By Jeremy McDonald
Going back to a prior question I have a few day’s ago: How important are Junior College/Community College Athletic’s in area’s like Southern Oregon?
This time I’m looking at it in terms of Opportunities to play.
Having, or creating, athletic programs in these two-years obviously allows athlete’s to play at the next level. As I mention in Part one, it allows athlete’s to get a taste of college by allowing them to mature mentally, physically and academically.
By creating opportunities at the community college level, they allow this to happen. They allowing these student-athlete’s to come-of-age of sorts by letting them go there first to catch up, or give them the opportunity if they want to go that route instead (monetary or personal reasons).
I have spoke with athlete’s who said that it was probably the best choice for them to go. It allowed them to build into the athlete they want to be, to give the coaches at the four-year level a second look at them if they passed over him or her the first time.
For others, the opportunity to play at the junior college level allowed them to experience college sports that they can not otherwise experience if they went to straight to the four-year level or to taste what is college sports before going to the four-year level.
Some players said from what I’ve heard that they should’ve gone to the four-year level for whatever reason it might’ve been. But the overall consensus was that they were not ready for what the four-year had offer because they couldn’t handle to pressure at that level.
Long story short, the community-college level creates the opportunity to mature in all faucets of a student-athlete at the college level while introducing what, for most of these student-athlete’s, what is ahead of them at the four-year level. It is a bridge of high school to the four-year colleges
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Jeremy McDonald is a professional sports journalist in the Salem/Portland area and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalist in Oregon and B.S. degrees from Southern Oregon University in Journalism and Health/PE in 2011 and 2013. Got a story idea? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @J_McDonald81.