By Jerry Royster
December 03, 2007
I was disappointed last month when I checked the police report
and saw that two Kayhi athletes were arrested for minor consuming
alcohol. But I was even more disappointed to see the Kayhi varsity
rosters today and read that both athletes had made their respective
I'm not going to tell another parent how to raise their children,
just like I wouldn't expect people to tell me how to raise mine.
So I'll just speak in general terms here and say that in MY opinion,
both the parent s and school administrators should not let these
kids play this season.
To harsh? I don't think so. If a Kayhi athlete is caught drinking
DURING a specific season they are dismissed for the rest of that
sport's season. But they can play any other sport that year that
they want. A few years back an athlete was arrested for selling
drugs and was booted off the baseball team . . . . but a few
months later was allowed to play for the basketball team. During
the same school year.
Does this make sense? Really,
you can be arrested the day before your sport's season starts
and your fine to play the season. But get busted ONE day later
and you have to sit out. Is the crime being committed less of
a crime depending on the date it happened? Is a MCA on November
12th not the same as one on November 13th? We're basically telling
the kids that it's OK to drink or be arrested for whatever charge
as long as it's not during the months that their sport is being
played. That's not the message we should be sending.
I'm involved in the sports community and unfortunately, the majority
of high school varsity athlete parents out there wouldn't make
their child miss a sport's season. Parents get caught up in the
glory and respect and elitism of having a varsity athlete. In
some cases, more so than the athlete even does. They don't want
their children to miss their chance at local stardom, nor do
they want to ruin their own opportunity to be patted on the back
because their kid plays varsity sports.
Back when I was in high school my father's rules were pretty
simple. Get arrested, caught drinking, smoking or doing drugs,
or get a D and I was done for the year. Guess what? Come February
15th at a house party with my buddies and offered a beer, I knew
that if I got caught then come July I'd be sitting in the bleachers
watching my friend's play baseball, rather than being on the
field playing with them. I turned the beer down.
My parents were proud of my athletic accomplishments. But they
were more proud of my academic achievements and my behaviors
off the playing fields and in the real world. They were more
proud that I was never arrested for Minor Consuming Alcohol than
they were that I got my picture in the paper for playing basketball.
When somebody would walk up to my dad and congratulate him on
me making an all-star or varsity team he would quickly respond
"Yes, and he's got a 3.5 gpa average as well".
I can already imagine the responses to this letter. They are
just kids. Everybody does it. They deserve a second chance. They'll
never get another chance to go back and play high school sports.
And that, my friends, is the problem. Having a kid play a high
school sport has become WAY too high of a position on the importance
scale of life. And I'm sure the people involved are great kids.
Smart, kind, great personalities, etc. But the bottom line is
that they chose to do something illegal and were caught by the
police doing it. Varsity athletes are supposed to be role models
for the rest of their peers. Kids that other students can look
up to and aspire to be like. I've got an 8 and a 5 year old and
I don't want them growing up thinking it's OK to get arrested
for drinking in high school. That as long as they don't do it
during their specific sport's season then there will be no punishment
involved from the school.
I'm not saying these kids should go to jail or be expelled or
anything like that. They are just kids, and kids will experiment
and do silly things without thinking of the consequences. I just
think that if you are arrested during a school year, you should
lose your eligibility to play sports during that year. I think
that would make the majority of our high school athlete role
models take a second thought before they drank or used drugs.
Just my personal opinion. I'm interested in other's thoughts
on the matter. Though I hope people can stick to the actual topic
and not resort to name calling or insults like a lot of letter
writers do when they disagree with a topic.
About: "Fan of high school
Received November 30, 2007
- Published December 03, 2007
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