Sports Absences Hurt Students

Ashley Logan

You rush out of class halfway through a lesson to get to your basketball game. On top of all your homework for tonight you now have to teach yourself the rest of the lesson and make up any classwork you missed.

Most Miramonte sports teams request that student-athletes are released early from school to get to games. Tournaments or other big sporting events require some athletes to miss a full day of school. For example the water polo teams and the varsity women’s golf team miss school occasionally for tournaments.

On Sept. 6 the JV women’s water polo team missed school because of an all-day tournament. Defender on the team, sophomore Claire Manrique, said it took around a week to catch up in her classes. “When it comes to grades and sports I think that grades should be the priority. We shouldn’t be missing school because of school sports,” Manrique said.

According to the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) only two percent of students receive athletic scholarships. Because the chances of an athletic scholarship are so slim, a student shouldn’t have to miss school and potentially lower their grades, for a sport.

Some sports, like golf and cross-country, have to have an early release because their events are long and there aren’t lights where they compete. As an alternative option all their events could be on the weekends instead of conflicting with school.

Member of the cross-country team, freshman Bryn Linderman, enjoys having most of the cross-country meets on Saturday. “It’s nice to be able to rest more on the day of a meet and I’m not stressed about homework,” Linderman said.

The Miramonte women’s golf team misses seventh period once a week and full days three times in this year’s season. If all events were on the weekends the team wouldn’t have to worry about making up work in their classes.

Member of the women’s varsity golf team, sophomore Ali Ingrey said, “Even though it’s hard to keep up with schoolwork during the week, it’s always rewarding to have an open weekend.” Although having a free weekend may seem ideal to students, it could be spent by making up class work and stressing over missed material due to absence in class.

Other sports played on the turf have lights so they can start their games later, after school. This way student-athletes can attend a full day of school and then go to their games.

Leaving early does give students a break from school but they pay the consequence later that evening when their homework doesn’t make sense and they have less time to complete it. A student’s stress would impact not only their performance in grades but also in their sports.

Sophomore Natalie Adey, member of the cross-country team, is released early about three times a season from her sixth period class. “The pace is so fast and missing just one period makes a huge difference,” Adey said. When valuable time after school is spent on making up what was missed, there is a lot less time to complete other homework.

Not only does early release and all day absence affect students-athletes, it also affects the teacher. When students are constantly leaving early it distracts the class and the teachers have to catch up their students and give them classwork they missed.