Academics and Sports: Helping to Strike a Balance
As we've discussed before, playing sports is one of the best things a child can do to better prepare for the future. While sports help teach children about teamwork and discipline, and even though there is a positive correlation between sports participation and academic success, many students still struggle to meet the demands of the two competing time commitments. Here are four practical skills that you can help teach your student-athletes to ensure success both on the field and in the classroom.
Effective time management is the cornerstone of success while adjusting to the demands of school and sports. Keeping a calendar and scheduling all aspects of sports and school will help immensely.
Students who attend schools that utilize block scheduling are at an even greater advantage because they can more effectively manage time and plan studies around their sports schedules.
Leverage Study Halls and Academic Resources
Many school sports teams provide study halls for student-athletes to give them time to do their homework and other scholastic projects. Although it may not be mandatory, students should get into the habit of using this time to get ahead on their homework.
Your child is on a team and is used to teamwork. You can make their academic efforts a team effort by getting involved in their education. Help them manage their various assignments, coach them on tough subjects, and help them tackle their GPA.
Many team-sponsored study halls have tutors available to provide additional help and guidance. Students need to understand that their coaches also want them to succeed in the classroom and are willing to provide them with the resources needed to achieve this success.
Use Travel Time Wisely
High school athletes spend a lot of time in cars and on buses traveling to their next practice or competition. Savvy athletes use this downtime to catch up on homework and to get ahead in their studies. This is especially helpful if there are other teammates in their classes because they can make study groups to work together.
Student-athletes tend to miss a lot of school due to their athletic commitments, especially if they are on a travel team. The best thing that students can do to minimize the disruption that this may cause is to take the time to communicate these absences with the teachers.
Most teachers are willing to give work in advance so that students do not fall behind. Getting behind in school studies can be one of the most difficult obstacles to overcome, so it is important to say on top of both the athletics and academic game.
With abundant parental guidance and strong support from coaches, student-athletes can effectively learn how to strike a healthy balance between sports and academics.
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