What if you don’t like those sports? What else can be learned? Well, apparently location matters. Specifically, Schalkle found some strong associations between place and sport participation. Based on that, he advises the following:
If you want to do hockey, be from Minnesota, Canada, or play in the minors
If you want to play water polo, be from Southern California
If you want to do rowing, be from Europe, and either be quite tall (rowers) or quite short (coxen)
If you want to do fencing, be from northern California, New York, or New Jersey
If you want to do cross-country skiing, be from Minnesota or New England
If you want to do golf or sailing, go to IMG school in Florida
If you want to do squash, be from Connecticut or Pennsylvania
If you’re small, pickup wrestling, gymnastics, soccer, or rowing (coxen)
If you’re big, pickup football
Put it in perspective
Tory is quick to point out that this information is all a bit tongue-in-cheek. “The stats are all there, but the perspective is not, so I’ll be clear: No one should push their kid into a sport based on this thinking or these stats. It’s just an interesting exercise to see which sports have the strongest high school to college pipeline,” Schalkle clarifies. Yet clearly Schalkle’s analysis highlights a discrepancy between college athlete demand and high school supply.
So what do we do with that information? Well, that’s up to you (and your kid, I would hope)...