The presentation will focus on analyzing the educational implications of sports seasons for children focusing on two main ideas:
-A learning process of 2-3 months does not allow for an enriching and effective experience. Significant learning cannot be achieved in that time, therefore making sports seasons a mere rushed preparation for a tournament in which what is reflected is not the learning that happens at schools, but mostly from students practice outside the school community.
-As an educational community we have come to the agreement that student choice and agency is capital for student engagement and success in the classroom. Furthermore, when we are talking about extra curricular activities that students do in their own time, recognizing their right to practice the activity of their choice is a matter of respect to their own rights as individuals. Allowing students to practice their preferred sports for only a limited part of the year is denying them of their own right to choose what they want to do in their own time.
Other aspects such as the dichotomy between teams and clubs, management of resources, or management of practice loads will also be addressed.
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Job Role Applicability:
- Athletic Directors
- Middle School [Age 11 - 13]
- High School [Age 14 - 17]