Interscholastic high school sports were initiated to mainly nurture those students whose talent is sports and enable them to realize their dreams.
The interscholastic high schools sports are grounded on the understanding that, schools bring together people with numerous talents and no single individual resembles any other. The event is based on the appreciation of diversity and the realization that, some individuals who do not achieve academically can achieve in sports. Unlike in the past when academics were seen as the key to wealthy and successful future, people have realized that there is a lot of potential in sports.It is against that background that interscholastic high school sports were formed with the sole purpose of preparing and nurturing young talent in sports to achieve lifetime dreams of being successful.
The academic system is largely disadvantageous especially for the below average learner. This is because the performance in final exams still determines which career one can pursue, which college one can attend, and even in some cases, what kind of jobs, one can perform. Sports are not exclusive to academics as it is still possible for people to excel in both (Millman, 1999). The fact there are some students who are talented in both sports and academics mean that, the interscholastic high school event is a great privilege for such students to discover their dual talents. Interscholastic high school sports have since inception benefited quite a big number of students and some of the best sportsmen and women in the state and in the whole nation are beneficiaries of the sporting event.Interscholastic high school sports have also gained unprecedented popularity amongst students something, which has seen the participating schools always look forward to the event. The interscholastic event is so popular such that, parents of the students often take time off work to come and watch or be together with their children during the sports. The interscholastic event has also gained a lot of popularity in the communities around the schools, which get involved.
As a result, when the events are ongoing a lot of the supporters and event sponsors come from the local communities around the schools to cheer on. This is very important in that, the interscholastic high school sports have become a tool for the schools to market themselves. Indeed, the interscholastic school event can be viewed as one of the best marketing campaigns, which the schools have at their exposure. During the event, schools get an opportunity to boost their public relations. The fact that interscholastic high school sports receive wide media coverage means that, the schools mission, vision and motto is sold to the general public something, which has seen the participating schools become popular day after day.The interscholastic high school sports also afford the participating schools an opportunity to exchange ideas and knowledge in that, different schools can learn a lot in terms of organizational, cultural, discipline issues and even academic from each other.
Interscholastic high school sports is one of the greatest events and as a result, it attracts a lot of well known sports “scouts” who are always on the look out for young talent which can be nurtured. The “scouts” are responsible for the big number of school graduates from the interscholastic high school sports that have made it in the world of sports.The interscholastic high school sports are also a very important activity for students who are still in their teens and therefore for them it is a great time for socialization with peers. The students take this opportunity to take pride in their schools something, which increases the sense of belonging and can greatly increase loyalty to school leadership. The interscholastic school sports there are seen by students as a chance to make their school known and recognized especially when the school emerges winner in different sports.The interscholastic high school sports are a great opportunity for the students to take time off academics.
Academic stress is usually common among high school students and therefore, interscholastic high school sports afford the students an opportunity to deal with stress and relax. The sports also enable the students to get involved in their hobbies for those who sports are a hobby (Jackson, 1999). The interscholastic high school sports can be said to have in a big way contributed to the relative calm in the schools, which participate in the sports in that, they enable students to spend their free time in constructive activities. The interscholastic high school sports are beneficial to the local traders in that, during the event, students and participants often spend lavishly especially on foods and beverages.This has seen the local entrepreneurs benefit immensely and always to look up to the next interscholastic high school sports knowing that’ it is usually a great opportunity to make a good income. Sports traders also benefit in that’ since the interscholastic high school sports brings together many sports participants, the orders for sports wear, sports gear and sports equipment usually surges during the interscholastic high school sports something which has seen the traders and business community openly support and sponsor the sports events.The interscholastic high school sports is an event which is often viewed as a healthy campaign by the health department considering the problem of obesity and overweight among school going children in the country. These sports are seen as a health campaign, which encourage youngsters to participate in sports not necessarily because of the monetary gains in terms of successful careers, but also to take the opportunity to exercise and perhaps shed some unnecessary weight.
This keeps the students fit and is not a costly method of fighting obesity in the society. However, not everything is smooth for the interscholastic high school sports. There are many challenges facing the event which unless well addressed threatens to undo the gains and benefits of the sports. The money spent on the sports ranges in thousands of dollars.
Some feel that this figure is too much high for the event organizers to use. Opponents argue that, the lucrative amount budget is misplaced considering the fact that the schools, which participate in the interscholastic high school sports, are not sports academies but are grounded on pedagogic philosophy.The amount of money which goes in the sports have also been blamed for leaving the schools cash strapped and unable to deal with other urgent needs in the schools such as equipping libraries as well as giving bursaries to the needy students amongst the student fraternity. The sports have been seen by some as benefiting to the business community as opposed to the students considering the large amount of money spent on buying sports wear, sports gear and sports equipment. There is also the challenge of balancing the time spent in sports in terms of practicing and preparation. The sports require a lot of preparations and drills, which go on for months. This is very challenging to the students because most of the schools curriculums do not spare enough time for sports.
