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what is the best way to be able to play sports in college


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Irene’s Answer

Hi Tony!

If you are aiming to play sports very seriously in college or even play professionally, I agree that it is best to begin early. Alexis gives great recommendations of things you can do on your own to develop your skills. If you have the means and would prefer a more structured approach, you can join your middle or high school's sports team, or you could join a club/team outside of school. There are many benefits to joining a team: you have a coach to train you, consistent teammates to play with and grow together, and opportunities to play in games/tournaments against other teams. This will also likely emulate the environment you would get in college/professionally. Finally, coaches may have more resources and connections to guide you on your goal to play in college compared to doing it alone.
If you play well in high school, colleges may recruit you to their school on a sports scholarship, in which the college helps offset some costs of college if you agree to play on the school team. If you don't attend college on a sports scholarship, having years of practice and experience under your belt will greatly help when you try out for the school team.

Alternatively, if you are just looking to play sports as a hobby in college, many schools have clubs and recreational sports teams. They are often referred to as intramural sports. Participating in intramural sports is a great way to get involved in a sport you like regardless if you have prior experience and with less emphasis on competition.

Hope this helps!
Irene

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Alexis K.’s Answer

The best way to play sports in college or by the time you reach college is to play while you are in elementary school and high school. First, decide on the sport that is provided or offered at your school or in your community that really gives you joy and that you really understand. For example, if it is baseball decide if you would like to pitch, if so practice how to throw curve balls and fast balls striking out your friends. Then if you want to be in the outfield catching the baseball, see how far you can catch the baseball when it is thrown. Another example is basketball, football, tennis, golf, volleyball or soccer; practice your chosen sport that you truly like, then study others who play the game you like. Third, talk to coaches at your school or in your community to help you as well to give you constructive criticism by telling you your strengths and weaknesses and help you with getting on a team. Ask questions and get recommendations. It is also good to learn now to condition and train your body through eating healthier (vegetables and fruits) hydrate with water not a lot of sugary drinks, exercise, rest, and prayer to God. Because having spiritual growth is also important in learning physical growth with playing sports. The psychology of sports is that it also gives you confidence, and you are able to build camraderie with your peers by learning to work on a team. Playing sports in college teaches responsibility because there is a policy at most colleges have that as an athlete you have to have a 3.0 to play. So it is also about a work-life balance by learning early how to keep your grades up and do what you love which is playing sports.

Alexis K. recommends the following next steps:

Learn history of chosen game or sport
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Watch film or highlights of favorite athlete of that sport on YouTube
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Keep grades up and behavior positive
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Train hard, but have fun!
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