Is Drafting HS Students Harmful or Beneficial?

It is this famous concept that has followed the world of sports for many years, and it is drafting. Drafting begins in high school for many athletes and professional athletes that we have in this world. Recruiters from top athletic divisions got to high schools to scout out top players from these high schools team to bring them into their university, where they can equip in them and invest  a great deal of money in them to ensure that they have top players. This then equates to winnings which increases all athletes directors income which is many individuals motivations to continue at what they do because it involves a great deal of money; even if their roles can be harmful to individuals. Is this very mindset that contributes so greatly to this concept and what constantly gets under looked is the true concern for the well-being of the athletes once they enter an institution? For many high school athletes that were chosen to play for a particular university due to their talent, but what isn’t noted is that these students now have to compete with star players from all over the nation on one team. So instead of their being competition on opposing teams, they now have It within their own teams. Nevertheless, there all competing to win that start spot as quarterback etc. Due to this, many players end up quitting their athletic team due to not having the attention as star player, which then leads them to dropping out of their University. In other cases, these players are still human beings which means accidents will occur, and sometimes may need medical treatment, and in some cases terminal treatment until they’re bones/body is fully treated of their injury, and most coaches don’t care to hear this nor tolerate it. An injured athlete means there no source of income for the coach; they are dead weight, and costing the team funds, and ends up knocking on these players doors and telling them that they will be dropped. However, it’s in these instances when you ponder do these coaches have any type of relationship with their players in that they can be so quick in telling them that they must go due a mistake that happen while they were playing for that prospective team, I just don’t understand that concept. There are alternative methods to these decisions that can be done for instance allowing these players to still be a part of the team and they just have them sit out of games or remain hospitalized until they get better. But to completely drop dome one once their injured shows a lack of concern for them as people and their well-being, and it also shows that that coach has no faith that their players injuries could improve, which already singles them out of any recovery. In these many cases, what are athletes than to do? Hope they never get injured in a sport that is injury prone? Most players are where they are due to the athletic team sponsoring them and paying their way through in college, so stripping them away of this contributed to athletes downfall in these institutions. In essence, what was the point of giving this student from high school the hopes that he would play college football, be financially stable, and receiving all other benefits that athletes receive only to strip them away from them. The problem greatly arises is when will these coaches, and athletic officials don’t make their players aware of these issues that can arise it appears as a taking advantage of these players for their entertainment and income. To add, when these players quit their sometimes forced to drop off because they may not be able to afford attending their University, because they were on an athletic scholarship or had their tuition fully paid because they were an athlete. Once their stripped of that, then what are they do? This happens too much that it’s now become a norm for many college football teams. So the question proposed, are college players really benefitting from being drafted as high schoolers with low chances of them into actually getting drafted into he NFL, when their sometimes even stripped of the right to do so. Furthermore, you would think that because they’ve been given the opportunity to play for these sports themes that these sports teams would have their best interest at hear, no matter the cost. Well its constantly proven that this isn’t the case, these high school students are being set up into believe that they’re recruitment to play their sport at a University is a guaranteed spot to be drafted into the Professional league. According to the NCAA the range of those to get drafted into the Major Leagues ranges from 0.9% to 1.6% in basketball and football. In other words of the thousands of high school athlete players that get recruited to play in the college division with the hopes of being drafted into the national league their chances are very slim to none of that happens to them. With the amount of competition nationwide between top players, the possibility of being injured an either never playing sports again or being removed from your sports team. Many of these students are told a lie of great benefits and easy lifestyle it would be for them “When they go pro” but  no one bothers to tell them the reality of it all and what it means or the amount of effort that is needed to obtain many life goals. These teams lack of informing their players of what really to expect whether in college, their new lives, and dreams is what contributes to their downfalls. How can you expect anyone to not be surprised or even experienced adversity when they’re brought into an environment that they’re not used to? Lastly, teaching these players to have back up plans is another great concept to introduce to their players because you never know what the future holds and in the cases in which they can no longer be an athlete, having a steady back up plan will not only ensure success while at the University, but would also allow them to expand their options and interest to better themselves.

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