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Sports can be the highlight of many students’ high school experience. They provide students with opportunities to make new friends, have fun, and learn to balance schoolwork with after school activities.  

With all these benefits, there are also possible negatives. Some students could be too stressed out, or burdened with schoolwork. 

“On average I get about 2 hours of homework a night,” senior Jen Davis said.   

Opinions differ widely with how much homework student athletes get, which mostly depends on the student’s age.  

This “I get about an hour of homework or less a night,” sophomore Chase Bettick said. 

At CHS, juniors must try out for varsity, and are not allowed to play on JV. This all adds to the workload of juniors and seniors dramatically when they get more homework and have much more pressure when moving up to a more challenging playing level.  

There is also no freshman team at CHS, so students coming up from middle school have to make a transition to the light load of work in middle school to stressful sports and workloads in high school. 

There is also a very real possibility of many kids getting pulled up to varsity on their sophomore, or even freshman year. This would be a very challenging task, and would be highly tasking.  

All of these variables start to affect student grades.  

“I get about 10 hours of sleep a night, and am still exhausted,” senior Jen Davis explained. 

This means even with time to sleep, the taxing qualities of sports demand students to need more sleep, and then without it, students are all around more stressed and tired. 

Late practice also gives students less time to finish their homework when they ” get home around 6 at night,” sophomore Chase Bettick said. 

Late practice makes a 3-and-a-half-hour difference between the normal time students get home, and the time student athletes get home.                                                                                            

Along with all these factors, AP classes add to the workload and stress students already experience.  

“I usually have like three hours of homework a night, and never get enough sleep,” senior Liam Horch shared. “I take 4 AP classes.” 

AP classes are hard to juggle with sports after school, and if a student doesn’t slack on their schoolwork or sport, their sleep will suffer. Taking on that workload is a daunting task, and may be a bad choice for some students.  

“I used to play video games and hang out with my friends a lot, but I cut back on that to accommodate for soccer and school,” Horch said.  

To take on many responsibilities, students will have to give up things in their social life and things they enjoy. This leaves students with a few options. They could do both and give up things they enjoy, not take as many APs, or quit sports.  

Taking on many responsibilities can give students opportunities to learn to juggle a lot of work, and become accustomed to having a heavy workload. Also, many AP classes heavily increases student’s weighted GPA, increasing the colleges they can attend. 

When choosing to increase one’s workload, they must consider many things. It is very possible to do sports and challenging classes, but it takes dedication and perseverance which someone must take into account when deciding what to do with their time.  

 

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