Bill Would Restrict Coaches from Implementing 'One-Sport Rule'
Lawmakers want to crack down on schools and coaches that force students to participate in only one extra-curricular activity. They say the one-sport rule can hamper a teenager's ability to adapt.
The bill would not allow rules that restrict a student to only one sport.
State Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) said it's possible for coaches to require their players to only participate in their particular activity. But Miller said allowing students to be multi-sport athletes can help them become more well-rounded.
"Maybe in one sport you're the captain but in another activity you take a role, you're a role player and there's a lot to be said about expanding your flexibility, adaptability about how to thrive in multiple venues."
Studies have found that one-sport athletes are more susceptible to overuse injuries.
The bill also addresses other extra-curricular activities such as band and choir.