In the past, student-athletes who did not meet the old sliding scale were not eligible to practice or compete in their first year of college. This allowed them time to develop their academic skills and work on their grade-point average without the distraction of practicing with their teams. Some students successfully argued that not begin able to practice their sport created separation and distance from their new teammates. These students argued that not being able to practice created more stress that it relieved. Student-athletes lobbied for and won the ability to participate in practice activities in their first year of college. Now it is possible for student-athletes with a high school grade-point average between 2.0 and 2.29, and a corresponding SAT/ACT score on the sliding scale, to practice, but not compete the first year in college.
This means that time management is more important than ever. Student-athletes in general, but Academic Redshirts in particular, must develop excellent time management skills to be successful. Let’s look at the numbers:
Activity Minimum Time Required per Week
Attend Class 15 hours
Study for Class 45 hours 3 hours for every class hour [3 X 15]
Practice Activities 20 hours
Additional Weight Training 5 hours
Sleep 35 hours 5 hours per night [5 X 7]
Total 120 hours = 3 full time jobs
Use your campus resources and develop excellent time management skills immediately so you don’t fall behind. Best of luck this year!