May is designated National Physical Fitness and Sports Month by President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. Beyond improving a student’s muscular fitness and bone and heart health, however, studies have shown that participating in school-sponsored athletics can lead to better grades during school and higher earning potential after.
Economist Stephen Lipscomb wrote in a 2007 “Economic of Education Review” article “that athletic participation is associated with a two percent increase in math and science test scores.”
That same year, according to a “Journal of Sports Economics” article by Bradley Ewing, former high school athletes “enjoy both higher wages and larger fringe benefits” than students who did not participate in sports.
Broken Arrow Public Schools Athletic Director Ken Ellett, who played and coached at the collegiate level, values the importance of grades and after-graduation success, but also sees high school athletics as a true character-shaping venture for students.
“We want all of our athletes to learn personal discipline and to accept responsibility for their actions,” he said. “We promote the learning of the team concept. It is important to us that our athletes learn the lesson of hard work and how to deal with success and failure.”
To that end, Ellett developed Tiger STRIPES – an acronym for Service, Trust, Respect, Integrity, Positive Attitude, Excellence and Self-Discipline – because “if we can get our student athletes to internalize these concepts and make them part of who they are, it will have a huge impact developing their moral and ethical conduct as they become young adults.”
While May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, it also is the last month of the school year. Activity will not slow down for more than 1,300 students in grades 8-12who participate in BA school athletics.. Summer workouts for all sports begin shortly after the last day of school.
“We have the best atmosphere in our weight room during the summer,” said Cody Ellett, BAPS strength and conditioning coach. “We have several sports in here working out together. These kids work hard and have a great time working out with athletes from other sports.
“We make tremendous strides in getting our athletes stronger and helping them maintain or improve their conditioning through our summer programs. The weight room and indoor facility is definitely an active place during the summer.”
Goalie Blake Anderegg made a the game-extending save on the fifth shooter and Cameron Beller, the eighth Tiger to kick in the shootout, put in what proved the game-winner as Broken Arrow defeated Stillwater, 2-1, for the Class 6A Boys State Soccer Championship Saturday.
"I will buy you a Christmas present every year for the rest of your life," Tiger head soccer coach Shane Schwab said as he hugged Beller amidst a celebration of players, students and parents on the University of Tulsa Soccer Field.
Parents of Broken Arrow High School, Freshman Academy and middle school student-athletes may go online to complete necessary forms to assure their child is eligible to begin participation in school athletics.
The completion of such forms as the Emergency Consent Form, Concussion and Head Injury Acknowledgement Form and the Risk/Insurance/Transportation Consent Form is required before a student is eligible to participate in Broken Arrow athletics. Click here to bring up the website that contains the required forms. Other online forms parents are required to complete include the OSSAA’s Eligibility and Recruiting Forms, the Social Networking Form and the Drug Testing Consent Form.
To begin completion of the forms parents will need to include their child’s first and last names and know their child’s student ID number. An electronic signature of one parent is required.
Student-athletes are also required to have a current physical on file in order to participate in Broken Arrow school-sponsored athletics.
Online completion of the required forms is more convenient for parents and will streamline the process for Broken Arrow athletic department administrators, coaches and trainers.
Parents with questions regarding the medical forms may email Daniel Steward. For all other questions, please call the athletic office at 918-259-5904.