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Who Cares About non-Athletes?

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This has been one of my pet peeves for years! The educational environment in most towns is created to educate children and provide opportunity to excel and grow. Theater, music, clubs, and of course sports. Why is it that we have created elaborate handbooks and policies that support and regulate student-athletes? Most communities require players to maintain a certain academic standing in order to play. They must sign training rules swearing to avoid drugs and alcohol in order to play. Oh, some schools actually say the rules begin with the teams first practice and end after the last contest or practice. That gives athletes a window between sports to be like all other students. (Message: It’s OK to get busted out of season.) Most schools have serious consequences for breaking training rules during the season. Some schools even break it down to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd offenses with a variety of complicated conditions. Vermont Principals Association has guidelines for each sport.

All of this brings me to my current “pet peeve” about Athletics Handbooks. Why is it we only seem to care about the student-athlete? Why aren’t we trying as hard to help ALL our students learn the value lessons outlined for the athlete? Co-curricular, interscholastic competition (debate, spelling, one-act plays . . .), music festivals, foreign trips, clubs, etc. do not have the same expectations that we place on athletes to help them learn and grow. I feel we should apply a high standard of participation and behavior to all students in all aspects of the educational community. A student caught drinking at a party can attend the school dance, participate in spring concert but an athlete has consequences and special attention is given to helping him/her figure it out and do better. Why can’t we help ALL our students with the same level of commitment and caring?

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Written by Roger

May 22, 2010 at 1:12 PM

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