The title of this post is an accurate statement except for a very very small percentage of kids that play in high school and college.
Naturally, as a parent, you want to give your player every opportunity to achieve their goals, just make sure you aren’t projecting your goals on to them. As I like to say, you can’t want it more than they do!
Click the link below for a very good article on the subject.
There are far too many variables working against your child. Injury, burnout, others who are better – these things are just a fraction of the barriers preventing your child from becoming “the one.”
When I inform you as a parent that your child has just ruptured their ACL ligament or Achilles tendon, if the next question out of your mouth is, “How long until he or she will be able to play?” you have a serious problem.
Here are the numbers (from 2011)
Football: 1,108,441 High School players. 6.1% go on to play in the NCAA. Of the 15,086 NCAA football players, 1 in 50 are drafted in the NFL. Only 8 in 10,000 of high school seniors will actually be drafted and play professional football.
Baseball: 471,025 high school players. 6.4% of high school seniors go on to play in college. Baseball players actually have the best chance of going pro-a whopping nine in 100 of NCAA seniors (9%) well be drafted by an MLB team. Approximately 1 in 200 high school senior boys will eventually get drafted by an MLB team
Women’s Basketball: 438,933 High School players. 3.5% go on to play college basketball. Of the 3,491 NCAA senior student athletes, less than 1 in 100 are drafted by the WNBA meaning 1 in 5000 (.03%) of high school senior girls will eventually go pro.