I don't know what to do. I've played 3 varsity sports since my freshman year of high school, but when it came down to applying to college, I wanted to focus on my major and not what division or sport they offer like several of my friends. Now that I've decided on a school, there is the option of doing a club sport or varsity sport. I've talked to the coach, and she is more than willing to take me on her team...
Now, two things: 1) I'm afraid I'll be better off playing club since its not really a commitment and I can fully focus my time into school 2) I'm afraid I'll be so bored and have so much free time that I'll regret never playing a varsity sport for the school
What should I pick?
Posts: 4 | From: london | Registered: Mar 2008
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As someone who plays a varsity sport in college, I strongly advocate playing, but only if you are willing to dedicate the time.
Club sports are great in that they allow people to play who A) just want to have fun, and/or B) who still want to play but just don't have the time to dedicate to playing a varsity level sport.
It also depends on the division the school you're going to plays in. I'm tranferring next year to a smaller school that plays in two small-school conferences, and will continue to play varsity soccer there, but where I'm at now is a D1, and we traveled all over the east coast this past season. You tend to miss lots of class for extended periods of time OR you are gone on the weekends for games and don't get that time for homework, and if you aren't the organized type or have taken on a fuller course load, you might have a hard time keeping up (most schools don't considered sports practice as an excused absence from class, either). If you are going to play for a smaller school that isn't entered into a big division, than a varsity sport might work out better for you, as competition tends to be closer and away games aren't as far away.
Keep in mind, you can try both. If you play club the first year and find you have more time than you though, go out for varsity the next year.
I just joined a community soccer league. I didn't play in college, but i started playing with people who played college intramurals. If you just lvoe the game, that's all you need. NCAA sports (I went to a big school, so my perspective may be skewed) seemed to be the domain of scholarship students whose primary purpose really seemed to be sports (maintaining grades was secondary).
Just with the time i spent studying, i don't see how you'd be bored with only a club sport to play. If you get bored, join other clubs or take more classes. somehow, i doubt this'll be necessary, though.
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