Clubs and Sports conflicts

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  1. AVT

    AVT USAFA 2015

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    Hi, I am in a sort of dilemma. I am president of my school's Leo Club, and also I am a member of the Varsity Track team. I may be on the leadership committee this year, but I will definitely be on it next year for Track. Track practices every day of the week, and Leo Club has a full meeting each week along with an officer's meeting which is much shorter.
    I feel that I would have to reason with my coach to allow me to miss practice once a week or show up later. I will explain the situation and where I am applying after highschool, but would a leader be allowed to miss practice due to another organization?

    I appreciate any insight you would share. :smile:
     
  2. 11BRAVO

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    Our experience with this situation is that most teachers/coaches would make arranagements. Track provides an easy solution...you run on your own the day you have a meeting. It's much simpler than say, football, where it would be more difficult to make up tackling drills on your own.
    Talk to the teachers/coaches, let them know what is at stake, "An possible an education at the finest school in the country," and offer a solution.
     
  3. America's Finest

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    As Bravo said, it should be pretty easy with a sport like track since its easy to practice on your own so that one day of being late can be made up. Show the coach you are still committed to track. Offer to stay up late or ask him for a routine to follow on the days you miss.
     
  4. armybratkl

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    While it would be easy to make up the running time missed, do not be surprised if missing time causes you to lose potential leadership time in track. Coaches often want to see a commitment during practice -- what kind of example would it set for the team captain (or member of the leadership committee) to miss one practice a week?

    I had a similar situation. I was set to be team captain of my swim team this year. I also signed up for evening classes on Mondays and Wednesdays at the local community college. I did not realize until the day before school started, a full three weeks after I signed up for the class, that the swim practice schedule had changed from previous years. Once we started practicing inside, practices were in the evenings. Altogether, of 14 weeks of swim team, 6 of those weeks were inside, and I missed 11 practices. While I was allowed to make up those missed practices on my own time, I did not get the captainship.
     

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