The Sounds of Sport

High school sports are not only good for kids physically but also mentally. Sports give kids the chance to bond with friends, develop their social interaction skills, and learn to deal with success and disappointment. The socialization that sports can give will help a kid make friends and form good childhood memories.  Every kid knows the sounds of sports.  The crack of a bat, and the thud of a tennis serve.  The beauty and sound of sports can sometimes be forgotten in the arguing over their importance. Sports are more than statistics, wins, and loses, they are a way for kids to stay active and grow up healthy.

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The Cost of Being an Athlete

The cost of playing sports is rising for the students and their parents as schools try to find ways to lessen the burden on themselves. One option, ‘pay to play’ is becoming increasingly popular amoung high schools with budget issues and it could be hurting the sports value as some kids decide to save money and not play. Basically pay to play is a fee that is required of the athlete to play the sport. This fee can be anywhere from $20-$250 and is given to the school before the start of a season. Although this could be a better option than cutting the programs all together, it does put a strain on the athlete to come up with money if their parents won’t pay for it. The cost of not playing a sport due to money could have a negative effect on a kids high school life as a whole.

The second way kids ‘pay to play’ is with their bodies.  High School athletes are probably never considering the risks that come with playing sports but those risks can be greater than thought. Concussions are one of the most talked about subjects among sports circles today, and if not treated with caution they can result in serious problems. Football players are at a higher risk than other sports but it remains a problem across the board.  Overuse injuries are common among kids who play sports year round and include some of the most common sports injuries such as shin splints, sprained ankles, and back problems. Overuse injuries are actual on the rise and might be a supporting argument for why kids need less sports. While overuse injuries can mostly just need to be rested, some of them could result in life long injuries.

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It All Adds Up

High school sports teams sometimes charge the players who make the team as much as 100 dollars whats known as an equipment fee. On a baseball team that means around 2,500 dollars for that program comes from the players and for a football team that could be as much at 5,o00 dollars.  Those number reflect only the varsity programs, if the school were to carry a freshman team and a J.V. team, the number could double.  Yet despite those numbers, many a school has decided to cut athletics from their budget in order to save money. So if a school is pulling in thousands of dollars in fees from its athletes and yet the athletes are still responsible for purchasing gloves, bats, shoulder pads etc. Where does all the money go? That is the burning question that needs to be answered for any parent who has paid for equipment and any kid who couldn’t play the sport they loved any more because of budget cuts.

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The Untold Story of High School Economy

Every year kids in high school flock out in bunches to try out for high school sports teams. Some of those kids will have the opportunity to represent their school in a sport and others will have to deal with the failure of not making the team. However, beyond the obvious story lines, lay the elephant in the room:  The economy of high school and in pairing high school sports.  Underneath the surface of all the competition and achievement is the ugly, dirty, money.  How much parents spend, how much schools make, and how much it costs to run sports programs and ultimately where that can fit in a school districts budget, if at all.  This blog will run through issues regarding the economy of high schools and their sports teams, from why high schools cut programs  to what parents and kids are doing to stop their programs from getting the axe.

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