NCAA drug testing

The NCAA has some holes in their drug testing policies and procedures. I myself had been drug tested by the NCAA twice while competing in college athletics. One of the major issues that I see in the NCAA drug testing is that there is not a set in stone list of banned substance. Another issue is see is that it hardly catches cheaters. The NCAA only comes to a certain campus a couple times a year. This means that athletes can be doping in between tests and cycling off the drugs or using cleansers to get clean quick to not fail the test. I have heard of athletes doing this on certain campuses and teams and it works and they don’t get caught. I would like the NCAA to fix these loopholes in the implemented system. A way to fix it is that the NCAA and every NCAA campus has to work together. Because the NCAA can’t administer many drug tests frequently then the campus needs to drug test there athletes. The athletes need to be drug tested monthly and all results be turned into the NCAA. I believe this will be the only way to stop the PED’s and drug use in college athletics.


The truth about Participation Trophies

Youth organize athletics and participation trophies seem to go hand in hand in today’s society. Should children be rewarded for just showing up? In my opinion no. I do not think there is any reason for participation trophies in today’s youth athletics. Giving a child a trophy for just showing up is setting them up for failure later in life. When you give something to a child they didn’t work hard for, didn’t technically earn, you are telling that child that just because they are there that is good enough. We as a society today are creating an entitled generation. The New York Times published an article that stated participation trophies are diminishing the value of winning. I could not agree more, we are rewarding every child not just the winner, because we don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. I’m sorry, but in life you are going to get your feeling hurt, there is someone that will be better at something than you, there are winners and losers and that is just how life works. Parents, coaches and organizers don’t want to see the child fail, and I have a hard time with that.  The reason is because we all fail, we all fall short off things that we have set out to do, and we need to know how to handle those times. We need to teach children that failure is okay, because of some of our greatest failure come our greatest victories. When we learn how to except failure we learn how to work harder, be motivated, show determination, and learn from our mistakes and misfortunes. By giving participation trophies we are robbing the young generation on necessary life skills they will need throughout their life.

Straight to Pro?

Should professional athletes be forced to go to college for a certain amount of time before entering the professional league is the question up for debate tonight. I had to think hard about what side I really was for with this topic. I was undecided until I did some more research on the topic and came to my conclusive stance on the topic. I believe the athletes should be made to go to college before entering their professional careers. I know, I hear the other side of this already, what if they get hurt, they are missing out on money, lives may change and they never end up playing pro. I have thought about the other opinion on this topic and I still stand firm with athletes going to college first. First off athletes coming out of college have no idea what kind of world they are getting themselves into. Young athletes fresh out of high school are seventeen to eighteen years old. They are still very impressionable and not responsible, and you want to hand them hundreds of thousands of dollars and expect them to be responsible with the money and their lifestyle. Going to college will give these young impressionable athletes a time to become responsible and actually grow up. These athletes will learn to become part of a team at their respective college and be given a chance to further their athletic careers by training in college. Athletes will learn how to manage stress, timelines, schedules, and how to deal with adversity all while using information they can use when their professional careers are over. An article by ESPN states that there is less than 3000 on field jobs between basketball, football and baseball. Many young athletes overestimate their talents and under estimate how unlikely it is they will make it big in the pros as stated by an article by Inside Higher Learning. Only 1.6 percent of DI football athletes make it to the NFL and only 1.2 percent of DI basketball players make it to the NBA.    One big reason I stand for the act of athletes attending college before going pro is because they can use the knowledge acquired at college to be success after their pro careers. You hear so many stories about professional athletes careers ending and having no real world marketable skills or knowledge to succeed and end up broke.

Performance Enhancing Drugs and the Hall Of Fame

One of the biggest controversies in sports is the use of steroids. It especially pertains to the Major League Baseball. Every so often there is allegations of certain players using performance enhancing drugs to cheat their way into the history books. Some of the most remembered names when thinking of performance enhancing drugs in the MLB is Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa. Those three have all been linked to using PED’s while playing in the MLB, and have collected many records during their time in the MLB. Now the big question is, should players that have used PED’s be in the Hall of Fame? That question will spark different controversies across the nation. Yes, they are some of the most decorated players that have ever stepped foot on a baseball diamond, but how good would if they of been without using performance enhancers. That is a question we will never know. My opinion is that in today’s world and how the hall of fame is constructed today, no they should not be inducted. They should not have the fame and glory of being on a list of names of the greatest players to ever play. To be listed with players that did it the right way, that used their God given talents and work ethic to get the recognition of their play. It would be a down right atrocity to have any player that has tested positive for any PED to be inducted. For one reason, what is that telling the generation of players todays and future generations of players? Do we allow society to think that it’s alright to cheat? To cut corners to get recognition? To use alternative methods instead of work ethic?

If in the future the HOF decides to make a separate category of the hall of fame that is for known PED users I would be for it. The section of the HOF would be only available to known users. I believe that would be the only fair way for induction of PED users the HOF.


Is Cheer a Sport?!

Is cheerleading a sport? That was the question being debated tonight during our class debate time. First off, there was a lot of very good points arguing against and for if cheerleading is a sport, and what defines competitive cheer. Personally I do think that cheerleading is a sport when it is in a competitive atmosphere.  Cheerleading involves stuns, tumbling and dancing.  The cheerleading that is performed on the sideline or at half time at a high school or college sporting event is not in my eyes a sport. That is because there is nothing that is actually being scored or critiqued during these performances. Sideline cheer does not involve the level of athleticism or difficulty of moves that competitive cheer has. Sideline cheer squares are at sporting events for entertainment purposes and being an embassitor of their school only. 

Cheerleading is a very dangerous and physically demanding athletic event that deserves to get the name as a sport. According to AAP 66 percent of catastrophic injuries in high school females over the past 25 years was from cheerleading. There was a lot of arguments that agreed with my opinion tonight, and no one really defended that sideline cheer was a sport. And it seemed to be that everyone agreed that competitive cheer because it can be scored and has rules and regulations. There is a scoring system in place to judge the competitive cheer squads. There are boundaries and time restrictions on the cheer performance. Competitive cheerleading recently has been recognized by the Olympic committee as a sport, so I believe that the NCAA and state organizations should see it as one also.