This is a tough time in a high school student's life when they are forced to stop playing sports because they are going off to college. Many seniors who go off to college don't plan on playing sports at the college of their choice. In college, however, there are pick-up games for sports like basketball and baseball, but for sports like swimming and wrestling there are not going to be any more meets or matches. This must make a huge impact on the life of a kid who knows they are done with a game they grew up with or a game they may have just picked up a little while ago. The question is, how is their life going to alter? They have those countless hours now to fill instead of practice. What has resulted from those countless hours?
I asked a couple of seniors about not playing sports. Brendan Gilday said, "It doesn't hit you until you realize it's all over." Jack Carson said, "It felt weird the weekend after my last practice. I thought about going to the weight room to stay in condition for next season, and then I realized, there is no next season." Both these seniors are wrestlers. Going off to college is a big stepping stone in a kid's life and sadly some of the kids have to leave behind a childhood of sports and find something new.