Southwinds

Filed under Sports, Top Stories

Playing a sport in college is like having a job

According+to+the+NCAA%2C+in+2016-2017%2C+only+about+7%25+of+high+school+athletes%2C+or+about+1+in+14%2C+went+on+to+play+in+college.
Back to Article
Back to Article

Playing a sport in college is like having a job

According to the NCAA, in 2016-2017, only about 7% of high school athletes, or about 1 in 14, went on to play in college.

According to the NCAA, in 2016-2017, only about 7% of high school athletes, or about 1 in 14, went on to play in college.

According to the NCAA, in 2016-2017, only about 7% of high school athletes, or about 1 in 14, went on to play in college.

According to the NCAA, in 2016-2017, only about 7% of high school athletes, or about 1 in 14, went on to play in college.

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






High school sports and college sports are very different.

Jeremy Soria, the basketball coach at South Mountain High School said, “If you are truly into the game or are around it, you can tell the change in speed, how much it increases … also how much time and effort you put in on and off the court.”

According to studybreaks.com in the article “The Difference Between High School and College Athletics” by Keegan Fornoff, “In college practice will be much more intense and longer than in high school. In high school the average practice hours a week are 10 to 12 hours but in college it is 40 hours alone on athletics.”

A CBS news story explained,  “Teachers and coaches refer to teens as ‘student athletes’ in high school, as in they are students first and athletes second. In high school, 98% of athletes graduate, but in college it drops to about 83%.”

One of the biggest challenges in college ball is there’s so much competition.

“College is going to be a very competitive playing field,” Soria said. “You have people from all around the world with different skills and abilities that all have the same goal as you.”

Another big issue is that teenagers might find themselves playing against adults.

“In college, everyone who is capable to play physically against bigger men will play,” Soria said. “A freshman in college can be training the same as a 21 and 22-year-old.”

According to the NCAA, in 2016-2017, only about 7% of high school athletes, or about 1 in 14, went on to play in college. Less than 2% of high school athletes advanced to NCAA Division I schools.

In college, playing a sport is like having a job.

“It’s not a hobby,” said Soria. “They are going to college to play a sport and it’s something that they have dedicated their life to, instead of in high school when sometimes it’s just a hobby.”

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Navigate Left
  • Playing a sport in college is like having a job

    National News

    Why is Fortnite Battle Royale so popular?

  • Playing a sport in college is like having a job

    Sports

    Should we pay college athletes?

  • Playing a sport in college is like having a job

    Sports

    Fewer young athletes are playing football

  • Playing a sport in college is like having a job

    Campus News

    South Mountain High School boasts new nursing program

  • Playing a sport in college is like having a job

    Campus News

    !CAUTION! Construction Zone Ahead

  • Playing a sport in college is like having a job

    Campus News

    South Mountain teacher awarded the John J. Ross Memorial Award for excellence

  • Playing a sport in college is like having a job

    National News

    Dazed and Blazed Concert: A day I’ll never forget

  • Playing a sport in college is like having a job

    National News

    Why do we have a feminine hygiene product tax?

  • Playing a sport in college is like having a job

    National News

    Should parents snoop?

  • Playing a sport in college is like having a job

    National News

    Teens suffering from domestic violence can get help

Navigate Right
The student news site of South Mountain High School
Playing a sport in college is like having a job