Monday, May 7, 2012

What You Have To Give Up VS What You Gain by Playing College Basketball

Sports lovers around the nation are always debating whether or not college athletes should get paid for playing for their respective teams. After all, many of them at the top do make their colleges millions of dollars each year in revenue. Why shouldn't they get a taste?

That topic is another debate however, and the subject that I would like to focus on is what you have to give up and what you gain when playing college basketball - because as of right now, nobody is getting paid to play (at least legitimately).

What You Give Up
Playing college basketball is tough. It's like a 9-5 job, except you are up early in the morning doing exhausting physical training instead of sitting at your computer or behind a desk at some office job. And as mentioned before, you aren't getting paid for it.

After practice (and most colleges have at least some type of shoot around at some point during the semester in the morning) you have to go to class all day long, for which you will be very very tired. You can sometimes find yourself being too exhausted to study.

Luckily however, most colleges keep the majority of their physical activity after class. That being said, you are going to spend most of your days on campus and not at home. For this reason, one of the main things you are going to have to give up is your TIME.

This includes time with friends, times with girlfriends, and times at all the hangout spots, and to some extent time to study for your classes (although you can get some major studying done if you take study hour absolutely serious). You are most definitely giving up any time that you might have for a job.

One of the major things that is going to take up a lot of that time is traveling with the team. Imagine traveling across the state or across the country at least once a week. You spend some mighty long hours on busses with cramped up legs and in odd sleeping positions. You will have to get used to studying on the Bus and have self-control not to divulge in terrible eating and sleeping habits when you are traveling so far.

What You Gain
Many people that have played college basketball for four years will tell you that all of the long hours were worth it. Even players that play at small schools enjoy the benefits of playing at college for many many years.

Even though you think you aren't getting paid, you really are a lot of the times with scholarships and a free education. One that many non-student-athletes will have to pay interest on for many years after their graduation.

One of the best benefactors (besides staying in wicked shape for four years straight) is the job opportunities that playing college basketball, and other college sports, can open up for you whether you are looking for careers at Huntingdon Life Sciences or you are trying to get a career in Internet Marketing. Business owners love competitors, and the fact that you can put down that you played college basketball on your resume will impress a lot of people that are hiring.

Overall, it's all about the experience. If you love it, then you gain a whole lot more than just material things and indirect benefits, and if you hate it, well then maybe you shouldn't do it. In the end, making the choice to play college basketball will be strictly up to you.

BIO: This article was written by Philip Rudy. Philip Played basketball at a small NAIA college in southeast Michigan and gained much from his experiences. In his spare time he likes to guest post and talk about sports on the Internet.

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