Houston-area public schools athletic programs
Students can begin their athletic careers or participate in casual sports in any of our Houston (Gulf Coast)-area public school districts. Athletics include more than high school football or basketball. Many options are available to all students as they explore the best physical activity for their individual interests, skills, and talents.
While Texas high school football’s rankings and scores often get the most attention, our other athletic programs are diverse and highly competitive in Houston-area sports. Programs include baseball, softball, men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer, swimming, diving, tennis, track and field, cross country, rowing, water polo, gymnastics, wrestling, cheerleading, yoga, and even fishing! Students participating in Gulf Coast-area athletic programs have often appeared in the Houston Chronicle’s sports articles and highlights. There is something for everyone as countless options for athletics and team sports are offered in our public schools from grades 7-12.
Our Houston public school districts encourage students to participate in athletic programs based on their interests. The school districts provide the programs and resources to offer an unmatched variety of options to our students. The coaches and instructors are trained and often experienced athletes providing unparalleled attention to their student-athletes. All students are welcome to explore an array of activities in order to determine what most suits their individual passions.
There are numerous benefits to developing as a student-athlete. Studies have shown that students who are involved in school sports acquire skills that carry with them off the field and throughout life. Practice, determination, team interaction, discipline, and competition supports students’ development of solid work ethics. They can become self-motivators and leaders.
Student-athletes often have a higher level of physical fitness. According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, athletes are less likely to be overweight and sedentary. Emphasis on health and well-being in athletic programs is expected, and those students are less likely to experiment with drugs and participate in dangerous or risky behavior.
An article from Campus Explorer claims that college applicants who participate in athletic programs have an advantage in the admission process. Colleges review a student’s overall transcript, which includes grades, test scores, and extracurricular activities, in order to get an idea of an applicant’s general well-roundedness and ability to multitask. College applicants can also use their athletic achievements to gain scholarships and begin paths to athletic careers.
Additional benefits to students involved in sports and athletics:
- Students who participate in high school sports learn the benefit of representing their community on and off the field.
- A 2007 Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise study found that students who were active in sports like high school soccer, football and other sports performed 10 percent better in core subjects like math, science, social studies and language arts.
- Student athletes learn that being part of a sports team requires the three P’s … practice, patience and persistence, which translate into important life lessons.
- Physical activities are an extension of a solid educational program. Students who participate in athletic programs tend to have higher grade-point averages, better attendance records, lower dropout rates, and fewer discipline problems than other students.