Cut an AP?

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  1. sg2019

    sg2019 Member

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    After attending a few track camps I've been told multiple times to get into the gym. I can't drive so taking a weights class would be the only way. The problem I face is that the only way my schedule can move is by cutting an AP. If I were to cut AP Bio, I would still be taking AP chemistry, APUSH, and AP English. I could still take Bio as a senior and lose the chanting take AP stats. Would it be worth cutting Bio for the chance to become a recruited athlete?
     
  2. Christcorp

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    What grade are you in? If you are going to be a senior, and you're already doing sports, then being a recruited athlete may be difficult. Trying to be a recruited athlete isn't something you really have a decision in. You can go online and inform the coaches that you're interested, buut usually getting the athletic departments attention and having them recruit you, is usually because the coach in charge of your area has been scanning online your state and local newspapers and such for names that keep popping up. Such as the player who seems to get named every week because they were a major contributor in a game or event. I.e. every Saturday the name john smith seems to pop up with significant football stats. Also. Most of the coaches who take care of your area contact the high school coaches and ask if they have any star athletes that might be interested in the academies. Coaches at the high school level know what the college level is looking for.

    So, if you're the athlete that possibly is going to get recruited by other colleges, you're probably of interest to the academy. Remember, 80-85% of all cadets coming to the academy have varsity letters and play sports. Are you the athlete that is probably going to be offered a scholarship from a college for sports? If so, being a recruited athlete is definitely a possibility. But if you probably won't be offered a scholarship for sports from any other university, you probably won't be a recruited athlete by the academy.

    Of course, there are some sports that the academies don't get a lot of athletes wanting to participate in. So in many of these sports, the academy will let you be on or try out for the team, but may or may not recruit you. Depending if you're one of the best. Things like being named all state, all conference, winning state chpionship, etc. Matter. Remember too, this isn't intramural sports. Football plays against teams like Notre same and Oklahoma. So, it depends on your sport and grade.

    If you are a junior, definitely look into trying to get recruited. If you are going to be a senior, and you already are involved heavily in sports, take the advanced classes.
     
  3. kinnem

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    +1 to Christcorp. I also wanted to add that in my opinion getting to a gym to lift some weights and put on some muscle mass is only going to marginally affect your recruitability. What's really going to matter is your run times or other performance stats. Unless you think lifting is going to improve your performance then it's only marginally worthwhile with respect to being recruited. Also, I'd bet you could buy a set of weights and a bench for far less than a gym membership would cost, and addresses the driving issue as well. In fact I expect you could find a used set on craigslist. An even cheaper approach is to fill various dimensions of PVC with cement.
     
  4. Packer

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    You are getting good advice here. Without knowing anything about your performance to know if you are potentially at the collegiate level it is going to be hard to get any better advice.
    If you are a sprinter, which I am guessing you are, then lifting can help your performance. If you are close to collegiate level performance, It may get you there.

    You appear to be a junior from your post??
     
  5. sg2019

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    Yes, I am a rising junior. For track I am a thrower so getting stronger is key.
     
  6. John41057

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    Hi
    I can only speak for my DS who was a recruited athlete and I will tell you there was no way he could have qualified to be looked at by the academy if he was getting motivated in his junior year. Getting to a place where Air Force recruited him was a life time commitment since he was in T-Ball. Many years of travel ball and well paid coaches and travel to tournaments. Also lets not forget that my DS was blessed to be gifted in his chosen sport. Just having the desire and drive is not enough, you need to have the talent and God given ability as well. Also doing well in tournaments and high-school which gets your name in the paper and on the record get the coaches attention. But if this is your dream, never give up and work toward the goal.
    Regards
    John
     

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