Football is definitely in the air. The NFL's pre-season is in full swing. Schools and youth leagues have all started practicing and positioning themselves for a successful season. Many lofty goals have been set, but as many successful people will tell you, that it is important to focus on the process. In regards to doing well on the field, the process includes the athlete getting proper; rest, sleep, and nutrition, as well as showing up to practices each day on time, and ready to put forth a good effort, mentally and physically.
Many young players have goals of playing at the next level and beyond, and many of their parents and coaches share those aspirations. Sometimes special training programs, camps, clinics, etc..., are chosen, and they may prove to be very beneficial. If playing in high school and college is in the future plans, however; then there is another process that is critical to give significant attention to, and that involves the athlete putting in the time to work at being the best student he/she can be. Every kid won't go on to be the graduating class's Valedictorian, but all can try to consistently; do their homework, come to class ready to learn, and seek help when necessary. Although college, or even high school may be far in the future, an underperforming elementary schooler will typically become an underperforming middle schooler, that goes on to struggle in high school.
If parents are not taking an active role in helping the student develop and maintain good study habits, then it will be very difficult for the student to achieve at the highest level. A parent threatening to take the kid off of the team if grades are not good, without also taking the time to properly get involved, is much like a coach that scolds players for poor play, but who doesn't take the time to do his/her part.
A primary objective is to at least get the student to perform on grade level. When the student becomes high school age, when entering high school, he/she should be ready to take the classes required of high schoolers before entry to college. An elementary school student that is not regularly doing the 30 minutes or so of homework given, may be slipping by at that level, but will find it a lot tougher to be successful in middle school if still blowing off homework assignments, setting him/herself for a lot of underachieving and struggling at the high school level. Get the academic work ethic together now!
In order to play sports in high school there is an academic standard that must be met. What must be understood, however; is that performing well enough academically to be allowed to play sports in high school, doesn't guarantee that the student-athlete is doing well enough to be accepted by colleges. Entrance standards differ from college to college. Students that don't have the grades to attend a four year college, may first attend a Junior College before transferring to a four year institution.
Ultimately, the goal is to be able to choose a college that is affordable and a great fit. Performing well, both, on the field and in the classroom, can result in a lot of attractive options. So put the time in and plan accordingly. May God bless you.