Why do so few basketball players compete in track? Is AAU to blame?

INDIANAPOLIS – High school basketball is played in the winter, and track and field is in the spring. There was an era when teenagers regularly participated in both.

That is distant yesteryear, possibly to the detriment of the two sports. Basketball players miss out on body development from track and field, and track misses out on potential medal winners.

There are multiple reasons for such conflict. An obvious one is basketball is overwhelmingly more popular and potentially more lucrative.

Youth need role models. With no new Olympic heroes for five years, there is not a single American track and field athlete whose name is recognizable to a wider sports audience.

More:Carmel boys, Center Grove girls win MIC track as teams make statements after lost season

Also, Indiana high schools now allow non-contact football practice in spring. Lacrosse and boys volleyball are new spring sports. Baseball and club volleyball take away some boys and girls, respectively.

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