1) Play Multiple Sports
If you want your youth athlete to be the best they can be at any given sport, the key to progress and proper development is actually participating in multiple sports for a long time. Like learning any other skill, starting with more general movement then eventually progressing to specific and specialized movement is the best way to insure long term optimal performance. Most athletes achieve their best performance in sport in college or by age 25. It has been shown that athletes that participate in multiple sports through high school perform better in high school and college, and have better body awareness for life.