Deciding to quit basketball, but continuing weightlifting

TakeruR

New Member
I was on the JV basketball team for 3 years and the Olympic weightlifting team for my junior year (still a junior). Will it affect my chances of getting in next year if I quit basketball? I know that if I continue next year, I will be on varsity, but there is major problems going on in the team and some other stuff... I am still planning on doing Weightlifting and going to several meets to get medals.

Does it look bad that I am quitting one sport and continuing on with another one?

I am taking took 2 AP classes, did one last year, planning to take 3 AP tests this year by self-studying for one. I got a 35 on my ACT and also planning to take 5 APs next year, so I'm not sure how much it will affect my chances.
 

Hoodlum15

Member
If I recall correctly, USAFA only asks for your 9-11th grade activities on the application so it shouldn't matter.

I wouldn't be too concerned, especially since you're sticking with another sport that you enjoy success in. Furthermore, don't do something purely from an application stand point. Don't do something that makes you miserable because it looks good on an application.

Enjoy your senior year, stay competitive in weight lifting, and if quitting basketball frees up some time, pursue something else you're interested in.
 

ZoomingThunder

New Member
They will ask about senior year activity, but I quit my fall sport senior year and it didn't cause a problem. Depending on your school's requirements, it might be worth it to at least show up to enough basketball practices/games to get the varsity letter if none is available for weightlifting, as the letter adds points. But like Hoodlum said, don't make yourself miserable. Hope everything works out.
 

Artillery

Member
I was on the JV basketball team for 3 years and the Olympic weightlifting team for my junior year (still a junior). Will it affect my chances of getting in next year if I quit basketball? I know that if I continue next year, I will be on varsity, but there is major problems going on in the team and some other stuff... I am still planning on doing Weightlifting and going to several meets to get medals.

Does it look bad that I am quitting one sport and continuing on with another one?

I am taking took 2 AP classes, did one last year, planning to take 3 AP tests this year by self-studying for one. I got a 35 on my ACT and also planning to take 5 APs next year, so I'm not sure how much it will affect my chances.
I mean, they look for leadership more than numbers. For example, you could be in every single team offered at your school, but do each badly, and thus it wouldn't matter much to them. If they have a captain spot for weightlifting, that'd help out even more than being on baseball. I mean, you've got the varsity for that team next year, too. But don't, as others have said, make yourself miserable. I was varsity on swimming for my freshman and sophomore year, but I hated it, so I quit. It doesn't look like it mattered that much.

Also you seem to be more than academically qualified so it shouldn't really make that much of a difference.

Good Luck!
 

Wishful

"Land of the free, because of the brave..."
5-Year Member
Have you taken your PFT? You may want to structure your workouts to maximize your score for this important test. I am making an assumption about your body type as a competitive weightlifter (respectfully) & want you to do well in all phases of the test.
 

mommahedg

Parent
I also would advise you to stay with what drives you and what you can lead. Your ACT is great. You will also want to make sure you interview well with your ALO so have someone work with you on that. That combined with a strong CFA should bode well for your chances. It certainly takes a "whole package" to be nominated. One thing you cannot control is the level of competition from other candidates vying for the same nominations. Stay in here and keep asking questions. Best of luck!
 

parktrack

"Hoov!" "Target In Sight"
USAFA stuff aside, enjoy your senior year and don't look back on it with regret that you did or did not participate in a sport activity.
 
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