Students struggle adjusting to school and sports

Commitment from sports can take time from school work


Ayelet Prottas

Freshman volleyball player Katie Crocker completes her homework in the stands of a varsity volleyball game Sept. 10. Many student athletes have a difficult time finishing their homework during their primary sports seasons.

Molly Schochet

According to junior volleyball player Kristi Thompson, it is extremely difficult to manage both school and sports due to the large time commitment each requires.

“It’s really hard to balance your homework and practice time. If there’s a game you have to stay there all night and find time to do your homework while also supporting the other teams,” Thompson said.

Sophomore Marley Miller said soccer has a demanding schedule with frequent practices. 

“We practice almost every day after school and sometimes on the weekends,” Miller said.

According to Thompson, the lack of time due to sports not only makes it hard to find time for homework, but also affects the ability to participate in activities outside of school. 

“You have to plan ahead and find time not just to do your homework, but also for social events,” Thompson said. 

According to science teacher and football coach Alexander Polk, adjusting to the new school year while also being involved in a sport is also an issue for teachers who coach fall sports.

 “Personally, balancing time is my biggest struggle. That’s why I’m available before school and through email as well.” Polk said. “I understand that’s a struggle still and can lead to issues.” 

Miller said even though it may be stressful at times, sports are worth it because you get to form new relationships

“I enjoy having fun, being with my team, making new friends and exercising,” Miller said.