As a result, such students never get enough time to study something which often affects their academic performance. The interscholastic sports events have come under attack for being inconsiderate for the participants’ academic obligations considering the fact that’ some of the participants have even at times missed exams to attend to the sports. This has not gone on well with educational officials and some parents especially those who would want their children to excel in academics.
The interscholastic high school sports have also been putting a lot of pressure on students in terms of expectations. There is no clear-cut line between academic duties and sporting duties. This results to conflicts especially given the fact that, class teachers expect the students to excel in the classroom and at the same time sports instructors expect the students to excel in the sports. This can be disturbing to the young students who feel overwhelmed by the high expectations academics and sports put on them.
There is also a problem to those students who study on the basis of scholarships and therefore the continuous sponsorship of their school tuition fees is pegged on academic performance. Overwhelming such students with sports can be counterproductive in that, if they fail to meet the expectations of the sponsors they always risk the scholarship being stopped. The school sports also cause serious injuries to the participants and as a result this affects learning activities considering the time spent on hospitals as well as the cost of treating those injuries.To participate in sports, students need to invest in sports gear (Gross, 1991). This is a challenge in that some students are not capable of paying for the costs associated with the games.
This automatically means that, the sports are not accessible to the marginalized groups. Participation is pegged on socio-economic status and it becomes discriminatory to those who cannot afford. Another challenge facing the interscholastic high school sports is the fact that, the sports emphasize on a few areas such as athletics. This greatly puts at a disadvantage those students who are talented in other sports apart from those given emphasis by the interscholastic high school event organizers. This can lead to discontentment and a feeling of frustration to the rest of the students’ community, which feels not taken care of. Some ugly incidences have in the past characterized the interscholastic high school sports.
This has seen incidences of violence between adversary schools cause tensions. This is a challenge in that, it can be a source of sports hooliganism, which the world of sports is trying hard to cope with currently (Cypert, 1991).Violence incidences result into tarnishing the names of the schools, which participate in the interscholastic high school sports. Those who get involved in the disruptive activities are often dismissed from school something which further interrupts their academics. The disruptive behaviour especially if it involves a big number of sportsmen and women can spread into the whole school community and lead to a widespread indiscipline and violence amongst the whole school community.Performance enhancement drugs have become very common today and their use is very common amongst sportsmen and women.
The Interscholastic high school event like other sports is faced with this problem. The authorities in US such as FDA have put in place stringent measures to curb the problem but despite the efforts, people and especially sportsmen and sportswomen continue to use the drugs oblivious of the risks, which have cost many of their lives and careers.Most people who are affected by the problem of using banned drugs are sportsmen and sportswomen. For most of the sportsmen and sportswomen, sports and games are their careers and what they do it full time to earn a living. When the same sports people use the drugs resulting into interference with their careers, then this is a problem, for students this is risky considering the fact that, they are young and still in school.. Steroids pose mental problems.
The fact that most people are not keen on following prescriptions and in some cases they never even bother to get prescription for the steroids, something which portends great health risks for the drug users.Mental disorders such as hyperactivity or mood swings can result whenever people use steroids. Another commonly observable effect of steroid use is the psychological effect steroids have on the user. Especially when over dosage cases are involved, drug abuse results into psychological effects like loss of confidence, unwarranted fear, as well as other conditions such as a state of anxiety. In such circumstances, an individual may lack consistency and perseverance, which implies that in the long run an individual may deteriorate in their career performance.
This also could have effects on the relations of the drug user and the people around him or her.Overdose of steroids may also lead into the person engaging in physical activities, which harm not only the individual about those around him or her (Kowalski, Kathiann, 1999). In other cases, those found guilty have been banned from participating in the given sporting events.
These bans cost a lot of sportsmen and sportswomen their careers as the affected individuals rely on such events to earn their income. In some cases it can affect the personality of those sportsmen or women found guilty considering the fact that, most cases whereby sports persons found guilty are publicized by the media.In conclusion, the interscholastic high school sports have both strengths and weaknesses. However, there is a need for the school authorities to address the challenges associated with the event in order to make sure that, they do not result into the interscholastic high school losing the popularity, which they currently enjoy. It should not be lost to event organizers and the community at large that, many have benefited from the sporting events and therefore leaving the few challenges to curtail the success of the interscholastic high school sports would be ill advised.