Earlier this week I was exposed to his incredible article by Matt Bonesteel of the Washington Post. Initially, I was drawn in by the title, “The number of parents who think their high school athlete will play pro sports is absurdly high”. Upon completion I was further captivate by the information and actual statistical number of parents who really believed their children would play professional sports. Take a read below…
A new study entitled “Sports and Health in America,” — conducted by National Public Radio, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health — found that 26 percent of parents of high school athletes hope their kids go on to play professional sports.
In other news, 26 percent of parents of high school athletes are delusional, because the odds that their kids go on to the professional ranks are absurdly low.
Just ask the NCAA, which puts the numbers up on its Web site:
Baseball: 482,629 high school players, 6.9 percent play in college, 8.6 percent of draft-eligible college players are selected by an MLB team. In other words, far less than 1 percent of all high school baseball players will be drafted (and baseball offers the best chance at making it professionally, along with men’s ice hockey).
Men’s basketball: 541,054 high school players, 3.4 percent play in college, 1.2 percent of draft-eligible college players are selected by an NBA team. With just 60 draft slots each year, the chance that a high school player is eventually drafted by an NBA team is microscopic.
Women’s basketball: 433,344 high school players, 3.8 percent play in college, 0.9 percent of draft-eligible college players are selected by a WNBA team.
Football: 1,093,234 high school players, 6.5 percent play in college, 1.6 percent of college players drafted by an NFL team.
Men’s ice hockey: 35,393 high school players, 11.2 percent play in college, 6.8 percent of college players drafted by an NHL team.
Men’s soccer: 417,419 high school players, 5.7 percent play in college, 1.4 percent of college players are drafted by an MLS team.