Houston Region Athletic Programs
Team sports and athletics are offered in public schools to all students in grades 7-12. In Houston and Gulf Coast-area public school districts, students can participate in casual sports or begin their athletic careers. Athletic programs include more than high school football or basketball. Countless options are available to students as they explore and find the perfect physical activity for their individual and unique interests, talents, and skills.
While Texas high school football’s rankings and scores usually get the most considerable amount of attention, other Houston sports and athletic programs are diverse and competitive. Programs include men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, wrestling, rowing, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer, tennis, cheerleading, swimming, diving, track and field, cross country, water polo, gymnastics, yoga, and fishing.
Houston public school districts and the surrounding Gulf Coast area welcome and inspire students to participate in the athletic programs that best match their specific interests. The school districts offer programs and resources to provide an unparalleled variety of options to students. The instructors and coaches are often trained and experienced athletes providing real-world experience to their student-athletes. All student-athletes are encouraged to explore a variety of activities to decide what best suits their individual passions.
High school sports bring the community together, provide opportunities for families to build friendships, and create ways for businesses to thrive. High school football scores aren’t the only athletic topic of interest. High school soccer, volleyball, and other sports scores and rankings are of interest to communities in rural and urban districts alike.
Students participating in a wide range of Houston-area athletic programs, including high school basketball and more, have appeared in local and state sports articles and news stories. Students might appear in the Houston Chronicle sports section or on the evening news. The media focus on high school sports and high school sports rankings in public schools demonstrate its appeal.
There are various benefits to becoming a student-athlete. Studies show that students involved in school sports acquire skills that stay with them off the field and throughout their lives. Practice, team interaction, determination, competition, and discipline contribute to students’ development of strong work ethics. They can become leaders and self-motivators.
- High school students who participate in sports and athletics learn to represent their community on and off the field.
- A 2007 study in Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise claims that high school students who are active in sports like football, soccer, and other athletic activities performed 10 percent better in subjects like language arts, science, math, and social studies.
- Being part of a sports team teaches students the significance of the three Ps: practice, patience, and persistence, providing lessons students can use throughout their lives.
- Physical activities in athletic programs are an extension of a solid educational program. Student-athletes tend to have better attendance records, higher grade-point averages, lower dropout rates, and fewer discipline problems than other students.
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