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  1. USCGA2019

    USCGA2019 New Member

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    Hey all,
    I'm reporting to the academy on the 29th and have been looking to run track and cross country. I emailed the coach and he told me how tryouts work, but from not being invited to the team reception on the 28th and with times of 18:15 for a 5k, 5:11 for a mile, and 11:18 for a 2 mile I feel like maybe this may not be the best path to pursue and that there's a serious chance I will not be chosen for the team. That being said what I know I want is to compete on an intercollegiate team that's preferably part of the NCAA. I was thinking I could possibly do sailing, but I would like to get some advice from people who are a bit more knowledgable about athletics at USCGA about what I could do. Any input is appreciated.
     
  2. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    It's D3 sports, so there's a good chance if you want to participate, you can. In fact, I'm pretty confident you'll make the team. So, don't worry, get there and get through Swab Summer (which will be a big enough challenge) and then try out for whatever you'd like.

    Here's a little taste of my experience. In high school I played soccer and in my final two years of high school ice hockey.

    At CGA I played club ice hockey for my first year (until my grades forced me to quit… until my GPA improved). I also played JV soccer that first year (it counted as a varsity sport). In my second year I sprinted and did long jump with the indoor track team (varsity sport) and continued to play JV soccer (you could only play two years of JV soccer). I also started playing lacrosse which was a club sport. My next year I played more lacrosse and took over the b-side club hockey program. And in my final year I played b-side hockey. Throughout there were many other club/IC sports you could play…. so in the four years I was a cadet we played tennis, softball, ultimate frisbee, swimming, track, soccer, etc etc etc.

    If I can make the track team, you can CERTAINLY make the track team. The same goes for cross country. Don't read into the lack of an invite.

    So again, work hard this summer, and think about what sports you'll want to do. I don't think you'll ever have more options than you will while you're at CGA.

    Good luck!
     
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  3. AlexT

    AlexT Banned

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    I wouldn't be shy about showing up at the pre R-Day reception, either. These aren't formal "check your invitation at the door" events. When my DD went (she was in another sport), it basically was a very informal ice cream social. Nobody took attendance. It was really an opportunity for the parents to meet the coaches as the incoming swabs were very very subdued and didn't interact very much except with each other. At a minimum, you'll get to meet a few of your classmates early, and find some who are in your company. It's good to see familiar faces at check-in and on the bus when R-day rolls around. Good luck!
     
  4. AuxNoob

    AuxNoob CGA Admissions Partner

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    What LITS said +1

    What Alex said +2
     
  5. AlexT

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    One final thing....through the course of swab summer, there will be a few time periods set aside known as "coach's time" where you'll get a chance to go see your coach and basically hang out with everybody who is interested in doing the particular sport. It's a good chance for you to relax a bit away from the cadre, so take advantage of this opportunity as well.
     
  6. am1

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    USCGA2019, Check out the Crew Team during Swab Summer. Most collegiate rowers never rowed in high school so you will be on equal footing with your swab shipmates who join. Great sport that doesn't travel too far from the CGA for races so you won't miss many classes.... and you will meet a some wonderful upperclassmen/women. Go Bears Crew!!!!

    Sculler Dad
    DS Class of 2015
     
  7. USCGA2019

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    I actually rowed in my freshman and sophomore year. It was a club team and the organization fell apart, so that's when I joined spring track and cross country. I had done winter track in the offseason of crew. I'm only 5'6'' though. I'll see what seems most promising.
     
  8. Cgacadet

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    USCGA2019. Come down to the crew boat house during coaches time, you'll get to hang out and get away from cadre while you're there.
     

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