Attending high school online can be beneficial for any student, but the mode of education is especially advantageous for high-school athletes. Here are some of the benefits that online education offers students who have expectations of playing sports at the next level and even professionally.
Spend More Time in Practice
Many online high school programs let students complete much of their coursework individually, and this makes it possible to condense coursework. Students can study material until they understand it and then be finished with that coursework. There is no need to continue sitting through a class if they've already mastered the content.
When students are able to quickly complete coursework, they're able to spend more time on the field, court or other sport's surface. The additional practice time adds up over the days, weeks, months and years spent in high school -- and it could give athletes the edge they need to succeed at the next level.
Travel to National and International Competitions
When high school coursework is done online, students can complete their work from anywhere that has an internet connection. The flexibility allows high school athletes to attend national and international competitions without missing any academic material.
High school athletes usually have to compete in national and/or international competitions if they want to have a chance at the collegiate or professional level. They need the experience of competing against other top athletes in their sport.
Also, scouts for higher-level teams often attend national and international competitions. If athletes aren't in these competitions, they're unlikely to be noticed by a team that would otherwise draft or recruit them.
Accelerate High School
For students who want to move onto the next level of athletics as quickly as possible, sometimes online high school degrees can be earned in less than the traditional four years.
Students may be able to work harder than average, and thus finish courses on an accelerated schedule. Additionally, some online high schools offer classes year-round. Attending school during the summer, when traditional high schools suspend classes, can greatly reduce how many years a degree takes.
By finishing high school in less than four years, athletes can move onto the next level faster. A young athlete's body will only be able to perform at the highest level for a certain amount of time. Moving up in level of competition as quickly as possible maximizes that time and keeps them on the path to success.