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Costello 1 Zach Costello Composition 1 Erik Hanson 11/30/12 Sports Through the Years I have een pla!

ing sports since I starte" school an" no#$ as a %unior in high school$ I have seen ho# things change each !ear& 'eople stop going out (or sports$ others speciali)e$ an" some o( us continue to pla! all the sports #e can& I have seen ma%or changes in sports (rom preschool$ to elementar!$ to %unior high$ an" then to high school& The same tren"s can e seen to continue into college sports an" even into pro(essional sports& *e(ore even entering preschool #e coul" pla! t+ all in the summer& ,ll the ki"s pla!e" then$ pro a l! ecause our parents #ante" us to an" also ecause ever!one else "i"& It #as the time #hen #e #ere (irst trul! meeting the ki"s that #oul" e in our class or the gra"es a ove us$ an" a ove all else$ it #as (un& In elementar!$ at least #here I #ent$ #e coul" pla! soccer starting in kin"ergarten& Soccer #as pla!e" ! oth o!s an" girls together$ an" almost ever!one seeme" to pla!& I can remem er practice outsi"e a(ter school& -e #oul" all #alk to the (airgroun"s a couple locks (rom the school$ an" it #as so much (un ecause #e #ere #ith all o( our (rien"s$ not %ust those o( the same gen"er& -e all pla!e" soccer until aroun" (ourth gra"e$ #hen ever!one starte" pla!ing asket all (or the (irst time& It took over as the main sport that ever!one #ante" to go out (or instea" o( soccer& T+ all change" to ase all (or the o!s an" so(t all (or the girls aroun" secon" gra"e& This #as the (irst time that #e #ere all split up "ue to #hether #e #ere a o! or girl& Each !ear throughout elementar!$ more an" more o!s an" girls stoppe" pla!ing ase all an"

Costello 2 so(t all in the summer& In (i(th gra"e (all sports starte" (or us& .oot all (or the o!s an" volle! all (or the girls& Ever! o! in m! class #ent out (or (oot all that !ear ecause #e all #ante" to e %ust like those gu!s that #e #atche" on .ri"a! nights an" that #e #atche" on T/ on Sun"a!s& 0unior high #as the (irst time that participation in sports change" an" #hen our per(ormance in the sports #as e1pecte" to go up e1ponentiall!& The (irst sport that #e coul" pla! as seventh gra"ers #as (all (oot all& I am prett! sure that #e #ent (rom ever! o! out to aroun" 2 or 10& It #as a ig "eal (or us ecause #e #ere starting to (in" out #ho #e #oul" e pla!ing #ith (or the rest o( our school careers& I sa! that our per(ormance ha" to get much etter ecause %ust going (rom elementar! to %unior high$ the game got much (aster an" #e ha" to remem er more& 3ur pla!s ha" to e e1ecute" etter$ our locking ha" to e etter$ an" #e ha" to e (aster& In %unior high$ #inter sports are a split season& *e(ore Christmas reak is #restling an" a(ter that is asket all& This allo#s ki"s t#o !ears to "eci"e #hat the! #ant to "o in high school (or a (ull season& *asket all #as %ust like (oot all& -e lost a (e# gu!s ut not as much as in (oot all an" again$ #e ha" to per(orm much etter& 0unior high #as also the (irst time that #e ha" the chance to pla! in a spring sport& -e #ere intro"uce" to track an" (iel"& 4ost o( us that ha" een out (or a sport so (ar #ent out (or track in or"er to tr! it out since it #as ne#& Eighth gra"e #ent the same as seventh& -e lost a (e# more ki"s in each sport an" the stan"ar"s #ere raise"& 5inth gra"e rought #ith it the (irst summer o( re6uire" #eightli(ting an" S,7 8strength$ agilit!$ 6uickness9 (or (oot all& .oot all starte"$ an" still starts$ at the eginning o( ,ugust in high school #hich #as 6uite a it "i((erent (rom an!time e(ore #hen it starte" a #eek a(ter school "i"& -e sa# one or t#o gu!s "rop out$ ut (or the most part #e #ere "o#n to the gu!s that #ere going to see it through to the en"& It #as a gigantic step (or#ar" (rom %unior high

Costello 3 (oot all& -e #ere all (aster an" stronger than ever& -e ha" to e in or"er to compete at that level& 3ur coach e1pecte" ever!thing to e crisp an" 6uick& I( there #as a (um le$ #e #oul" run& I( #e #eren:t hustling$ #e #oul" "o up+"o#ns& I( #e #eren:t pa!ing attention$ #e #oul" "o more up+"o#ns& It #as so "i((erent (rom an!thing #e ha" "one previousl!& ,ll o( this #e still "o ! the #a!& -inter sports arrive" an" (or the (irst time #e ha" to pick et#een #restling an" asket all& I chose asket all$ as I ha"n:t #restle" since thir" gra"e$ ut some o( the gu!s that ha" al#a!s een on the asket all team chose #restling& It #as #eir" to not have them on the court #ith the rest o( us$ ut #e %ust ha" to accept it like ever!thing else that ha" change"& Track came ne1t #hich #as asicall! the same ut #e ha" to e much (aster an" there #as a lot more running$ plus it starte" earlier than in %unior high& *ase all came$ an" #ith it came a lot less gu!s than ever e(ore& 'articipation (or m! gra"e ha" gone (rom a out 12 to ; %ust coming to high school all& Ever! !ear since (reshman !ear has re6uire" more an" more commitment to each sport as #ell as competitiveness& 5o#$ as a varsit! pla!er$ I have taken another leap (or#ar" an" even more is e1pecte" o( me& There gets to e 6uite a it o( pressure #hen I pla! sports !ear roun"& College sports o viousl! ring another huge %ump in stan"ar"s$ commitment$ an" time& 3nl! a (e# ever make it to that level o( pla!$ #hich sho#s the tren" in people "ropping sports as the! get ol"er& 3nl! a out 3< o( high schoolers make it to the 5C,, to pla! asket all$ =< (or ase all$ an" ;< in oth (oot all an" soccer& 'ro(essional sports are even more cra)!$ #ith an o(( season o( ma! e t#o months "epen"ing on the sport& .or a college pla!er in the 5C,, to go pro(essional !ou have to e e1tremel! goo"& , out 1< o( college asket all pla!ers make it to the pros$ %ust 2< (or (oot all an" soccer$ ut ase all goes up to 2&>< 8collegesportsscholarships&com9&

Costello > ,ll in all$ there are tren"s that (ollo# pla!ing sports through ever! classi(ication$ an" there are some things uni6ue to each one as #ell& 'eople get tire" o( it an" 6uit$ the (ocus gets put more on #inning than having (un$ an" stan"ar"s greatl! increase& 3ur e1pecte" commitment to sports is almost put over our e"ucation& I have e1perience" these (irsthan" since I have pla!e" sports !ear roun" (or almost 12 !ears&

Costello ; -orks Cite" "PERCENTAGE CHANCE OF PLAYING NCAA COLLEGE SPORTS." Collegesportsscholarships.com. College Sports Scholarships, n.d. Web. 07 Dec. 2012. http://www.collegesportsscholarships.com/percentage-high-school-athletes-ncaacollege.htm