Tomorrow, we will be watching Jack Sock on television playing at the US Open...
I think that sentence in itself speaks volumes about his tennis ability...
So, I am not knocking him by writing this,
but I think there is enough stress on high school tennis kids
without a parent thinking to themselves....
Oh, Jack Sock WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL AND IS AN AMAZING PLAYER.
Why not my kid?
(Quotes are taken from different news articles)
"Sock estimates that he has missed “35 or 36” days of school this semester —
even more than last semester, when he attended the first days of classes,
but then left for 18 days straight to play in a tournament."
"Jack's tennis schedule was so heavy last fall and winter,
he missed more school than he attended when the high school season arrived in March. "
At my son's school, you may not leave before 4:00 pm even if you were in the Junior Olympics...
You are allowed to miss 10 days of school a year,
and not a day more ( so flu, stomach virus, surgeries, funerals, have to fit into ten days).
"State association guidelines mandate a minimum enrollment in five classes.
Sock currently takes six, including:
Marketing and Rec Team Sports. "
Now compare with other high school juniors course load:
( and yes, this varies, but is representative of many kids)
AP Calc or AP Statistics
AP Chem or AP Bio or AP Physics
Honors Spanish IV
AP US Gov
And, at my son's school, if you play on your high school school tennis team, you may not miss practice. Period.
If you choose to use part of your ten days above to play the Easter Bowl,
well you can't... because you can't miss the high school tennis team practice.
I think Jack Sock's high school experience is an anomaly.
Last edited by tennis5 : 09-01-2011 at 04:22 PM.