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This Week in Athletics

School and Sports Balancing Act

With Spring Sports in full go finding balance with School and Sports can be challenging.  Here are a few tips to share with your athletes from Coach Jeanne Goodes.
• Get organized and stay organized. Use a big desk calendar for school and sports. Write down all due dates for schoolwork, projects, and papers. Write down all sports practices and games. Every week revisit your calendar and make corrections. 
• Manage your time. With competing demands placed on your time, you must plan your known time schedule. Known times are school time, game and practice time, and travel time to and from school, as well as travel time to and from sports practices and events. By blocking this known time on your calendar, you can determine your actual homework time and study time.
• Plan your week; don’t let your week plan you. Look at your calendar and note when you have projects due, tests scheduled, and practices and games scheduled. Plan how you will study and when you will study.
• Use your weekends wisely. Use your weekend as preparation time for the week ahead. Start homework for the upcoming week. Read chapters and take notes ahead of time. Use this time to plan for and prepare for projects and papers that are due. 
• Use your travel time to and from school, practices, and games wisely. Review notes, read chapters, study, or read books. Another tip - use audiobooks while traveling and read along.
• Do not procrastinate. Do assignments as soon as they are given, rather than waiting until the last minute. Assuredly, poor planning and waiting until the last minute will result in missed practices or missed games.
• Do not get behind. Whether this pertains to homework, schoolwork, grades, or sports practices, it is easier to stay ahead of schoolwork rather than to play catch up with grades, missed assignments, or missed sporting events.
• Take advantage of study halls and free periods. Do homework, ask for help, study, and get ahead of your work. 
•Take advantage of school resources, such as tutors. 

Demands on our time never end. Our obligations and interests continue to vie for our attention and our time throughout our lives. By introducing and implementing time-saving tips and techniques early in a student athlete’s career, we - as parents, coaches, and trainers - can aid in the student athlete’s success, not only in school and on the playing field, but in life.

Jon Goodman