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HylJam23

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I have been a member of my Track and Field team for two years, and am debating on doing it this year. In the fall, I play golf. I do not like track very much and am not expecting to letter. I would like to join the local golf course and play every day to improve my golf game. I am wondering whether this is a dumb idea. I want to get accepted into the Naval Academy and am unsure of the importance of sports. I also participate in swimming in the winter, so track would be the only season im not in a sport. Is this an issue?
Should I do track anyways bag the golf idea?
Thanks,
Jim
 

Cycling1222

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Jim, do not totally bag the golf idea. The importance of sports for the academy, other than fitness is to show dedication and determination. If from golf you will have a way to show the academy that you are good at it, determined at it, and dedicated to it, than ide say go for it. However without titles, awards, or rankings, it would be very difficult to show the academy that you were not just "out hitting a few balls"
 

popeyesmom

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Jim - I wouldn't necessarily give up on the track--you really need to be spending time running because you will do a lot of it at the Academy. It will keep you in great physical condition. Cycling1222 is right though - you should try to excel in at least one of your sports--lettering if you can. Depending on how your school awards letters, track can be very difficult to letter in but it will keep you in shape.
 

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I am on the swim team and cross country team... and I'm hoping to joining the triathlon team... theres another option!
 

HylJam23

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I do like the triathlon idea! I love cycling and did a triathlon last year! Thanks slot though guys! The reasoning for playing golf would be so I could excel in it, though It is hard to determine if I actually will. I am a very active individual and I won't hesitate to run on my own, but I don't know how they would know that I'm not just sitting around.
 

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Keep on Tracking

I have been a member of my Track and Field team for two years, and am debating on doing it this year. In the fall, I play golf. I do not like track very much and am not expecting to letter. I would like to join the local golf course and play every day to improve my golf game. I am wondering whether this is a dumb idea. I want to get accepted into the Naval Academy and am unsure of the importance of sports. I also participate in swimming in the winter, so track would be the only season im not in a sport. Is this an issue?

The admissions folks like to see consistency and long-termed persistence. Since the Academy experience is a four-year marathon, those things that you have done for long periods of time carry weight. They are looking for folks who don't quit when it is unpleasant, or the rewards seem unreachable.

Being on the Track team will give you less time to focus on golf, but it shows that you stick with your commitments.
 
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