Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Student athletes face many challenges and not just on the field, court or rink. They have to learn how to balance the demand of sports and school.
That’s why the Christian Brothers Academy has developed a new game plan for their football players by putting school work before team work.
Before they hit the field for practice, CBA football players are required to hit the books.
After school, study hall isn't an option. It’s mandatory.
“If you don't go to study hall, you can't go to practice. If you don't go to practice, you don't play,” said Head Football Coach Joseph Casamento
Making time for play, for school, and for everything else is an important life lesson being crafted.
“I love football, but it's a silly little kids game and we want these kids to become better people from it,” said Coach Casamento.
The school is trying to make better people and better students who can better manage their time.
“Sometimes we've got a lot of homework, two to three hours a night and now I don't have as much when I get home. My grades have gone up having the extra time,” said Sophomore football player Collin Recore.
“It's helped me get all of my homework done, everything handed in on time, and have nothing to worry about when I get home,” explained Senior high school football player Sydney Vallery.
Teachers say they have noticed the benefits of a mandatory after school study hall.
“I think what I've been mostly impressed with are the seniors, taking kids under their wings, helping them, you learn better,” said CBA teacher Dr. Lynn Infanti.
“If some other coach sees this and they think, ‘If they can so, I can do that easily or even better,’ it just helps kids everywhere,” said Coach Casamento.
That's the goal of team study hall - a way to help football players strike the right balance, scoring a good performance on the field and in the classroom.