I was athletically gifted.
Personally I think much of it stemmed from a competietive personality, superior v/s intelligence, and loads of perseverence.
I had a love for all sports. But, for some reason, soccer became my sport. I was picked up by a select team in second grade. We practiced way to much and traveled too far. I did not like it. I burned out a bit.
In highschool I played a sport for every season as well as highly competetive club sports at the same time. It was not unusual for me to get done with soccer practice at the HS and then go straight to a club softball game. I thrived in this situation.
(don't think your kids can't) I took the hardest cours load on top of sports and was top of my class. I was the top scholar athlete in the metro area.
But, by junior year I started to feel pressure from college scouts. I did not like it. I told all my coaches that I wanted to focus on academics. Everyone believed this because I did have high marks and test scores. I ended up with a academic scholarship so no one made too big a fuss.
This was the biggest regret of my life.Everyone made such a big deal about what team I was going to play for and what amount of scholorship I would get. But, no one reminded me that I actually loved playing the sport and should continue playing for the sake of fun.
I missed out on 4 more years of doing something I loved. This is just one cautionary tale.