The Grind of an Athlete
The Balance Between School and Athletics
September 30, 2016
Filed under Campus Life
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With six hours of school and two hours of practice, student athletes are left with little free time. For student athletes it can be hard to balance both homework and practice, but many also see the benefits of being on a team such as learning how to maintain responsibility and gaining friendships.
Student athletes’ schedules don’t allow them a lot of free time for homework and social events, but many of them can manage it. The students have to work hard during practice and in the classroom. In order to be eligible to play, athletes must be passing all their classes. They have a lot of pressure on them to perform well during games, practices, and most importantly in school.
Senior Sydney Prinster has been involved with sports during high school. So far, she has played three years of softball, two years of soccer, and this year, she joined the swim team. Sports have helped her balance school, practice and sleep. She said, “It can get pretty hard to stay up on school work if you don’t prioritize, but luckily … the block schedule and not having as many classes is a big help”. She went on to talk about the benefits saying, “My favorite part has been the memories I get to share with my teammates and the people I have gotten to know through sports”.
Another senior, Mateo Reynoso, has been on the basketball team the past three years. He said, “Camaraderie and developing a work ethic are some benefits of playing high school sports It’s tough trying to balance it all but the drive that I have due to sports helps motivate me to excel.” He continued, “My favorite part about sports is seeing unique individuals become a family.” Through sports he has been able to find a balance between sports and school.
While sports may take up a lot of time, there are many benefits. Sports help athletes get involved in the school and meet many new people. They also learn how to manage responsibilities and their time. While being an athlete may be a grind, many find it rewarding.