Sports Recruiting

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  1. Patriot95

    Patriot95 Member

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    I'm a junior in high school and just wondering how sports recruiting works at West Point. Do you have to be accepted to West Point before you can even think about being recruited or what? I run cross country, so that's the sport I'm wondering about. Does anyone know what kind of times the male cadets on the cross country team run? My academic stats aren't anything special so I'm wondering if somehow being recruited for a sport could help you get into the academy?
     
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    I don't know about cross country specifically, but having a West Point coach on your side during the admissions process can definitely help. I believe the coaches are able to talk to USMA Admissions and slightly help an athlete gain admission, especially if you are one of their top recruits.
     
  3. buff81

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    You can fill out a recruiting questionnaire for Track/Field/Cross Country.
    Go to www.goarmysports.com and click on the recruiting tab and then your sport.

    Being a recruited athlete is beneficial in the admissions process.
     
  4. pointguard

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    As suggested in a previous

    Thread on the same issue, you may want to check the SA Webpage to see to what level you are or are not competitive. D1 is not HS, not by a lot. It takes a special talent, even at a SA D1 school who specializes in much more than just athletics. These men and woman can play/run/et. al.
     
  5. Patriot95

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    I saw the questionnaire, but I have already tried to do the questionnaire for admissions and I put in all of my information and it said I wasn't old enough, so would it do the same for the sports one? Also I was looking at the cross country results and they usually run an 8k, but in high school you run a 5k. However, the team at West Point had one 5k race and I had a better time than some of them. I'm confused though because in the 8k races the cadets had a faster mile pace than in their 5k race, so I'm not sure if they were just taking it easy or what?
     
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    Fill out the Recruiting Questionairre,

    it is not age specific like Admissions. Send it to the correct Coach. Wait to see if he/she contacts you. If you are to antsy, give them a day or two to at least get it if its out of season, and reach out to them via email. There are Recruiting rules that have to adhered to by Coaches such as not being able to return a call till after July 1 going into Senior Year, but you can call as often as you think appropriate. College Coaches are pretty straightforward and wonderful to talk with, and a lot of help. Take some of these questions direct to the Coach, they have all the answers for you and a possible future. Do the Questionnaire first, its the ticket forward. Also, you may want to brush up on D1 Recruiting rules at the NCAA website.
     
  7. Patriot95

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    Thanks for the help. I just e-mailed the cross country coach and I am about to fill out the questionnaire. So do you think he'll be able to respond to my e-mail?
     
  8. RSR

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    My DS also filled out the questionnaire and emailed the head coach after meeting him at SLS and received no response. He decided to email his resume and statistics to the assistant coaches and received a response back from one of them within days and is now in the class of 2016. The head coaches are sometimes to busy with the team and with recruits who have been on their radar for a while. I suggest you take my son's route and contact the assistant coaches (he contacted all 4 of them), they are usually more responsive about reaching out to new possible recruits.
     
  9. SonNo2of4

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    I have been going through this recently with my son. First, if you are getting recruited by D1 schools, likely you will be on track for the academies athletically (even if they are not the top tier). We have been to the academies with multiple recruitable athletes. I will say, their academics are often a problem and limits what the coach can do for them (probably 3 out of 10 of the athletes that have been on the recruiting trips meet the academic standards that enable the coach to help them (w.r.t. LOA's)). Certainly if they really have the athletics, if they are boarderline, the coach will still likely be able to help out some later to push them over. Academics come first, though athletics do open doors. Getting on the team versus being a recruited athlete are two separate matters. Never hurts to email the coach to get on the radar so he might watch for your results. My son did not contact them, the coaches contacted him (they will have a short list). They have a difficult time recruiting, it is much more involved. Knowing an athlete is interested in joining a service academy and meets their academic profile helps them keep from wasting their time. Division 1 schools are technically not allowed to recruit until (July 1, I think). You can, on the other hand, contact them before that. The academies have a bit more ability to recruit early because the application process is so lengthy at least we were hearing things quite a bit before that date, but depends on the coach and their interpretation of the rules. The Universities strictly abide by this but the academies get a little bit of grace on this. Do the best you can at your sport, make sure your SAT's are in the range of their average, and take courses that would indicate you are on track to do well at the academy.
     

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