Archive for November, 2015

Junior Golf : More No Pass No Play

imageIn today’s Wednesday Waggle we will take a look at some aspects of no pass no play that are not so obvious. To restate from my previous post, time management for your junior golfer is a big deal and the sooner you get your daughter on a solid time management structure or at least starting the process, the better off she will be. (photo

We are in Texas and npnp is a reality for our kids. It may not be in your state, but now is the time to find out. Just call any high school, ask almost any public school teacher or coach or athletic department. If it is not required in your state, act like it is. Putting grades first is a big deal and while playing in competition should not be promoted as a reward for decent grades, in reality it is. And npnp is in effect in all colleges, at least NCAA affiliates. This is a lifetime skill. Proper time management and prioritization are vital to your daughter’s success.

Homeschool kids in Texas have a unique situation and 1 which I am not totally clear on. Some public schools can now allow some homeschoolers within their school district geography to participate in varsity sports. I think this is great! What I am not clear on is how homeschooled kids are held accountable for making npnp grades. There must be something for it to be fair to regular public school students, who have a gpa standard to meet. The opportunity for homeschooled kids to play varsity sports at public school is wonderful and I am proud of my state for allowing this. Again check this out with a public school district before you get too excited. I just heard about this a few days ago and I think this is a very new law.

Here’s a perfect example of why grades matter. Let’s say there are 10 girls on your daughter’s high school golf team. And your daughter is consistently 1 of the top 3 players and there are really only 4 girls, including your daughter who can play competitively in tournaments. Now if 1 of the 6 girls who do not play at a high skill level ends up being scholastically ineligible, it’s sad, but not likely to impact the team’s results in a tournament.

Here’s why. In high school and in college tournaments 5 people on each team play and the low 4 scores are the ones that count. So the high score is not used. Out of 71, 73, 75, 76 and 85, the 85 does not count and the total for that round would be 295. 1 player on your daughter’s team can have a poor round. Now if your daughter or 1 of the other top girls doesn’t make her grades, her team has little chance of being competitive. One of the lesser-skilled girls would need to have a great round, which can and does happen but cannot be counted on. So if your daughter does not keep her gpa up she is letting down the team and frankly, really it is not good and can and will be interpreted by some as being a selfish act, being lazy about grades. Sure there can be a course or teacher that is just really a pain, but tutors are available and sometimes your daughter will need to spend extra effort on her gpa in addition to her golf. Yes, time management.

To keep priorities straight, in high school S3 almost always had 1 or more kids ineligible all the time, both guys and girls. Frankly these were usually kids who were lazy about golf and apparently lazy about grades too. Now in 3.5 years, 7 semesters of college golf at an NCAA Division II school, I think he has had maybe 1 guy and 1 girl scholastically ineligible for 1 grading period, total.image

To be clear S3 has always been scholastically eligible and it is a tiebreaker point when you put on your resume to college coaches that you, rather, your daughter has always been scholastically eligible throughout her high school career. Mom and Dad, colleges want daughters and sons who will make their grades, period. And my little, personal survey is a decent example. College student-athletes, for the most part are motivated and are going to have good grades. Set your daughter up to succeed and get good time management habits started today.

See you on #1 tee looking timely and organized… Sam

Junior Golf: No Pass No Play

imageIn this Monday Mulligan we will examine the value of time management for your son. Life skills are critical for junior golfers and being able to make good grades is equally or even more important than playing good golf.

No pass no play is a fact of life for young amateur athletes here in the US. What it means basically, is that your son must have a minimum number of school classes he is making at least a “C” average or equivalent in. For college it means a minimum number of hours with at least a “C” average. If your son does not meet these minimums, he is not eligible to play in competition for his school during the current grading period or until he gets his grades back up. Now this is bad enough in high school and junior high and it is embarrassing for your son and his coach will not be happy. Redemption comes as soon as his grades are where they need to be and that can be as early as the next time interim or semester grades are released. The good news is that in many institutions grades are updated every 6 weeks, so you son may not have to sit out the whole semester. (photo

In college being scholastically ineligible is much more serious since your son is being paid, via his scholarship, to play golf for his school. So poor grades mean missing tournaments and a possible reduction in his scholarship amount for the next year. Most coaches will accept, but not be happy about 1 set of poor grades, but if it happens a 2nd time your son has shown that he has some issues and perhaps cannot be counted on for competition.

Folks, the college coaches don’t have time for this. They have kids standing in line wanting to be on their golf team and they turn down plenty of junior golfers for poor grades and not just high school gpa’s, but SAT scores as well.

So Dad & Mom what do you do? In our house grades have always come first, before golf. S3 was taught that he had to learn how to manage his time so he could get his studying and homework done on time and then he could focus on golf. Of course usually the day’s structure is athletics are done first and then schoolwork is done at home. The bottom line is the same, grades then golf as priorities in life at least through college. The time management skills your son learns will benefit him the rest of his life.image

So help your son schedule and structure his weeks and make sure he sticks to it. This may take some time to settle in, it is usually 3 weeks to ingrain a new habit, but it will be worth it. Your son doesn’t need to be Einstein, but he does need to believe and expect that he can make good grades. And making the minimum grades to be eligible to play in high school are likely not going to be high enough to get him into many, if any, colleges. Encourage him to go for the best grades, not just the minimum requirements. (photo

See you on #1 tee looking smart… Sam

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