The main focus of students in school is to pass the core subject classes in order to move up to the next grade level. The No Pass, No Play is a guideline followed by all UIL registered sports. This guideline keeps failing students from participating until they pass. The rule or guildline is so that students will understand that academics come before sports and other events.
Academic subject grades are essential to graduating and make up your GPA. You need a suitable average in order to graduate and you must pass all of your classes. Most colleges require a minimum GPA average to attend or enroll even if you are the poster boy or girl for their national sports division.
Although sports take up a lot of time and dedication, they are seasonal, and are only contribute percentage of a students grade point average. Core subjects are are a full year and need more dedication to studying. With the No Pass, No Play, it can help show that in order to be part of a team, students must prove their commitment to their academic goals. Therefore, it shows coaches and scouts from universities that they are focused on a “game” plan.
GPAs are what colleges look for in each student and a low GPA score can come between being accepted into a college or not. Although some sports players have made it a career, its not always a lifetime career. Unlike sports careers, an education will be there for a lifetime. Players especially need a solid education to fall back on in case they get severely injured or become too old to play.
Scouts come to high schools often to judge students on their playing ability, but without the necessary GPA in place from a solid commitment to core subject grades a student can easily lose out on scholarship offers and acceptance to most colleges. Scholarships may use sports as a free ticket to a higher education and even a chance at a sports career, but those scholarships won’t be there for the taking without an acceptable GPA.
Putting grades before sports is a major commitment. Grades should come before sports because those grades are what scholarships and colleges depend on. In high school, it may be hard to understand that in order to have a good GPA, it takes a lot of effort, and you must be willing to put in in the classroom and put out on the field. If one cannot dedicate themselves to their grades now, it will be harder to do so in college.
Grades are a major priority. If a student can’t pass a class, they shouldn’t be able to play.
Every student focuses on passing classes in order to move on to the next grade level and participate in school activities. The No Pass, No Play keeps failing students from participating until they pass. This guideline makes school academic studies come before sports and other events.
During the sports season, athletes are focused on passing in order to play their sport. Here, at MHS we follow the No Pass, No Play guidelines. Meaning, if you don’t pass a class, you don’t play. Softball player, Kennedy Curry, has to follow these guidelines along with all of the other athletes.
“I think the ‘No Pass, No Play’ is good,” Kennedy said. “If you can’t keep up with your grades, you can’t keep up with your team.”
Although sometimes it may be thought of as unfair, the “No Pass, No Play” keeps academics first in the players mind. Maria Tovar, an honor student along with being a student athlete, said that her grades fluctuate during season. She also said that even though she may have to cram her schoolwork in between games, school still comes first.
“In a way it’s good because I consider school more important,” Maria said. “You should be focused on your grades over sports because it’s an activity. It should be second unless you are trying to pursue that sport.”