Children's Hospital Colorado: Balancing Academics and Athletics
Research shows that children and teens who participate in sports are more likely to succeed in the classroom than those who do not participate in athletics. There is a need for balance between academics and athletics to achieve success. Doing well off the field can help you be more focused on the field. Academics help teach you logic and problem solving which can be translated to practices and game situations. If you are seeking a scholarship in lacrosse, doing well academically can help boost your chances.
The following are tips to succeeding in the classroom:
Getting and staying organized: Use a big monthly calendar to identify important school and sport dates. Write down due dates for schoolwork, projects, test, and papers. Write down practices and games times. Revisit each week to make corrections. Don’t overbook yourself!
Manage your time: This is going to take practice, as managing your time is an important life-long skill. Remember to prioritize school. When looking at your calendar, include travel time it takes to get to school, practices, and games. Travel time can be used for quick study sessions.
Use your weekend: Plan for the week ahead. This is a good time to get ahead on school work, not saying you should study all weekend long, but an hour or two can help prevent procrastination. Take this time to enjoy activities away from sports and academics.
Do not procrastinate and don’t get behind: This can lead to poor work and grades, increased stress, and can even lead to missed practices and games. Stay motivated, keep a positive attitude, and remember that your hard work will pay off. Before sitting down to study, turn off your phone (or place in another room), and remove distractions, focus on homework.
Take advantage of study halls and free periods: To get ahead of your work this will help you focus during practices and games and create more free-time.
Use your school resources: Whether it be tutors, study groups, or extra credit. if you need help with schoolwork, ask your teachers, counselors, and/or friends.
Communication is key: Work on increasing communication between your fellow athletes, parents, coaches, and teachers to accommodate for athletics without sacrificing academics. Parents, ask your child about upcoming test and projects. If an athlete is going to miss a class because of a game, the athlete, parent, or coach should communicate with the teacher about making up work, prior to the missed class.
Remember to enjoy lacrosse: this is a time to help blow-off steam from life stressors. Sports benefit your overall health, mentally, physically, and emotionally. If a coach, parent, or a teacher notices a sudden drop in grades, lack of motivation, missing practices, or no longer a desire to play, talk with the athlete about what is causing these situations. If a sport is causing stress, find out why and seek a solution, even if this means re-evaluating participation.
Starting these time-saving tips and techniques to succeed in school can aid in a student athlete’s success throughout their life.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Virginia Winn, MSc, ATC at [email protected].