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Pros And Cons Of Going Pro After High School

Some people show excellence in their high school sports team and everyone advises them to go professional. A professional career in sports is quite rewarding and may lead to many opportunities for the young athletes or players. Although the decision to go professional after high school or to progress to college is often a big one, there are both upsides and downsides to the issue. These are some of the Pros and Cons surrounding a professional athlete. 


1. Time

People in professional teams receive a great deal of teaching both before and after their practice sessions. Although you get a good education in college, it might hinder your ability to excel in the sports. For example, your time in the gym and on the field is limited in college but you can practice however you want when playing for a professional squad. The players will get a great deal of time to hone their craft while playing alongside some of the best players in the country. 

2. Seek a professional contract

Your first contract as a player will be for first-rounders and will largely test your skills first before you get a full contract with the professional team. Going to a professional team will help you get straight to the salary system. Going to college first will make you miss out on four years of learning how professional sports are played and other intricate details involved. The second contract will often be the big money contract where you solidify your career in the game. 

3. Money

The primary reason for going to college is to get a better education which enhances your ability to get more money. However, if you were exemplary in high school then it might be easier for you to forego college and go straight to being paid. 


1. Lack of maturity

Anyone who comes from college and seeks to go straight to professional sports is likely to be physically and mentally immature. Most of the other players are older and will engage in adult activities such as partying after games which the younger players are not allowed. This arrangement also presents numerous challenges to the young player. The other teammates are not the age of the young athlete and do not understand what the player might be going through. 

2. Difficulty in adjustment

The work ethic required to make it in the big leagues is not often discussed and the young player will be shocked at the amount of input required of them. These players have been the highlight of their team but are suddenly not the strongest of fastest in their new professional capacities. The huge adjustment is often difficult for most and might prompt them to quit playing. 

3. Dealing with fame

Good players often get recognized pretty quickly. Furthermore, you are likely to get a big money contract if you show how indispensable you are to your team. Knowing who your real friends are at this time may be a difficult task. 

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