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Strongly agree with all the track answers. X-Country, if you can train off-season is even better.

In the Spring, a soccer player that runs the 1600 or 3200 regularly will be sprinting down the sidelines in the 2nd half of games when their opponents will be sucking wind!
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Strongly agree with all the track answers. X-Country, if you can train off-season is even better.

In the Spring, a soccer player that runs the 1600 or 3200 regularly will be sprinting down the sidelines in the 2nd half of games when their opponents will be sucking wind!
is there any good place for track team in LI ?
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is there any good place for track team in LI ?
You don't need an organized costly "team" to become a better runner or sprinter. Track as a competitive sport doesn't become a "thing" until middle school at the earliest and really in high school. It's one of the few sports where a kid can get noticed without having to belong is some costly club. There are clubs of course - someone will always take your money - but if you just want your kid to improve their endurance and speed, put some shoes on em and run em. Plenty of online resources also.
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You don't need an organized costly "team" to become a better runner or sprinter. Track as a competitive sport doesn't become a "thing" until middle school at the earliest and really in high school. It's one of the few sports where a kid can get noticed without having to belong is some costly club. There are clubs of course - someone will always take your money - but if you just want your kid to improve their endurance and speed, put some shoes on em and run em. Plenty of online resources also.
There are cheap track clubs on long island for younger kids. For example, St Joseph's CYO of Ronkonkoma has well over 200 kids in their track program and it costs almost nothing to join.
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Dance is good to improve balance, footwork and foot speed.
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Track and cross-country will help with endurance. Basketball or lacrosse will help with the spacing and passing. However, they should play whichever sport they enjoy the most, and are most likely to stick with. Track is probably the sport that will yield the biggest improvement on a soccer field.
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Oh my God, people! This is a marathon, not a sprint. Possibly the most important thing is to guard against burnout!! Have your kid do whatever they enjoy!

My son is in high school and is a top player. He plays ultimate frisbee in the spring. The marginal difference running track will make (if it even does) wont offset the lack of FUN if your kid isn't in love with track.
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