Steroid Problem Out Of Control at The Amateur Level

Tim GottschalkCorrespondent IJuly 19, 2008

In this column, you the reader won't find any statistical information or documented facts. This disaster is a complete and full eyewitness. Sports enhancing drugs are being used well before athletes get to the professional level.

I played college baseball at a competitive level for four years. During these four years, I personally encountered baseball players taking a substance called Winstrol along with many others.

If you were offered a magic pill that could make you millions of dollars and get your dreams to come true, would you do it, even if you didn't know what was in that pill? Of course without thinking most people would say; yes, of course I would take that pill. College athletes are put to the test on a daily basis with this  question.

When used in the right direction, steroids can have many positive side effects with few to no negative side effects. Professional athletes have the access to these directions, that is without a doubt. Granted, some will not be safe with these products but will suffer the consequences later along in life. College athletes do not have this access and seek the results much quicker.

You the reader might ask, why not test every athlete no matter the level they're playing in. The problem is UA (Urinary Analysis) tests are very expensive and can not be conducted on many college budgets, nor do some college coaches care whether or not a player on there team is using them.

I even know a case where a college baseball coach got arrested coming back from Mexico trying to smuggle steroids in for his players. This is a disgrace to the game, and sport in general.

The punishment in professional sports is not near what it needs to be for those athletes using steroids, as I'm sure many would agree.

I propose that if a player has ever once used a drug banned by their respective professional sport at any time that they not be permitted to play at the professional level at which the drug was banned.

This might seem a little exaggerated, but how many of those athletes would actually be where they are today with out the enhancement?

The Mitchell report only listed a small percentage of users. Take a second and imagine what the game would be without those players. Less thrillseeking would probably be a fair statement, but it would be a cleaner, more respectable game.

Something drastic needs to be done in sports, not only to clean up the game but to clean up what is going on at the lower levels at which players strive to succeed.