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Jones 1 Khayla Jones Mrs. V. Garrett ENG 1101 TEAD October 31, 2014 Teens on the right path with sports During this time, most teenagers are trying to figure who they are, who are the people they can depend on, and where they belong in this world. Without guidance from some sort of positive authority, teens can be led down the wrong path. Teens need structure and goals to keep their minds on the right track. Sports can be a great activity to help teens stay on the correct path. It teaches discipline and keeps their minds focused, it is a chance to meet new friends with the same interest, and they will have positive motivators and supporters to help them (Logan n.pag.). Teenagers can get bored very easily when they do not have anything …show more content…

They will also have positive motivation and support from their teammates and coaches (Logan n.pag.). There are several other reasons teens should consider sports during their free time. It will keep them in physical shape, which is a great way to build self-confidence (Logan n.pag.). Athletes are now required to maintain a certain grade point average in school; therefore teens will be focused on their academics (Logan n.pag.). For most teens these reasons for participating in sports has made a positive impact in their lives, but for some it is not guaranteed that sports will keep them out of trouble (Bass n.pag.). Some teens were raised around sports and grew up playing them when they were kids, so it is almost second nature to them. With that in mind, teens can still make bad decisions even while playing sports. Teens will sometimes stick away from their teammates and choose the negative crowd to hang with or some of their teammates are bad influences, causing that teen to interact in mischief with their teammate. A lack of parental support or control can have a negative effect on them. If something is going on with that teen and their coaches, teammates, friends, or some school administrative figure is not there to support them, they only people they have left are their parents or guardians. It is very important for the parents or guardians to be active in their teen’s lives (Bass n.pag.).

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