Sports Potential sells a $135 test called Smart, which analyzes the cognitive and physical skills of children ages 8 to 12 to determine potential in 38 sports. As part of the results, children and parents each get a personal Web site, where they can learn sports terms and drills and track their progress.
First, whatever happen to playing a sport to have fun?
Second, my guess would be that the people who use this test aren’t interested in sports readiness or avoiding burnout.
We’re about helping parents be better parents.”
Again, I could be totally wrong, but I would imagine that most parents who use this product will have children who have already been playing in several sports for several years. They’re going to use the test to figure out which sports their children will excel at and focus their time and money on that area.
Don’t know what I’m talking about? During eight years of Little League do you know who often I heard, “well, if they don’t start now, they won’t be able to play at all when they’re 10.” We’re talking about six year olds. Most would say that eight is pushing it for starting baseball. The YMCA will let them play as young as three! And these are the “recreational” leagues where everyone is supposed to play. Sadly, it’s a self-fulling prophesy.