5 Reasons to quit a high school sport and 3 consequences
5 Reasons to quit a high school sport and 3 consequences
I have been brought up to always stick till the end, to never quit. But there comes a time when continuing to be in a high school sport is just too much and quitting may be the best choice.
5 Reasons to quit:
1. You no longer have fun.
Being in a high school sport should be a fun experience. If you are not having a good time then it might not be worth continuing to be in the sport that you have chosen, unless you are very good. At a certain time fun will turn into lots of work, work can be good for an athlete that gets a college scholarship or is recognized by the school for good performance. But if you are sitting on the bench for all basketball games then have second thoughts. There may be other sports that fit better for you.
2. You donít have talent or body type.
It is beneficial to have talent or at least have the body type for the sport you have picked. At one time I was a diver but had no talent. I would work out for hours each day in the off-season while my teammate who had talent came in every couple days and could do dives that I could never do. Must also consider your body type, for example, Itís beneficial for good runners to be tall with a thin waist or for gymnasts to be small while football players big. If you donít have the talent or the body type than you will always struggle.
3. You are struggling with school work.
School work is much more important than being in a high school sport. Unless youíre a big star you should be worried more about grades. Most high school athletes do not continue to compete after high school, only the elite do. Developing good brain power is useful because it will be used throughout your lifetime. While muscle will be lost unless you pick a career such as construction where manual work is required.
4. You had an injury.
If you had an injury and it is difficult to perform the sport or if you continue to have pain then why waste more time at it. Itís nice to be around teammates and to have the one team attitude but in the end you may be wasting time on something that has no future for you. Also if you continue to perform the sport with an injury then you may have more problems down the road. You may also feel the injury or pain for the rest of your life or it may reoccur at old age.
5. You spend too much time in the gym.
If you spend too much time in the gym and you are not a good athlete then you may be wasting your time. Two hours a day practicing your particular sport should be enough. More time in the gym will not allow you to have time to work on school work. You also should have time to recover in order for the muscles to grow. Should not spend too much time on something that will not be done after high school. From experience, in the off-season workout no more than 4 times a week, take Wednesdays off to recover and concentrate on school, family, and friends.
1. May miss it, may continue to think about it.
If you quit or even stay with it till the end you may miss the sport even years after, I mean 30, 40, 50 years after. High schools display trophies, pictures, flags, talk and write about the sports school history, keep athlete score boards, etc., to build student / athlete loyalty. Also the harder the practices are the more loyalty and team bonding is built. Which can be very difficult to quit and after quitting you may think about it for just about forever. You can always work out on your own or join a community sports group. Although being in a high school sport will always be a little different.
2. Teammates may turn away from you.
Your teammates may stop talking to you and may talk badly about you, remember they are focused only on the sport. When they stop talking to you they will show others on the team that are thinking of quitting that they will also experience such silence from the team. This way the team is strengthened, everyone works harder so that no one is ostracized the same way as the quitter. You may see these teammateís years after and they may still avoid your presence. Itís difficult to start talking to someone after one has stopped. It also may be difficult for them to accept that high school sports made nothing of them, and they could have had a better future if they spent less time in the gym and studied just a little longer. In the end you may realize that these teammates were not much of friends just a group that focused on one goal.
3. Former coach may be angry with you.
A coach may really care about the student and the students grades but the coach also wants to look good in the community, wants the team to perform well to get a raise, and maybe even a bonus. Coachesí number one goal is to provide the high school with state trophies or outstanding athletes for the school to look good. Good coaches will make the athlete keep grades up and will understand why taking some time off or quitting is important. Number one thing a good coach will do is talk to the athlete that quit to understand the athleteís problems or struggle, something may be worked out so that the athlete continues to be in the sport. A bad coach will not talk about the issue again and may even be angry with the athlete that quit. In the end it might be that the coach you thought was great is not that great of a person at all.
In the end the choice is yours, you should give it lots of thought because whichever path will be chosen will affect you high school experience and you may never go back to the way things were. This article is not written to promote quitting.