The Bergen Record features John Gallucci Jr. in a story about today’s youth sports culture

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Everything slows down in the summer — everything except the youth sports world that engulfs so many North Jersey families.

Young athletes not playing summer games and tournaments are filling their days with camps, private lessons and “training” sessions, honing their skills at their selected sport. Children as young as 8 or 9 are specializing, choosing only one sport and playing it year round, a trend that has drastically increased in the last five to 10 years, according to those involved in local youth sports.

Physical therapist John Gallucci was recently talking to a group of parents, who told him their 8-year-old sons were on a travel baseball team that had them on the field for two-and-a-half to three hours, six days a week.

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Youth sports culture has kids specializing, playing same sport year round
Monday, August 5, 2013
BY KARA YORIO
STAFF WRITER
The Record