybe 2-3 sports at most.

Some Points to consider or Explore

  • Children running on grass barefoot vs training on track
  • DEPED Time Trials a week before the meeting.
  • USA T&F Hersheys manual states kids should only run 600-900m max in training. Maybe 1200m at most for older kids.
  • Australia teaches basic drills concurrently with structured kids’ athletics games.


In Europe Airnel Abarra observed they give prizes to kids in sports


  • Elimination rounds self-sustaining
  • support sponsors clubs
  • Blue Knights comp
  • system sports depth open mind adapt all sports encourage the play of sports.
  • More comps in NCR
  • Only coach mentor coaching purposes
  • Coach-level PE teachers
  • More expansive camps
  • Leadership sports support grassroots
  • 2021 seminars pinoyathletics
  • Hardened experience recognized and appreciated.
  • Gian Sam would rather goto enchanted kingdom or Disney land analogy




By Andrew Pirie

Andrew was elected Vice President of the Association of Track and Field Statisticians in 2020 after being a member for 7 years. He has worked as a PSC Consultant and Research Assistant from 2013-2015, Consultant, and Sprint Coach at Zamboanga Sports Academy from 2015-2017. And Currently is Consultant Coach with VMUF 2021- Current editor and chief of Pinoyathletics.info, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program. Coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is  Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles. Currently working towards a Masters Degree in Education. He can be contacted on [email protected] You can find more information on Coaching here http://www.pinoyathletics.info/coaching-2/

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