If your child has their sights set on a career in baseball, their performance in school might feel secondary. It’s important to remind them of the role that grades play in that pursuit.
A solid GPA is part of what recruiters consider – and neglecting their schoolwork can be a serious hurdle to achieving those dreams. Plus, some of the best baseball programs are at schools with high academic standards, which can make getting accepted to those schools difficult.
Here’s how to encourage your high school baseball player to find a balance between school and sports – and avoid burnout in the process.
Plan for Success
When it comes to success, the best place to start is with a plan. Help your child set clear, achievable goals for both academic and high school baseball commitments. Break down larger goals into smaller, manageable tasks to work on daily or weekly.
Encourage your child to keep a calendar or planner. Anticipate busy periods such as exam weeks or intense game schedules. Put time on the calendar for studying and stick to it to avoid feeling overwhelmed when things get busy. Help them create a system to keep study materials, and sports gear, well-organized. Having a tidy space helps them find what they need quickly, saving precious time.
Finding time to prioritize schoolwork around a busy schedule isn’t impossible – it just requires a little creativity. Instead of focusing on what they can’t do, look at what they can do. Where can you squeeze in study time/homework time in their existing schedule? Remind them to make use of downtime during travel, between classes or before practice to review notes and complete quick assignments.
You can also teach them how to make the most of their time. Help them learn effective study methods such as active reading, summarizing information and using mnemonic devices to retain information faster and more effectively.
You know that your child’s well-being is more important than any sport, but it can be difficult for some students to keep that perspective. Be vocal with your support, both on the field and off. Remind them that their worth doesn’t come from any one achievement – and that includes baseball and their academic performance.
It’s also a good idea to keep everyone in the loop. Inform teachers and coaches in advance about their high school baseball schedule and academic commitments to avoid last-minute conflicts.
Why Balance Matters
Students don’t perform their best when they are stressed, anxious or worried. Maintaining balance allows students to feel secure and confident in all areas of their lives. Remember, you are your child’s first and most important coach – and if you feel they are becoming overwhelmed and burnt out, you might need to step in and ask if they need a pause. Look at their schedule together and discuss whether adjustments are needed.
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