Sports Eligibility Policy: Pt.2

This is a follow up article to the Sports Eligibility Policy article. It is highly encouraged to read part 1 first.

As the U-32 boys basketball team nears the end of the first half of their season, three out of ten players are failing at least one class.

After the Chronicle published an article questioning U-32’s sports eligibility policy, conversation was sparked in the senior lounge. “It is not that hard to get a passing grade,” said Senior Jackson Root. “As long as you are showing up to class and doing some of your work you should pass.”

Another senior, Maggie Kirby, agreed. “If a student is motivated enough to show up to school to play it would not be much more for them to put some effort in in the classroom.” Maggie also added, “they would be helping themselves and helping the image of the school.”

Some students do support the more relaxed eligibility policy we have established now.

“U-32 is very dedicated to their sports, and it is hard to define a student based on grades,” said senior Kyle Booth. Booth explained how sports may be the only thing going for a student. “They could be pushing themselves but still failing some classes, when they get on the sports field it may be a real release for them. That isn’t something we should be taking away from students.”

The first article received a comment from a parent of a U-32 student in support of the school’s current policy. Julie DeRosia offered her opinion about the importance of options and opportunities. “Without sports, many may be lost completely to U-32, and miss their chance at furthering their education.”

DeRosia expounds on this, talking about how it could keep kids in school. “I know many students who would not be students any longer if it hadn’t been for their passion for their sports of choice and the comradery and support of their teammates.” She elaborated by saying “in fact, I would bet that because of U-32’s “humane” sports eligibility policy there are many students who actually have done far better academically and socially than they would have had they not been allowed to participate in their sport.”

With the new establishment of proficiency grading, a policy more like Montpelier’s makes a lot of sense, and could be implemented in the future. A policy that encompassed all aspects of a student athlete would both support the student and the school as a whole.

DeRosia summed up the importance of sports nicely, “Sports bestow precious lessons all on their own; and I don’t mean the rules of the game or the score. It is an irreplaceable education for many.”

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