Education programs across the country are feeling the brunt of budget cuts. Unfortunately, athletics are one of the first programs to be downsized after a funding decrease. The consequences are especially relevant for track and field teams.
Funding cuts to a track and field program may do more than scale back the events. Many track and field teams across the country are being cut completely. Read a story of one example. Some cuts are for budget reasons – others are due to Title 9 compliance. Unfortunately, the impact of these cuts on students is dire and the long term impact on the sport is not good!
Track and field meets consist of several competitions. These events also require a diverse coaching staff since running, jumping, and throwing events require vastly different skill sets. When spending cuts hit track and field programs, a dedicated event coach is a likely candidate for a layoff. The coach’s event can quickly fall into decline without their expert guidance.
The different track and field events also need special equipment. Student athletes need functional javelins, hurdles, batons, and other items to train effectively. If the equipment is worn or malfunctioning, the students can’t hone their techniques for competition. Therefore, without sufficient funding, students are unable to compete at the same level as their better-funded peers.
A large number of student athletes depend on their sport for scholarship options. Gutted track and field programs are unable to mold the competitive athletes that attract university scouts. As a result, short-term funding cuts also hinder academic success in the long term. Also, it will make it more difficult for the U.S. to be competitive in the Olympics and international competitions.
Everything Track & Field is dedicated to assisting track and field programs by providing affordable, high-quality track and field gear, camps & clinics, and training and coaching information. Athletic programs in need of assistance are welcome to contact us by phone at (888) 556-7464. Our experienced, knowledgeable staff is ready to help!