Kids like to play sports, but most kids don’t like to study. In this day and age, though, the two go hand-in-hand. With the new season of high school football about to kickoff (Friday night to be exact), it is vital for kids to get it through their heads that if they don’t make the grades, they don’t play.
“Nowadays kids have to be texted just so they’ll pay attention to something. They have to be shown things instead of just talked to,” Slidell Head Coach Artie Liuzza said.
The Tigers coach voiced the same sentiment all the other local coaches have been saying: Kids don’t seem to realize they aren’t going to get where they want to go if they don’t make good grades. Without naming names, there were players from the city of Slidell last season who had the talent to play college football, but because their grades were so low, no team wanted to deal with them. Making the grades isn’t just about waiting until a kid’s senior year and then deciding to barely squeak by to stay on the prep team.
College coaches take grades into consideration just as much as they do talent nowadays. And why? Because coaches can’t fix GPAs or poor ACT scores. They can help players to know what kind of scores they need to get to qualify for their college, but as far as doing more than that, it’s solely up to the player to do what he needs.
“We’ve got some really good student-athletes at this school and that helps a lot with anyone that can get recruited,” Pope John Paul Head Coach Mark Jeanmard said.
If a coach is looking at a player at one of the local high schools and all the stats are there to play at the next level, but that kid is barely passing and hasn’t even attempted the ACT yet, then that player will get bumped down the list to get recruited. In another words, if a player who does have the grades, but has maybe a little less talent, wants to commit to that school, the team would take the player over the one with unsatisfactory grades and more talent.
The reason why is because it’s a lot of work for college coaches to work with a kid who wasn’t willing to put in the work necessary when it mattered to make the grades. It also puts doubt in the coaches’ minds if the player will do in college what is needed academically to stay eligible. It also looks lazy.
It looks like that athlete, who first is a student, was too lazy to study and do the right thing. No college coach wants a lazy person playing on its team either. So the point is this: Make the grades necessary to keep yourself eligible because when the time comes to get recruited, you don’t want to be wishing for a bunch of “do-overs.”
This way, something as boring as why “x” and “y” are used in math won’t trip you up from a possibly fantastic future.