Do any parents or others have some insights to this question? We have a first year student at a Service Academy who was recruited but not blue chipped in multiple sports. The individual is on a varsity sport, thinking its time to quit, but facing significant pressure from coaches, and even within the company (some on same team) to stay. The student's view is: "I came here to serve my country, learn to be good officer and get a good education so I am prepared for a time my country might not need my service. Varsity sports however takes so much time away from my ability to keep up with my studies (and when we travel we often don't have internet access and most of my homework is done on-line) and its not a good work out that helps me with my PRT... I need to find other free time to work-out to be able to max out. This also takes time away from my company, my leadership roles and it really does not help me accomplish anything I care about relative to why I came here. I may be good at it and I kinda like this sport but I don't love it so much that its a sanity break. But there is so much pressure from all sides to not quit. To quit is to be viewed as being a failure." As parent's our counsel is to quit. Go do a club sport you love, that fits better with your schedule, helps you with the PRT, and allows you to focus on the leadership roles and really challenging academics (tough engineering major). Even if you have to take a hit for quitting , take the short term hit ASAP (even mid-semester) for the long term gain. Basically, if you don't love it - leave it. Fast. Is this good or bad counsel?