Saturday, November 27, 2021

Play sports now, work later

Over the past few years (and recently), I’ve worked with some very capable high school student-athletes who have decided they’d rather get a job/work and “earn some money” than play sports.

In some of these situations, I’ve suspected there’s more to the story, like dissatisfaction with playing time, a strained player-coach relationship, lack of desire, etc. Pride can be a double-edged sword. And, let me stress that you’ve got to do what’s best for you and your situation, and listen to/talk with your parents.

I know it’s nice to have some spending money in your pocket but, here’s the deal, kids: Trust me, you’ve got the rest of your life to work. Participation in sports is special and, at the high school level, this is your only opportunity. The life lessons that can be gleaned from participation in sports will serve you well as an adult.

Winning (succeeding) with humility, losing (failing) with grace, teamwork (working toward a common goal/organizational objective), discipline, and overcoming adversity are just a few of the many competencies and skills you can develop; and the relationships you build are invaluable.

So, if you’re contemplating this decision, think it through. Maybe there’s an agreeable compromise, like working a few hours on the weekends or a summer job. Consult with your parents and other trusted adults like guidance counselors and coaches. You probably won’t regret your decision to play high school sports, but — someday — you may regret not playing.

Get STRONGER, Get FASTER!

Steve Harehttp://www.ohiovarsity.com
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes OhioVarsity.com, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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