Monday, August 15, 2011

High Schooler Not Running In High School

I was on vacation a few weeks ago and running on a trail taking in the sites when I saw this young girl running with an older man next to her on a bicycle. Later on that evening I decided to visit the local running store and mentioned my experience on the trail. I was told that the girl was thirteen and very talented (17 minute 5k talented!). I was also told that she was not going to run for a high school team.

Being from Illinois and spending the last year not getting to watch Lukas Verzbicas running on Illinois soil I started to think. What are the pros and cons of not participating for your local high school? Now LV was not able to compete because of archaic Illinois rules, but this girl I ran by is choosing not to run for her high school. How will she benefit and how will she suffer?

1. Don't have to race two to three times a week.
2. Have individual coaching that focuses only on you.
3. Can travel around the country competing in high school, college, or pro races.
4. Can receive sponsorship and money (if you don't want to run college either).
5. Have practice at a time that's most convenient for you.

1. No team to work with and socialize with.
2. No State Championships and recognition.
3. Possible outcasting from peers for not being part of their team.

What do you think? What other pros or cons can you think of?

1 comment:

Dag Helland said...

I think she should join the team. Reason is that girls more than boys are social animals. They can be trained / pushed by their dad until around 14 years of age, then it is their peers who decide which route they take in life. So unless she is unusually commited to running, she will quit competing on a non-team bandwagon.
My thoughts Dag Helland-Hansen, coaching girls in Norway among them two of my daughters.