Most kids have tried multiple sports in their childhood, such as hockey, soccer, basketball or any other sport, before they started to focus on one of them. And after settling on one main sport many athletes still continued to play at the same time whether it's just as a hobby or in a competitive level.
Even though the surface of each sport might be completely different most of them requires the same skills. No matter if you’re skating in a hockey rink or running on a field or playing your sport on any other surface it will require agility, hand-eye coordination, quick decision making and strength to play it well.
Every sport has different specifics but by playing any of them your athleticism will improve no doubt about that, but playing multiple sports at the same time will just speed up the improvement!
The other sports you are or want to play besides the main one doesn't necessarily have to be in a high level. Even if it's amateur level it will still help you improve your athleticism, sharpen your skills and possibly get to your goals faster than your teammates.
Social skill development
Many people believe that the things you take from playing sports are just physical, but that's not true. Being on a sports team exposes you to quite a few people that you have to communicate with and environments that you have to adapt to.
Sports not only teaches you social skills, but also things like respect, grace, teamwork and others. And the more you’re exposed to it all the faster these skills will develop. They will stay with you and be beneficial for the rest of the life.
Keeping your body conditioned is arguably probably one of the most important things in sports. You can be a skilled and fast player, but it won’t do no good if you can’t keep that through the whole game and need quite a bit of time to recover after your shift.
Athleticism improvement when playing multiple sports actually comes with body conditioning. Doing sports activities in general outside your main sport will increase your stamina and help you stay sharp and last longer during your games!
Of course playing multiple sports doesn’t mean that the more you play the better you’ll be. Playing ten sports at the same time will drain you and that will consume your time without letting you recover properly. No matter what level sport you’re playing or how big your goals are, it's very important to make sure you have enough time to rest and recover, time for things besides sport. It's all about the proper balance.