Nowadays kids no longer play sports just for the enjoyment.
Most of them are already looking at it like a business and are working towards one day getting paid for their talents.
Of course the parents play a big role in this, from spending all of their time and money to helping their kids achieve their dreams in hopes that one day they will be the one being taken care of. But just how many parents are about this life?
According to USA Today,
“Nearly 20% of U.S. families spend more than $12,000 a year, or $1,000 per month, on youth sports, per child, according to a TD Ameritrade survey of parents between 30 and 60 years old with $25,000 in investable assets with kids currently playing youth sports or ones that did.”
Youth sports has turned into a completely different animal — wins and losses are taken very seriously by everyone involved as the potential of scholarship offers is really the first big step to achieving their dreams.
From middle school to high school, kids are training their bodies like young professionals and the talent is starting to show.
These are the young athletes are most certainly the most impressive in the age group and stand out for their athletic ability, skill and tenacity in their respective sports.
Jaylen Huff (8-years-old)
Jaylen Huff is only 8-years-old but looks like he has been playing football since his past life. Jaylen trains with his father, Roland Huff Jr, who owns his own gym called the Body Be 1 in Columbus, Georgia.
Their days start early at 5 am when Jaylen’s dad cooks him a specific breakfast where each portion of it is weighed. Jaylen’s father used to be in the military so he and his son Jaylen are constantly operating on a fixed schedule.
Throughout the day, Jaylen does a variety of exercises to help him improve his game from running on a treadmill with a football in his hand to running footwork drills with tires and obstacles.
All the training Jaylen has done has clearly payed off. He found popularity through an Instagram video that this dad filmed of him doing drills.
The clip went viral and Jaylen has since been been featured in many magazines. He has also caught the eye of top universities that are definitely watching to see how he will turn out.
Julian and Jaden Newman (16-years-old and 13-years-old)
Julian Newman, a name that is bound to ring a bell for anyone who knows about high school basketball. He started playing ball at just three and it’s been a wrap ever since.
His father is his trainer and has been training him since 3, having him do drills that include making 200 floaters, 200 jump shots and 100 free throws every day. He went viral for videos he had when he was younger, but now as a high schooler, he’s crushing.
These crazy training regimens have been paying off because he was able to start playing varsity in 5th grade and has been embarrassing kids bigger than him with his handles since then.
He currently holds the title of youngest player to score 1,000 points in high school and has been getting compared to NBA stars like Kyrie Irving, Steph Curry and Isaiah Thomas.
As of right now, Julian is playing his 6th season of varsity basketball and he is only going to get better.
It seems that basketball definitely runs in the Newman family because Julian has a younger sister name Jaden who is just as big of a baller as her older brother. She also started played at young age and was trained by their dad.
She currently hold the record for youngest girl to score 1,000 points in high school too. Jaden has some crazy handles with multiple supporting Instagram YouTube videos of her breaking ankles going viral.
She has so much talent and time will only tell how great she will be.
Tamari Davis (14-years-old)
Tamari Davis is a speed demon on the track field beating anyone she comes in contact with, no matter the age. She currently holds the 200m world record of 23.21 seconds for 14-year-olds.
As a freshman in high school, she’s set very big goals and is planning to tryout for the 2020 Olympics. With the way she’s been performing so far, she is well on track to do just that.
She is trained by Gary Evans, her track coach who maintains the balance of evolving her skills without burning her out to ensure a long, successful career through college and professionally.
Her coach understands that she’s still just a kid who needs to enjoy life, and not everything HAS to be about track, but her competitiveness keeps her grinding.
Titan Lacaden (11-years-old)
Titan Lacaden is an extremely talented 11-year-old football player from Hawaii — so much so that he was already offered a D1 scholarship from the University of Hawaii.
But what position is he? Basically all of them. Listed as a slotback, running back, and strong safety, there’s literally nothing he can’t do on the football field. He’s one of the fastest, hardest-hitting players on the field every time he lines up.
Titan’s dad, Frank Lacden, has been a football coach for 25 years at Saint Louis High School, and is now coaching his son’s pop warner team. He trains them as if they’re already at the next level. He instills the mindset that they need to think and train like champions and it’s clearly working after an undefeated season.
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Clearly his coaching is have an amazing impact on the kids he coaches, especially his son, Titan. He constantly has Titan reviewing film so that he can see his mistakes clearly and correctly so that he can be better for the next game.
Titan is always training to get better and it shows in the film. He is not selfish at all and makes sure to share the ball with his teammates. He sees the team as a huge family where everyone should get their chance to shine.
Titan shines on both ends of the field and already has a winning mentality that will take him as far as he wants to go.
Kyree Walker (16-years-old)
Kyree Walker an absolute monster on the court. He is currently the number one sophomore player in his class and has received a cosign from Harrison Barnes on his game.
He is ridiculously athletic and at at such a young age it’s amazing the things he can do on the court. Kyree started playing basketball at the age of 9 and he has a serious passion for the game.
He has broken many ankles over his short time playing high school basketball and you can tell that he is a force to be reckoned with.
He has tested his skills against the best players in the country some who are older than him and has proven that he can hold his own and secure the win for his team.
Kyree Walker can do it all from handles, defense, dunking and passing his an all around monster on the court and he is only going to keep on getting better.
He has so much room to improve and we can’t wait to seem him at the collegiate level at Arizona State University where he will definitely be breaking some records before he goes pro.