Millions across the country are avid fans of college sports. The NCAA and the UAAP seasons are the most awaited athletic events of the year. Not only do they provide the opportunity to watch an exciting game, but viewers also get a glimpse of the players who will soon join the ranks of our national and professional teams.
Unfortunately, college athletics don’t receive enough support and attention. At E-sports, we’re big fans of college sports. Here are a couple of suggestions that could very well benefit college sports, its many talented players and the country’s regional and international athletic endeavors.
1.) Equal exposure for all sporting events
While it’s great that college basketball and volleyball games are nationally televised, we think that other sports (e.g. football, baseball, tennis, etc.) should receive more TV coverage. Some might argue that there’s less interest in these other sports, but we think that national TV exposure will encourage the growth of a fan base.
Airing the games on national TV, and reporting them in national news and mainstream online will provide people the opportunity to learn about the game and its players. It might very well spark an interest in less popular sports and create new sports communities where more people can participate.
2.) Active searching for potential athletes throughout the archipelago
For some people, college athletic scholarships are the only way to attend university and become a stepping-stone for a professional sports career. Universities and colleges can expand their search through scouts and agents, similar to what is being done in other countries. At the same time, the universities can also hold regional try-outs in more areas, so that more players can highlight their skills and have the chance to be noticed.
3.) Better sports programs before college
High schools across the archipelago should also create better sports programs for kids. A strong high school sports program enables young players to hone their skills and prepare for the rigor college sports. Of course, it also promotes overall wellness and teaches the value of cooperation and the virtues of perseverance and discipline.
4.) Fully-equipped and customized training facilities
One common complaint in the country is the lack of accessible, high-quality facilities that young athletes can use to develop their skills. Sports centers that are designed for multi-purpose use are sometimes not built for competition-level games.
Schools and universities should invest in building safe, well-designed and durable facilities that comply with professional and competition-grade standards. A well-planned facility can have amenities and equipment that enable players to reach peak performance while reducing the chances of accidents, like seamless indoor floors and top-of-the-line gym equipment efficiently integrated with the latest technology.
5.) Sports nutrition and complete wellness programs for athletes
Wellness isn’t just about physical performance, but also about nutrition and mental well-being. For young athletes to achieve peak performance, it’s important for schools to provide more information on the importance of a proper diet, and the support for mental health, especially in highly competitive environments. Sports programs in schools should consider a holistic approach that includes nutrition and mental health.
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