There are a number of positives that comes with playing sports at a young age.
They offer a first-hand experience of sacrifice and how to conquer adversity, how to work in team environments and learn about accountability.
But in order to achieve those benefits, athletes, coaches, and administrators must also guard against the negatives.
"We stress priority, responsibility, accountability," Mountain View High School athletic director Luke Wolf said.
Having witnessed some of the growing expectations about currently student-athletes, the Idaho High School Activities Association decided to step in and try to regulate what they can control.
So in August 2018, IHSAA executive director Ty Jones decided to require Idaho high schools to take a mandatory "dead period" prior to the start of the fall sports season.