re: East Coast Challenge
Amazing that we get this subject all the time when it happens in most other sports when players get to an elite level. TAC Cup, SANFL, WAFL, Netball Cricket etc all have extra sessions for fitness, skills, Individual skills or running coaches. It is just the nature of the early identification process that Athletes go through in most parts of the world and we are no different.
Yes, the workload should be monitored and be somewhat flexible at times, but you still see kids playing lower level competition when they have a chance to get down time so the answer is not as clear cut as we all think.
Parents and players should discuss the involvment with coaches prior to trying out for these teams. We are constantly being told by parents that " Little Johnny " wants to Play in NBA or get drafted to the AFL. Ask the kids who make it about how much time is involved, it doesn't happen if you do not put in the work - Any elite level of sport.