There are 269 Pequot Lakes students in grades 7-12 that participated in our fall athletic programs. Decades of research show that those students will have higher grades, better attendance, lower dropout rates and fewer discipline problems. National studies repeatedly report that high school activities build character, increase self-confidence, relieve tension and support classroom learning. The same studies also show that students that participate are more likely to graduate from high school, stay off drugs and attend college.
Speaking of college, a very small number of high school athletes will ever participate at the college level. The reality is that only 7% of high school athletes will play at any college level. Of those 269 Pequot Lakes fall athletes currently in grades 7-12, roughly 19 of them will play at the next level, or about 3 per class. Scholarship athletes are even more scarce with only 2% of varsity high school athletes reaching that level. The average athletic college scholarship nationwide is $11,000. Due to these statistics, it only makes sense to help your athlete make the most of their high school athletic experience.
Parents can help make their child’s experience more positive by following these guidelines.
*Encourage your child to become involved in high school activities. The American College Testing Service studied four factors that predicted success in life after college. The four factors studied were: 1) high grades in high school; 2) high ACT scores; 3) achievement in high school activities; and 4) high grades in college. The single area that effectively predicted success after college was achievement in high school activities.
*Get involved with our child’s activities. Most groups allow parents to get involved in a variety of ways through fund-raising, organizing team activities or officiating.
*Display good sportsmanship and insist that your child does the same. Cheer for your team and not against the opponents. Appreciate the efforts of the game officials. Be a positive role model.
*Support your child’s coach. Coaches balance the needs of the individual with the requirements of a successful team. Coaches know that it takes everyone to contribute to a successful team.
*Keep things in perspective and help your child do the same. When students are asked why they go out for a sport, most respond that “it is fun”. Keep this in mind in the closing seconds of closely contested contests. The players and coaches are doing their best and appreciate your positive support.
See you at the games!
-- Marc Helmrichs, Activities Director