Color blind but talented recruited athlete

NavyXC939

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Hello everyone! At the end of last year, I was sent a letter from the USNA Head Cross Country Coach and after looking more into USNA, it became my dream school. I have emailed back and forth many times now with the XC coach, and he seems quite interested. For anyone who has an idea of how good certain track times are, my times are: 4:13.5 for the Mile and 9:27 for the 2 Mile. Additionally, I am an Ohio State XC Champion (team). I think that the biggest issue that is holding me back is my red-green color deficiency. I was wondering what you guys think my chances are for receiving a waiver. I know it will be slim, but how slim? I appreciate any help you guys can give me. Thanks!
 

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They usually allow up to 20 waivers a year. Bottom line, if USNA is where you want to go, apply. If the coaches pursue you as a recruited athlete that can certainly help. If they decide to blue chip you, even a better chance.
 

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And probably not a good thing to use your real name (or other very specific background details) on any forum website.
 

GoCubbies

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Wow. Those are D1 recruitable times. Your PRs are at the rarified air level. If your grades are good, hit up Stanford or Duke.
 

usna_app

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They usually allow up to 20 waivers a year. Bottom line, if USNA is where you want to go, apply. If the coaches pursue you as a recruited athlete that can certainly help. If they decide to blue chip you, even a better chance.
Are you saying 20 waivers overall? Or 20 colorblind waivers?
 

NavyXC939

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Wow. Those are D1 recruitable times. Your PRs are at the rarified air level. If your grades are good, hit up Stanford or Duke.

Yeah I would certainly like those colleges, but I'd much rather go to a service academy!
 

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By law, no more than 2% of the class can be color deficient. A significant number of the waivers do go to recruited athletes, but that is dependent upon how much a coach pushes.

My 2020 Mid was not a recruited athlete but did receive a waiver. He was appointed in January. His record was exceptional, so he overcame big odds. The waiver came out of the blue, and he was notified oh his appointment the following week. It’s not that common that a recipient of a cd waiver doesn’t get in. Admissions knows what it’s doing when it asks for one. It’s not like a waiver for a broken leg. There’s no limit on those who can be appointed. Still, it’s not an absolute guarantee.

Your times are exceptional. I think you have an excellent chance.
 

NavyXC939

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By law, no more than 2% of the class can be color deficient. A significant number of the waivers do go to recruited athletes, but that is dependent upon how much a coach pushes.

My 2020 Mid was not a recruited athlete but did receive a waiver. He was appointed in January. His record was exceptional, so he overcame big odds. The waiver came out of the blue, and he was notified oh his appointment the following week. It’s not that common that a recipient of a cd waiver doesn’t get in. Admissions knows what it’s doing when it asks for one. It’s not like a waiver for a broken leg. There’s no limit on those who can be appointed. Still, it’s not an absolute guarantee.

Your times are exceptional. I think you have an excellent chance.

Thanks for your reply! It really helps!
 

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Good point. I'll just make another account for future threads.

Please just send a PM to Tacticalnuke, the site Administrator. He can change your screen name. Creating multiple accounts is not allowed by the forum rules.

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