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Highschool sports - August 19th 2012, 07:58 PM

My parents keep telling me to try out for a sport. I dont blame them, but i've never been good enough for a school team. the *most* i've played a sport was soccer for about 3 years. I got pretty good when playing for local teams but I was downright awful compared to everyone else at school tryouts last year.

My parents want me to try for swimming and basketball (both winter sports).

I went to a basketball camp this year for a whopping 3 hours per day for 3 days (this was the only camp within an hour drive, so I gave it a shot) and they only practiced shooting and nothing else. I go to my gym a few days a week to practice all my shots, because thats the only thing I know how to do. My cousin was on his schools team for 2 years and he and I scoured everywhere to try to find some kind of training camp but we found nothing. I literally have no way to improve at BB unless I leave the state. I've been trying to follow things online, but its not as good as having an actual coach or a team to practice with. so now my parents want me to try out for this even though I tell them I can only shoot standing still + do layups

I was swimming with a friend one day and we decided to do a speed, then endurance race. I won both times and my dad said I should join the swim team... I don't even remember how to do freestyle and backstroke correctly, I never learned butterfly. however, my breast stroke is amazing (i've been told by swimming instructors).

I dont know what I have to be able to do for swim team, as in requirements or types of events, or anything, my schools site has nothing about it and the season is coming up in a few months

so...I just don't want to try out because of the sheer embarrassment of not knowing what the heck is going on 90% of the time in basketball in front of friends and strangers, and being dead last on 3/4 strokes because a. I can't do them right b. I can't do 1 of them, period.

on the other hand, i would join a school weightlifting team in a heartbeat as I go to the gym every 3 days and I love weightlifting. but my school doesn't have a team.

my other option is track and field (no tryouts) but i've never done anything other than a few 5ks and I have no idea how events there work. do they pick an event for you? do you do multiple events? i dont know anything and I dont know where to look for answers.

I've also been looking for a weightlifting team/competition for highschoolers in my area, but haven't found anything. if you could find one around the wilmington, DE area, i'd really appreciate it.

what should I do? are sports *that important* when applying for a college, assuming my academic performance is very high (almost always in >90 percentile) and I do enough volunteer hours and extracurricular activities?
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Re: Highschool sports - August 20th 2012, 10:02 PM

even though this thread has been here over 3 times longer than others on the front page, its the only one with no replies...
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Re: Highschool sports - August 21st 2012, 12:49 AM

I can't really answer your question about what sport to do.. but I'd say if ask the coach about the swim team if that's what you want to do. Some teams will let students in late if they show enough interest.

In terms of what colleges look for.. Sports aren't necessary, but they add on. If you can hold some kind of award or leading position, it looks great. Colleges love to see that you're involved in multiple things, regardless of your position on the team. So besides sports, clubs and activities will really help out your application. Once again, it's not necessary, but a lot of schools want to see that you can do more than just academics.

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