Back in a simpler time when I grew up, kids around our neighborhood played every sport possible for fun and fun alone. Wow, that would be a novel concept to many today. Fast forward to the 21st century. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I have heard parents look at their child who hadn’t even entered high school yet and announced to me how they planned for Little Johnny to get a SCHOLARSHIP. Let me explain a few things to you at this point.
There are only so many athletic scholarships available in each sport. The so-called non-revenue sports often have very little money to offer. Also, the smaller the school, the less money they have for athletic scholarships. In some cases, they do not have any. Many of the athletes that you see gracing the sports pages of The Cadiz Record signing their letter of intent to play college ball receive very little money to aid their efforts.
Along this line of thinking, let me say this. The overwhelming majority of the kids from Cadiz that sign these scholarships never actually play four years of ball in college. Some don’t even make it to the first game in college.
One of these days in the near future, I am going to attempt to compile a list of Trigg County graduates that have gone on to college and actually competed for four years in intercollegiate athletics. You would be surprised at how low the percentage is. My concluding point is this. Let little Johnny enjoy Little League. Give him or her every opportunity to be successful, but don’t push too hard. Sometimes, doing so can have a reverse effect. I have seen it enough to know it is true.
Enthusiasm Makes the Difference Mike Wright is the former head coach of boys basketball and cross country at Trigg County High School. Emails concerning Coach’s Corner can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.>