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Balancing Sports & Academics

Setting Priorities Between Academics and Sports
      
It is essential that athletes and parents understand and maintain the proper balance between sports and academics. This is absolutely ESSENTIAL for winning the respect of skaters and their parents.

       Balancing sports and have above a 3.5 GPA can be complimentary if you follow the steps outlined in this article.

       It is true that many high school students just like you have made futile attempts to do this. In the majority of cases this is because they so tired and they don't turn in assignments on time or spend the necessary time studying for tests.

       The foundation for success in high school should start in elementary school. However, you can make changes at any time in your life if you want to. Success will depend on having a viable/realistic plan.

       College administrators understand there is a relationship between get good grades while playing sports and graduating with a degree.

       When you fill out your college applications and you have a 3.7 GPA, your non-academic activities provide a positive factor that may make a  difference in being selected when compared to another student who also has a 3.7 GPA, but few or no other non-academic activities.

Organization Skills -
  • Use a day planner or notebook to schedule All of your activities. In this notebook you are going to write everything you are going to do at what times and at what days.
    When does your day start? List the time and activities such as showering, picking out clothes to wear to school. Allow time to slowly consume  breakfast.  Fast food or junk food are poor choices.
    • Getting up activities
      • Bathroom - shower, hair, etc.
      • Getting Dressed
      • Breakfast
      • Gathering books, reports, etc. for school
      • Transportation
    • Before School Sports Practice
    • School
    • After school activities
    • After school Sports Practice
    • Dinner
    • School Homework
    • Bedtime
  • Learning how to prioritize is critical for success. Focus time on the most immediate deadlines. Put dates of stages to complete projects and meet these deadlines.
  • Learn how to avoid distractions by saying no. A major distraction for teenagers from completing dealings is cell phones and texting. Schedule times when you will be available to accept calls or text messages, otherwise turn the phone off. If you have family members that don't leave you alone you may need to arrange to go to the local library so you can study, It is peaceful and quiet there.
  • Success on the field and in the classroom requires the same amount of effort and determination. Although some high school courses have a higher level of difficulty than others, if you want to achieve a GPA higher than 3.5, get into the mindset of working hard and persistently.
Suggestions:

  • Use your weekends wisely, it is very tempting to want to sleep in but do not get your work done early so that you can do as you please later.
  • Do your homework on friday so all you have to do is study over the weekend.
  • Going to the library to perform research or study may be more effective then staying at home if you have a noisy household.
  • Fast internet connection and a personal computer
  • When you make a schedule it may make it seen like you have a lot to do but in the end you become stress free.
  • Say no to social opportunities (a date, movies with friends, ec.)  unless a fixed time and place is part of the homework schedule. Treat this as a formal contract with yourself, parents, and you coach(es).
  • If you continue to make a schedule after your season is over you may find that you have more time to yourself because your not starting your schedule from what ever time you get home from practice but instead what time you get home from school. This means your weekends should be free.
Recommended Reading:
           
Developing Personality and Character Traits
   
   
References:

Balancing sports and academics in a child's life - ...   Aug. 25, 2010 ... Secrets of a Tennis Mom (Fay Publishing) is designed to show parents how they can emphasize academics over athletics while encouraging their involvement in sports.

A Balance of Academics and Athletics - New York Times  May 11, 2005 ... David Ledet, the valedictorian at Long Island University, is a soccer player who led his team to contention for the conference title

How to Balance School and Extracurricular Sports | eHow.com  Extracurricular sports are a key component of a child's youth. ... As a teen, balancing both your academics and extracurricular activities

The Observer - Balancing academics, co-curricular activities  Aug. 29, 2010 ... School is a busy moment for every student; and balancing sports, academics, social life and free time require dedication, time management ...

Athletes balance sports and academics - News   Feb. 17, 2005 ... Head football coach Rodney Allison uses a strict study schedule to help his team learn how to balance academics and athletics. ...

How to Balance Academics and Athletics : Training Articles and ...

High School Sports: The Downside of Athletic Programs Destroys ...  May 1, 2009 ... To what extent have sports lost the balance between academics and athletic prowess? How does an athletic program impact the so-called “other ...

The Old College Try. Balancing Academics and Athletics in ... To balance academics and athletics, reforms in the following areas are recommended: * Institutional mission statement: intercollegiate sports are de facto ...

"How to Keep a Balance Between College Sports and Good Grades ... Aug. 12, 2009 ... College sporting events can be very stressful for the athlete when balancing academics and sports. The majority of college athletes never ...
    
Resources:

The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:

Modifying Skater Behaviors
Drive and Determination
Different Ways to Say "Good Job"!
Self Doubts & Positive Thinking
Sports & Academics
Bad Attitudes & Self Doubts
Sportsmanship
Pre and Post Season Training Evaluation
Performance Verses Outcome

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