Participating in a Varsity sport...

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  1. broncokk

    broncokk Member

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    First off, this is my first time to post and I just wanted to thank those that provide this forum and everyone that actively posts information how much I appreciate it.

    I was going to see if anyone could offer any advice about how I might go about competing in a varsity sport (baseball) at the Naval Academy.

    From what I can tell, I can fill out a survey through the athletic department portal.

    I live in the midwest, so there is not really an opportunity to meet any of the coaches around these parts. Being admitted to the NASS (session 2), I was wondering if that is a good time to visit with a coach.

    Any advice is greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Trc98

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    During Nass you will have time to talk to the coach. In the meantime, fill out the survey online.
     
  3. time2

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    If you are not trying to be recruited for a sport and just plan to 'walk-on' there will be an opportunity during Plebe Summer to learn about the various sports options. It isn't something to worry about now unless you are interested in being recruited.
     
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  4. broncokk

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    Thank you trace98 and time2 for your responses.

    Time2, I guess I would say that I am wanting to be recruited. Another way of saying it, I want to play Navy baseball if I go there. Because there are no scholarships offered for athletics at the NA, it is a different animal from the other schools out there that base the scholarship on athletic participation. To me, a walk on is a non-scholarshiped player participating on the varsity team.

    My reason for applying to the NA is service to my country. I just wanted find out that if the baseball coach thought I could be a asset to the team, if that might help my application?
     
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    Speak to him. It could be a help, or it could not, but it really doesn't matter does it?
     
  6. broncokk

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    I will speak with him. Thanks.
     
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  7. NavyHoops

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    Fill out the athletic recruit questionaire on the website. If the coach is interested he will reach out to you. Other options, see if USNA has an elite camp. Try to get signed up for it. It's a great way to get in front of the coach and he can see your skills. Bottom line, SA or not, D1 recruiting is cut throat. Just like any school, one day the coach might show interest and the next they might not. There is a big different between a coach 'showing interest' and being blue chipped. Because USNA doesn't have scholarships in the traditional sense, remember they bring in very large recruiting classes because attrition rates of varsity sports are very high. Most teams will lose 50% of more of their recruiting class by the time graduation roles around.
     
  8. broncokk

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    So do the coaches have any so-say with the admission board? If he feels that you can contribute, will that have any influence?

    My feeling is that if I have any chance of getting a appointment, my athletic credentials will have to be a factor.
     
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  9. socalfan

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    Look up blue chip athletes in the search engine. Yes it can be a contributing factor. Still need to have a strong application and obtain a nomination.
     
  10. NavyHoops

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    As mentioned it can be. It all depends on how bad a coach wants you. Blue chip is a term SAs use to designate highly desired athletes. Just because you might get interest from a coach also doesn't mean they will blue chip you. Coaches only have so many of those in their pocket to use and they save them for their best recruits. Many coaches will never tell you if and where you fall on the recruiting list. Honestly that list can change daily for many coaches as new recruits join the list, others drop off, etc.
     
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    Could you link the survey, I am very interested in both their lightweight crew and rifle team and could not seem to find the survey. Best of luck to you both on your application and baseball pursuit.
     
  12. Capt MJ

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    It's on usna.edu, which is why it's frequently recommended candidates and prospects go through the website page by page.

    http://www.usna.edu/Admissions/Sports-Instructions.php
     
  13. broncokk

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    tommyboy44

    It can be kind of hard to find the questionarres for the individual sports.

    I will tell you how to find it, so you will know how to find it for the sports you are interested in looking into.

    Go to the page of the sport you are interested in. Then go to "more info" tab at the right side of page. There will be a drop down available for that individual sport at that point. Good luck.
     
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    My apologies, I went through the pages but never ventured onto the "more info" tabs, thanks for the link though.
    Thank you very much.
     
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    No need to apologize - this is a very flat way to communicate, and in being brief, I think I came across as critically instructive.
     
  16. time2

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    Varsity sports is a HUGE time commitment at an SA that individuals often find they can't handle and still do all of the others things required of them. IF you are a D1-capable top-notch athlete, most likely you will also be recruited by others colleges. As mentioned above, it certainly doesn't hurt to look into the recruited athlete avenue, but one should NOT pursue this solely because they think it will improve their chances for an appointment. No one at a SA pays tuition, so the benefit of being recruited by a civilian college is different than at an SA.
     

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