Play baseball at VMI or attend USNA without playing baseball

Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by hopefulparent, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. hopefulparent

    hopefulparent Member

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    DS is USNA candidate and seems to have very good chance of receiving appointment. However, baseball team does not need any more players at his position (at this time). Has chance to attend VMI and play baseball. Has played baseball his whole life with hopes of playing in college some day. Now he may have to choose. Any comments?
     
  2. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    I'll be blunt here . . . is his primary interest education and serving his country or playing baseball? And, yes, I'm being perfectly serious.

    If your son is good enough to play baseball in the pros, I would think some top baseball school would be actively recruiting him. In that case, he should attend such a school and hope things go well and that he'll be drafted into the major leagues.

    If the issue is that your son wants to play baseball at SOME college and USNA won't offer that option, then he should look at schools where he can play baseball. VMI is a great school with a great alumni network and provides the opportunity to go into the military. However, it's not the only school in that category. And, academically, it isn't generally considered to be as strong/competitive as USNA or the other SAs. I'm not knocking VMI, just being realistic.

    If his primary motivation is to be in the USN or USMC and he really wants to attend USNA, then he must consider whether that triumphs over his love of baseball. I don't think anyone other than your son can answer this question.
     
  3. Mongo

    Mongo Banned

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    USNA has fewer scholarships and a lot more walkons than civilian colleges. And due to the nature of the beast, is a lot more unstable. Trust me from first hand experience, one can go from seventh on the depth chart to first in the course of a season.

    Academics are difficult.

    One doesn't have to play sports to maintain their "scholarship".

    The "two for seven" will always get a few.
     
  4. MakeItHappen

    MakeItHappen Member

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    USNA.
    We always need players at his position. You just climb the depth chart. If not they got things to do to stay busy. Good Luck!
     
  5. fishbowl

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    hopefulparent - all the things that USNA1985 wrote are key considerations. I would also add that it doesn't cost anything (other than his time) for your DS to complete the necessary application steps. As he moves through the process of completing the USNA application, getting his DODMERB physical and applying for a nomination, he will gather more information that will help with his decision. However, if the case is that he is deciding whether to sign some sort of NCAA letter of intent to attend VMI, that is something different.
     
  6. bruno

    bruno Retired Staff Member

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    This same thread was posted in the Military college Forum so I'll just post the same response that I posted there:
     
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