Encouraging your athlete to be the next Michael Jordan or Mia Hamm is a great goal, but the reality is, not every student is drafted for college or the big leagues.

Should kids have to make good grades to make the team?

Sports can play an essential part of every young student's development when it comes to learning discipline and teamwork. Physical activity has been shown to contribute to academic and social success directly.

Sports teams, similar to schoolwork, demand participation, dedication, teamwork, and self-motivation.

As parents, we should encourage kids to find their own motivators and commit to their responsibilities. Sports can be a great way to teach children skills for life by tieing the privilege to play organized sports to grades.

Taking sports away as a punishment, by parents or schools, can teach student-athletes about consequence in the real world.Athletics and AcademicsThere have been many scientific studies between the correlation of better grades and sports participation as physical activity can directly impact mental abilities and emotional faculties.

During their school years (ages 8-17), a child’s mental and physical development is in full swing. Studies show there is a significant impact that physical activity has on grades. Exercise improves the oxygen flow to the brain, increasing neurotransmitters such as serotonin and endorphins.

Active kids show to be happier and healthier. Kids involved in physical activity have reduced levels of anxiety and stress and are less likely to become depressed.

Routine exercise promotes higher levels of concentration as well resulting in better memory, critical thinking, and overall learning. Student-athletes are less likely to become involved with substance abuse and more likely to pursue higher education.  

Academics may sometimes feel like a drag for your energetic students, but sports can help to motivate them to study. Organized sports can drive them to study harder to be allowed to stay on the field while they're in high school, helping to lay the foundation for studying in college as well.

The College Cut- Playing By NCAA Rules

If your student-athlete is considering playing a sport in college, they need good grades.

Athletic scholarships are an excellent motivator for studying, but because there are thousands of applicants each year, it is very competitive.

The NCAA implemented a “Make grades to Make the team” policy. At the university level, students must learn time management and prioritization, and the NCAA makes it clear that education comes first.

The academic standard of excellence that the NCAA expect participants to meet. They require their athletes to maintain a 2.3 GPA, and if these requirements are not met, coaches can't give them any playtime.

The NCAA will place a student-athlete on academic probation until they meet the minimum GPA requirements. At the college level, it may sound like a punishment, but it is to motivate the student-athletes to improve their grades and implement better study habits.

If you find that your child is performing poorly in their academics, encourage them to try out for a sports team. This could be the change needed to help motivate them to get an A on their upcoming exams.