I was a competitive swimmer throughout my high school years. While it may not have been all smooth sailing, I am so thankful for the opportunities I was given and the lessons that I learned. High school sports have become controversial over the years, but I can honestly say that I have no regrets spending most of my days in the pool.
In order to succeed in athletics, you always have to be dedicated. Two practices a day, with school in between and homework after, is no joke. These team sports teach us how to be dedicated with everything we do in our lives. When we have a job, we will be more likely to give 100% of our effort, as a result of what we have learned from sports. With our crazy practice and competition schedules, we also learn how to manage our time and stress.
Learn How to Accept Failure
If you win every single game you play, or receive a personal best time every single time you compete, you are truly incredible. Most athletes, however, experience failure at some point in their career. Whether it’s one loss to ruin a perfect season, or several years of failure, an athlete learns how to eventually pick himself or herself back up. This is another great skill that will come in handy in our everyday lives. If you never fail in life, you’re most likely not taking enough risks.
Gain a Family
I may have just gotten lucky, but my teammates were truly like a family to me in high school. No matter what, you are going to have one or two people you click with. This makes going through high school a little easier for everyone. You have people to support you at your highest of highs, and people to pick you up after your lowest of lows. Your teammates love you, encourage you, and work with you every day to build you into the person you are today.
If you are thinking about participating in high school sports, I highly encourage it. It will only give you more memories to look back on one day. Also, staying healthy and in shape while having fun is a huge plus!