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Joining college sports with no experience?

Hello! I've never really played any sports in high school, but I'm interested in joining a college sports team, like track or swimming. Is it possible to join without prior experience? How would I go about starting? Thanks for the help!

7 months ago

Absolutely, it's possible to join a college sports team without prior experience! While you probably wouldn't immediately make it onto a varsity team (although some sports, like sailing, are known for regularly taking "walk-ons"), many colleges offer club and intramural sports that welcome beginners. Here's a plan of action to help you get started:

1. Research the sports opportunities available at your college. Check the college's athletics website and look for information on club and intramural sports options. Note down which sports interest you, particularly track and swimming, and see if they're offered at the beginner level.

2. Get in shape before you join. You'll have a better chance of success and enjoy the sport more if you're in good physical condition. Start working out on a regular basis, focusing on building endurance, strength, and flexibility. For swimming, try spending some time in the pool practicing basic strokes.

3. Attend interest meetings or open practices. Many clubs will host informational meetings or open practices for interested students. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the sport, meet current team members, and get to know the coach.

4. Be proactive in reaching out. Don't hesitate to email the team's coach or president to express your interest and ask any questions. They'll likely appreciate your initiative and can provide guidance on next steps.

5. Commit to learning and improvement. Understand that starting a new sport can be challenging, but if you put in the time and effort, you'll make progress. Attend practices consistently, ask for feedback, and work on refining your skills both during and outside of practice.

6. Don't be afraid to try other sports. If you find that track or swimming isn't the right fit for you, explore other sports that your college offers. Being open to new experiences can lead you to discover new passions and make lasting connections with fellow students.

Remember, the most important aspect is to have fun and enjoy the experience of being part of a team. Give it your best shot, and good luck!

7 months ago

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