The transition from high school to college is seen as a milestone in a person’s life. You are leaving home, gaining new freedoms, but also gaining new responsibilities. People talk about the hours of homework and studying and the countless assignments that they encounter in their first semester of college. Now imagine all of that, and having to work it around a three-hour practice everyday.
Blake Skuratowicz, class of ’16, is now a freshman on the football team at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, PA. He says the time commitment is by far the biggest change from high school sports.
“It makes it that much harder to schedule with professors to meet during their office hours, meet with counselors, and complete all homework assignments,” Skuratowicz said.
On top of a three-hour practice and two-hour mandatory study hall everyday, the team has meetings for about an hour and a half to go over game plans, plays, adjustments and watch film from their practice the day before.
“The time put in is exponentially more than the time in high school, which it should be,” Skuratowicz said.
Kyle Davidson, class of ’15, is a sophomore at the University of Dayton on the softball team can relate Skuratowicz when it comes to the changes experienced when they were adjusting to college.
“The major difference between college and high school is the intensity level and time commitment for sure,” Davidson said.
Davidson saw high school softball as a way to keep working and getting better at the sport, but also a way to learn to be a leader. In terms of actual competition though, she’s not to sure there’s any way to be prepared for division one sports.
“Being a division one athlete is completely different than being a high school athlete... (the level of division one sports) is not the level high school sports are supposed to be at,” Davidson said.
Both Skuratowicz and Davidson saw high school sports as a foundation to perfect their skills and stay competitive, but the commitment of college sports is something that you can’t truly prepare for until you experience it.