Do sports affect grades?

February 25, 2011 • By Danielle Grover '14  
Filed under Editorial, Opinion

Many students in high school are involved in one or more sports. Some students are so concerned about their sports that they forget about their grades. The question is: Do sports affect grades?

            At West Deptford High School, an athlete’s day goes something like this: he or she attends all of his classes, and then he would have a practice for the sport he plays. Sometimes the athlete would have a game, meet, or match; he might be there all night and wouldn’t have time to do homework.

            “When I have a tennis match, we usually have to be there early to practice, which doesn’t give me much time to work on my homework so it’s really hard to get it done,” said Elaine DeHart.

            Most teachers assign homework and expect students who play sports to have it the next day, while a few teachers are nice enough to give students a few days to complete an assignment.

However, for those unlucky students, who have their homework due the next day, they suffer a huge loss of sleep. 

            Studies have shown that when you’re tired, you’re not as focused and concentrated. When athletes in school do their homework late at night, they’re not focused, and they end up getting it wrong anyway.

            When athletes do their work incorrectly, their grade lowers. If they continue to get home late and do their homework late, their grade will decrease more and more. Eventually, their grades will lower beyond their control.

            Also, in most high schools athletes have to have an A, B average to stay on the team. So when the athlete’s grades drop, they end up getting kicked off of their team anyway. And by that time, it’s already too late to fix their grades.

            So the answer is yes. If you’re a student in high school, and you play on a sports team then your grades most likely will be affected. There are only a few solutions to keep your grades from dropping; you could choose to not play on a sports team at all, you could try extremely hard and keep good grades and stay on the team, or teachers need to stop giving so much work.

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