Kids every day, of all ages play sports, whether it be a fun game with their friends or organized through their school. Sports themselves are great, they promote countless benefits and encourage players. However, once schools get involved things change. Amanda Ripley in her article The Case against High School Sports states “In many schools, sports are so entrenched that no one- not even the people in charge- relizes their actual cost.” The academic focus of schools can shift to the athletics, with there being too much time and money being poured in it.
Millions of parents and athletes across the country have encountered the issue of playing time when it comes to high school sports. Each one of them is oblivious to the fact that playing time is decided by ability. Not by the coach. Innings, playing time, minutes, games- It is called many different things, however, they all mean the same thing- how hard the athlete is willing to work towards the sport and whether they show it.
Even some of the best athletes ever careers get cut short. One example of this is Bo Jackson. He very well might have been the greatest athlete of all time, but his career was cut shorts because he got injured. So if you ever want to be like Bo Jackson and play with the professionals, just make sure you have a backup plan like an
“This D- is one of the best players on the team! He’s completely ignoring schoolwork just to play football! It looks like this grade hails from a school that allows you to play sports even if you fail classes. Let’s take a look at his stats: he has no plans for life except for playing in the NFL as a career despite the fact that less than 5% of student athletes go to the pro’s. We just had an interview with him, he said that education does not matter him because it’s just not important to him.
What if you were an athlete and you had a small injury and your coach made you play because it was the state champs and you hurt yourself so you couldn 't play in the future? Some schools are making the passing GPA lower so that they can graduate and continue to play for a college. Many of those student-athletes, about 8 million people took part in high school athletics, Half of those students burn out on their sport because of intense training session and painful injuries. Are these the negative impacts on high
Although kids who participate in sports have less time for homework and studying after school, they tend to be more successful in the classroom. The Journal of Sport Admission and Supervision did a study where they compared the academic performance of athletes and non-athletes. They wrote an article stating, “51.8% of athletes reported having a GPA of 3.5 or above, while 39.8% of non-athletes reporting this level of performance.” The percentage of students having at least a 3.5 GPA is significantly greater for those who play a sport. High school athletes are also motivated to do well in school for the purpose of getting college scholarships.
During an Institute for the Study of Youth Sports analysis, studies showed that, “outstanding high school coaches who were recognized for the character and citizenship building contributions to players we found that these individuals were highly successful (winning over 70% of their games)” (Gould). While students centered on playing hard and showing sportsmanship, they were able to win a majority of their games, instead of just focusing on winning. Thus, students can grow in character when playing high school sports. To emphasize this, youth athletes develop goal-oriented mindsets during the season. These goals do not have to include winning or outperforming everyone else on the team, but can be set for an athlete to simply improve their performance in one specific area.
Parents and schools need to realize what is actually happening in the gym and why it needs to be cut or changed. The paragraphs below are here to explain that. As shown above, gym should not remain a mandatory subject in schools because gym time does not keep children active, gym time can be better spent on core classes, and gym time hurts children physically and mentally. To begin with, gym time does not keep children active. The article The Pros and Cons of Mandatory gym Class in Public Schools states that, “The average high school gym class only keeps students physically active for an average of 16 minutes!
Without the jocks, there would not be anybody to play sports for the school. Jocks are half the entertainment for a school only because the students can go watch them play, the staff who work for the school can also go and watch. Jocks love the sport they play, no matter the sport, as long as a male plays a sport in high school he is considered a jock. Playing sports in high school is very important for athletes, it can be the way into their dream college. They can maybe even get a full scholarship to the college they have dreamt about.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, children who play in high school sports are more likely to be academically successful. The social benefits can also lead to academic benefits. When teams are performing better, that success can also lead to the classroom. It makes students have a mindset that should do better in another subject in school (“Global Sports”). A University of Kansas study looking at the performance of students in the grades 9 to 12 showed that more than 97 percent of student athletes graduate high school, 10 percent higher than those students who have not participated in sports.
The “C Rule” The “C rule “ would be a huge academic benefit to Webb City High School. The “C rule” is a rule that says any student who participates in an extracurricular activity has to maintain at least a C average in each of their required classes. With the “C rule” being enforced it would motivate students to do better in school and to try harder. Students grades would rise and although some students would not be able to participate in their activities anymore it would still be beneficial for the students who actually care about school .
If the players or team aren’t very talented then tickets won’t sell, jerseys won’t sell and college won’t be supported, therefore making less money. However, if the team is very exceptional then the opposite occurs the college receives a glorious payday every weekend. Many others agree that college players should be paid as well. In a survey conducted at Hillsborough Middle School, in Pod 7/8c, 14 out of 20 students believe that college athletes should be paid. The other 30% of students believe that college athletes shouldn’t be paid only because of their age, only being in highschool and because they haven’t made it big.
This example that White provides does not match up to many schools out there. White providing examples like these where he mentions it only shine a positive light towards females certainly do not prove that altogether boys are being left behind. At Sir John A. Macdonald, the publicity around the school of females or males depends on what kind of activities are taking place every week. One week the girls hockey team might be the talk of the school simply because they happen to defeat another school compared to the boys volleyball team that might have lost to another school or vice versa. White openly admits that the schools are failing our boys, but since when did schools take on the ful responsibility of the school to educate these boys to fully teach them how to be proper boys ?
In high school and college I am starting to realize that teachers don’t give specific rewards for getting good grades. But I have learned that we are paving the way for us to get a better future and that is the best award of them all. Being a student athlete I believe that I am receiving more than regular students because you learn so many life lessons in sports. I believe that the field trip that I went on is what made me start to apply myself better in school. I received the about $4,000 in academic scholarships for attending UW Parkside.
Friends are also an important key to social life, because friends lift you up when your parents are not available. The right friends will never leave his or her side. The wrong friends will tear his or her apart. High school athletes social game really falls under social media nowadays. Social media has become the number one thing in this world.