Answered By: Jessica Maris
Last Updated: May 13, 2015     Views: 101

There is not a lot of academic material available about the controversy surrounding high school athletes going directly to the pros, especially about baseball players in particular.  The majority of material about the issue appears to focus on basketball players, perhaps because it does not have a minor league like baseball.

The best databases to find articles on this topic are our Hot Topics & News databases.

In Facts on File : Issues & Controversies, there is an entry about teenage athletes in professional sports.  This article also has links to several other articles about the subject in its bibliography.

From our EBSCO databases, here is a list of articles about professional sports that mention teenagers or high schoolers in some way.  While they don't all discuss the issue of high school athletes going directly to the pros, some do, like this one and this one.

One possible way to find information about the issue is to seek out resources about specific athletes who went professional after high school, and use their personal experiences or behavior as possible examples of the effects of going pro at that age.  For example, this eBook talks about the behavior of specific athletes, and some of the people discussed went straight from high school to professional sports.

Another way to approach the search is to seek out resources on indirectly related issues, such as steroid use among high schoolers or college recruitment practices.

There are also many more resources (blogs, articles) about the issue available from non-academic sources that can be accessed through popular search engines like Google.  Of course, the quality of sources found this way is questionable, so you should evaluate any sources found this way using these criteria.

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