High School Kids: Play Sports Now, Work Later

27 Aug

The Star's 30th annual salute to high school athletes of the yearOver 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.


Your thoughts?



3 Responses to “High School Kids: Play Sports Now, Work Later”

  1. Greg Jacobs August 27, 2014 at 3:05 PM #

    Brian, I could not agree with your comments more…and for some, it’s the arts or other physical and developmental team/group activities. With a boy and a girl now in college, 2 boys in High School playing sports, and our youngest daughter in 8th Grade, the job conversation comes up quite often as the frustration sets in at times about not having that pocket money readily available. And we’ve said those very words to all of them…you have the rest of your life to work, and only 1 chance at high school…make the most of it. I think our oldest 2 would now concur with that thought process, and we hope the next 3 feel the same way when through. Sometimes it’s hard, and circumstances can certainly drive one to need to work, but try to stay in sports in some way…the lessons are invaluable, and a needed part of education!

  2. Queen MK August 28, 2014 at 4:35 AM #

    You have got that right… They have the rest of their life to work!

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