Expectations on High School Athletes

I love sports books for kids.  Maybe it’s because I have no athletic talent so I can live through the glory, sweat and tears vicariously.  But whatever the reason, the book I have today looks at recruiting kids to play sports in college as early as their freshman year in high school.   It’s a fascinating peak into both the pressure on college teams as well the expectations on high school athletes.

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Title: Top Prospecttop-prospect expectations on high school athletes

Author: Paul Volponi

Target: Grades 6 and up

Series: No

What this book is about:

Travis Gardner loves football. His brother just accepted a football scholarship and is attending Gainsville University. When Travis meets the head coach he shows him some of his stuff. To his surprise the coach offers Travis a scholarship and a place on the team when he gets to college. However, Travis is just starting ninth grade! The pressure to keep up his performance and to lead his high school team at such a young age begins to wear on Travis. Every decision seems monumental as he makes choices that may not be the best for him in the long run. Could these hurt his chances to play for Gainsville?

Why I love this book:

  • This is a great look at both high school and college football. The pressure on these kids is intense, even for Travis who has a brother and mother who are there to support and love him every step of the way.
  • This book looks at the temptation to take steroids and the effect it can have on athletes. It is a good warning for kids. It also addresses some of the rules regarding paying NCAA players and the risks kids take when they come from less affluent families.
  • I like the complex relationship that Travis and his brother have with their father. He is not absent from their lives, but he has moved on to another family and the effects are strongly felt by the boys.

Who this book is for:

Great book for kids who like football or sports in general. Since Travis is only in ninth grade this is very appropriate for middle school but gives a good look at sports moving forward.

Final thoughts:

It is extremely interesting reading about how many athletes are recruited younger and younger. While it is unusual for football athletes to get scholarships before entering high school, female athletes are actually recruited sooner and basketball, lacrosse and volleyball are recruiting in higher than expected numbers before junior year.

To purchase this book:

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