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5 Myths about School Sports

5 Myths about School Sports
School sports make for great athletic contest. It’s typically organized by schools and universities. However, considering the confused status of many student athletes, school sports across the globe is burdened with myths.

Here are five of the most common ones
 
1. “Grades don’t matter if I’m a talented athlete.”
That’s as far from the truth as possible.

A College coach may think you’re a good fit for the team, but he’s not in charge of admissions. The Admission Office ultimately has the key to every acceptance or rejection.

That means you may fall in love with a college’s athletic program, but the college coaches only have some say in the sports quota admission, but not always as much as you might think.

A coach can only advocate for a student he really wants if they are really close to meeting the admission requirements already. No one wants to invest time, energy or money in an athlete who may end up dropping out or academically ineligible to play.

2. “Tier II and Tier III Schools have weaker sports programs than Ivy League Schools.”
This isn’t always the case. Several good schools in Tier II and Tier III cities have programs that have churned out talented and dedicated athletes.
The strength of the athletic program widely varies among schools, and even within a given school among each sport.

3. “If I’m good enough to play Sports in School, the coaches will automatically know about me.”
Couldn’t be more false!
It’s impossible for top-brass coaches to know about every student-athlete in the country. They rely on word of mouth, athletic camps and junior coaches to help them recruit for district, state and finally national level teams.

4. “Coaches don’t like being contacted.” 
Quite the contrary!
Coaches actually appreciate being contacted and pestered by prospective student-athletes. If a student is interested in taking sports seriously, few coaches will turn him/her away.
Most coaches welcome emails or letters from students, with their athletic resumes attached.

5. “I don’t want to play sports in School. It’ll take up all of my time.”
It’s true that school athletics may take up time in high school. 
However, most students and parents automatically think of the intensity of the top sports-focused schools when they think about school-level athletics. That scenario is actually quite rare.
School athletics helps you connect to a school and make friends. It’s awesome to have an adult (your coach) looking out for you and encouraging you to be the best you can be. Playing for a less intense program can be fun, not stressful.
 
Athletics can offer some of the most rewarding experiences in a young person's life. It develops leadership skills, goal setting, discipline, self-confidence, camaraderie and an appreciation for team accomplishments. However, it’s important for us to separate the hype, misinformation, and unrealistic expectations when it comes to playing sports in school.

- Team Khiladi Connect