If you’re in high school and play a competitive sport, you already know the basics of time management. It is easy to fall into a routine during the season and depending what that routine is it is either really good or bad. Being a student athlete is kind of like a job and sometimes it gets a little overwhelming at times. Here are four ways to help with your academic and athletic success at the NCAA level.
Keep your grades up
It doesn’t matter how good you are at your sport, if your GPA isn’t appealing it will be hard to get scholarship looks from good schools. No coach wants a liability on there team. After all student comes first.
Communication is key in any situation, especially when you are a student athlete. If you need to leave early from school for a game or tournament it is best to tell your teachers in advance so they have time to plan and make sure you have everything you need for the day. It is best to be as transparent as possible so the teacher knows your schedule. They will most likely respect the fact that you are keeping them in the loop and may bump your grade in certain situations.
Research As most athletes know the recruiting process can be stressful and fun at the same time. But in the midst of everything that is happening you as the athlete need to do as much research on the school as the school is doing on you. It is extremely important to pick a school that you like, not based on athletics but based on academics. So if anything were to happen you know you will still be happy without playing sports.
Plan your life
As you progress through your years of sports, you have to realize for approximately 98% of college athletes will not make a career out of there college sport. This means that you have to be ready to enter the real world. Try new things and make as many connections as you can, summer internships are a great way to open corporate door for you in the off season. Whatever you do make sure you don’t let the dream of the big league distract you from a more conventional way of living, make sure to have a backup plan.