When is Enough too Much? Student Overachievement

Students searching for balance in the Mad jungle of ACT, SAT, APs, & sports

Now that school is coming to a close, I just had to let u know it aint  (I’m sorry it’s not – my wife-n-daughter will kill me if I don’t say it right) easy when u r the dumbest in the house.  Proud to say my daughter just walked in and told me she just got her report card in one of toughest privates where I live…she pulled off a 4.4 I think? Yea, I said a 4.4 and I’m not talkin about her 40 time. Having a kid sittin with a 3.5 @ Cornell playin ball & daughter with 4.4 runnin track, & a wife who was a valedictorian.  I think I spelled it right? I proud to say I offer the balance to keep them a lil stupid so they have uncommon sense and street smarts! Just like my wife’s genes slow them down when performing (she couldn’t run or jump). She rode horses growin up, so the horses were the athletes, since they did all of the work;I keep’em thinkin b4 they speak. Ok that’s a lie LOL. 

Seriously, we have to remind my daughter to focus on enjoying learning.  Sometimes her friends or teachers think my wife & I are driving for perfection with our daughter. Honestly, I did well in school but I had no problem staying home when I needed a break from studying or long nights writing. My wife had the perfect attendance, not me :-) .  She’ll kill me 4 tellin u guys that. LOL That’s why we blog! SHHHH our secret.

Let’s talk shop! I have aspiring student-athletes kids that I train that go to 6:30 weights with the fall sport group, have 4 AP classes, play a spring sport, take ACT/SAT prep, try to work a little and get commuity service credits in the spare time! What spare time? What do I do in those cases…I typically tell them they can’t work it with my groups and tell them to keep their $$$. Why? Because it’s not about the $$$. I can’t get results and most importantly it’s breaking the kid down (fatigue & obsession) .  On the other extreme we’ve had kids that really aren’t into working out that take music lessons, leadership classes, 4 APs, martial arts, gymnastics and are training to make the HS team to round out their resume for colleges in the future. They may not event like sports.  We give them their $$ money there as well! Why?  The kids either breaking down because they aren’t used to training and fitness or the family is apathetic to   workouts so the kid misses workouts often cancelling for sniffles, a family dinner with Uncle Bob, or recital practice. 

At the higher levels (college/pro) , that’s another story we’ll talk about that another time!

The bottom line, in our house & in the business, a student-athlete can’t get sleep or performance starts to suffer everywhere.  Something has got to go!

I’d love to hear your stories about students or student-athletes on the edge!

Catch A Dream

Coach Nick

About askcoach

A Former student-athlete, performance trainer, inventor, public speaker and businessman, Coach Nick dedicated himself to help other student-athletes transform their lives before, during and after sports. To ensure student-athletes and their families use sports instead of sports using them. Coach Savage has trained or spoken nationally to thousands of student-athletes and coaches. As the inventor of the Savage Hill, Coach Nick has trained some of the top teams in the nation. He continues to fight for kids opportunities to achieve through sports and beyond.
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26 Responses to When is Enough too Much? Student Overachievement

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      Dear Cajaro:

      I’m glad I’m back in town and back at my seat. Unfortunately, I wish it was about whining or vetting. I just tried to personalize it. You are right I’ve got a hectic schedule servicing the student-athletes otherwise I would’ve responded earlier. I usually go face to face, so I’m new in this arena. I’ve got about 1,000 kids I have to work with personally. This is such a bigger subject to me than a 1 time blog. Things have changed in the 15 years I’ve consulting and training. Unfortunately it’s not about me or fishing for interest/traffic, parent expectations and kids aren’t as real as they used to be — the message the word BALANCE has gone into the past for many. You can still specialize or do multiple things but you gotta keep it REAL. Many I train don’t have a clue what it takes or the sacrifice to become a D1 athlete, pro, or chase big time success and neither do their parents. So they just push the hell out of them in every area thinking throwing time at everything will make something stick — which makes the Jack of All Trades, Master of None. For example, I just met with a client that wants to run D1 Track in college in their final year; Guess what, they have a chance – they are State Champs, but they (the parents) & the kid are confused as their son sits on JV football. Which would you do? Keep playin ball or get ready for track to get your scholarship? My point you can’t have it all – make a choice. What were you looking for? sometimes it’s just not complicated…Did you play or do you have kids?

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