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Posted on March 15, 2015 11:19 pm
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JuNuBy
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Baseball Parent
I have a student who is really involved in baseball. He repeatedly does not bring in his homework and tells me he does not have time because he has baseball practice and games every night. When I spoke to his parents, they told me baseball was his passion and his dream and they supported that. They said they would work on the homework issue. It has been three weeks since I had that conversation and nothing has changed. How can I stress to this child's parents that education should be a priority above baseball and how important it is to complete and submit his homework each week in a more effective way.
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted October 2, 2015 3:38 pm

uWaQyr
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Try to explain to the student and parents that without the proper grades in high school then the student will not be playing at all. Try and break this kind of thinking now and get the parents on your side. Putting time away for the student to do hw in the classroom only take other learning time away from the student. If the student goes to an after school program then ask the parents to ask those counselors to have him to his hw there before he goes home. There is time in between school and baseball and it needs to be stressed that is the time hw should be done. Also, show the parents the grades without homework and how it affects his school work and grades.
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ymuXyg
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Yes, let them understand that without the grades there will be no baseball later on in his school life. This will make a change for sure. Great suggestion!
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Solution 2
Posted October 4, 2015 11:26 pm

eDuMez
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If it is a school baseball team, I would try to have a conference with the student, student's parents, and baseball coach. Form an agreement of homework hours during this time. Perhaps have a special "HWK CHART" for the student and reward system to motivate him.
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Solution 3
Posted March 16, 2015 1:55 am

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Many teams have specific requirements for study hours. If your school's team has specified times for the student athletes to work on homework, have the student come to you during that time (if you are still at school). I have also found talking to the coach can have a big impact. Lastly, while I do not support letting him off the hook for the work he needs to do, maybe consider giving him extra time to complete his work on days that he has a game.
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Solution 4
Posted October 18, 2015 2:41 pm

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I would set up a parent teacher conference with both his parents, to include the studentís guidance counselor and all of his subject matter teachers to include his baseball coach. I would stress to the Parents importance of the students education. In doing that I would also have the baseball coach inform the parents that without good grades he will not be able to participate in intramural sports.
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Solution 5
Posted October 15, 2015 3:27 pm

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This would be a very straightforward approach, but I would do the research on the odds (percentages) of any player making it to the Major League system. I am assuming that is his goal, as well as his parents. I have done the research before, and though I can't quite remember the numbers, it was a sobering statistic. Unfortunately baseball has become a big business, and it's not just a game for fun anymore. Also, google John Smoltz's Baseball Hall of Fame acceptance speech from earlier this year. In it, he deals with this issue, and does a great job with it. Share this with the family, or your whole class. Everyone needs a back up plan, and education is the key.
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Solution 6
Posted July 11, 2016 3:18 am

yGapeW
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Try to reach out to the coach. Coaches are usually very supportive when it comes to a kids academics. See if there is a way for them to have a set schedule that involves baseball and homework.
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Solution 7
Posted March 9, 2016 9:12 pm

aZyLeq
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I think that you should break down the child's grades into a report that shows that the lack of school work is resulting in a failing grade. Then recommend all the ways that the child can improve their grade. If the baseball team is a school related team then I would talk to the coach and the athletic director. Students are simply Student-Athletes means they are students first. If they are not related then request a meeting with the parents again. Have the principal, guidance counselor, and social worker present. With this show of force, the parents might see that their child is in need of intervention.
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Solution 8
Posted October 4, 2017 12:26 am

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I would simply explain to the parent that if his grades are dropping and nothing changes he could possible have to repeat the grade because he's not getting anything done. Yes, baseball and extra curricular activities are important, but parents need to learn how to be parents and school comes first.
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Solution 9
Posted October 9, 2017 8:56 pm

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I would explain to the parents that without school he may not have a chance to succeed in baseball. Most players do not go straight to the major league and grade are important for college players. He must learn how to better manage his time now or he will not have an easy time in the future.
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Solution 10
Posted October 12, 2017 3:20 am

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For the child to participate in sports, he will need good grades to stay on the roster. The parents should set the same standards they have for baseball with the child's homework
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