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Old 09-01-2011, 11:54 AM   #11
hound 109
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Thanks for all the comments.

Originally Posted by treeman10 View Post
.... But what has rubbed current juniors and parents wrong is all the hubbubb of him staying in school and playing high school tennis. He was able to do that because of great flexibility with the school - most well performing high schools will not let a student miss so much school (then claim a diploma from there) and most tennis kids have to choose.

Are there not rules to follow in Kansas? In my state, "academy kids" (or any gifted type kid) is allowed to skip PE in HS & leave at (say) 2pm to go train for 3-4 hours. Are you saying that only his school is "flexible"?

Obviously they were very flexible with Jack as seen by his traveling tournament schedule. I know both the public and private high schools in our area would not allow missing so many days.

Since many of the tournaments are in the summer (or over holidays), how many school days did he (would he) miss? My kid missed 4-5 days last year (would have missed more if he went to the Spring Championships, but we chose not to for school & economic reasons) long as it was under 10 days, no problem.

Also you know he wasn't practicing with the team everyday, Monday-Friday which was also a requirement to play on our high school team, and the reason the USTA tournament kids didn't play high school.

That's a pretty dumb school (or coach??) requirement. Not at all a "requirement" in our area.....& nor i guess at Sock's HS.

Sock came in for a match now and then and to get the titles. So basically, Sock had home schooling through his district. Do not think he was sitting in a class everyday.

Again, it is great that he is rockin' it, but don't buy into all the "went to school" hype. It sets unrealistic expectations on everyone else. It is not realistic to think his schedule was anything like a normal high schooler. He was on the courts from 9-3 everyday like every other top player, not sitting in a classroom. And he wasn't practicing with his HS team either. Just making guest appearances.
I doubt he practiced daily with his HS (most 4 star & above players don't)....but are you saying he didn't attend class?

Does anyone else have confirmation that Sock didn't attend HS? (or did he come to school from 8am - 1:30 or 2pm & then go train for a few hours like high level players elsewhere??)


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