By Hugh Preas '18
Recruitment during the high-school admissions process has become somewhat normal. Many schools around the area, especially in the IAC (Interstate Athletic Conference), appear to be doing so even if they will not admit it. The result of this recruiting is the assembly of some of the greatest sports teams in the country. For example, a few lacrosse programs in the IAC are consistently at the top of the national rankings. However, St. Albans does not do nearly as much recruiting as these other schools. St. Albans is most definitely an academic institution first and foremost. This is the exact reason that I came to a place like St. Albans. Unfortunately, however, this has resulted in athletic struggles in most of our sports. Football, basketball, and lacrosse are examples of sports that have struggled to compete and win championships over the past few years.
The issue of recruiting stems from whether the institution would have to increase the class size and lower their academic standards to accommodate these athletes that many people wish to bring in. However, recruiting athletes does not mean we need to do either of those things. One or two students per grade who will be an integral part of two or three teams for three or four years will make all the difference in our athletic program. Basketball, football, wrestling, and lacrosse are sports that would benefit immensely from just a little recruiting. St. Albans prides itself on its willingness to form a connection with its students and its ability to give them all the help they need to reach their academic potential. However, to truly do so, they would need to bring in some more game-changing athletes and help them succeed academically despite the rigor. While some sports at St. Albans do well and have done well for some time, the majority of our teams struggle either with breaking through and winning a championship or even competing with other schools in the league.
In order to compete with other schools in our league, we need to start bringing in more athletes. To do so, we do not need to lower our academic integrity or increase our class size. We just need a couple of people per grade who will not only benefit the institution on the fields but will contribute to the community as a whole. If their academic ability is in question, we need to help them do the work necessary to succeed in the classroom and on the field. Recruiting athletes is not a bad thing. While the right way of doing things may not have included recruiting in the past, nowadays, recruiting is normal and a part of most schools in the area. If we want to save our image athletically, we must recruit a few students per grade, and only then can we be recognized as we used to: an institution great for both academics and athletics.
2/22/2018 06:23:26 pm
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