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ā€¢ 01/16/2021 at 06:38PM

JV captain vs Varsity player?

I recently tried out for soccer and the coach talked to me after tryouts and said I have two options: I can be a captain on jv or a player on varsity. Iā€™m kinda stuck between which one I should choose, Im personally fine with playing on either but which one would colleges like better? (i'm a junior btw)

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ā€¢ 01/16/2021 at 06:42PM

Do you want to take on the extra leadership responsibilities of being a Captain on JV, or do you want to take on the harder competition as a player on varsity? Both will look good to colleges, and you don't want to pick one just for that reason. You should pick based on which you think you will enjoy more. Colleges might like JV Captain because it's a leadership role where you're inspiring your team, or they might like Varsity player because it shows you're good at your sport. I would assume colleges would like JV captain more, but that shouldn't be the main factor in your decision.

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@DebaterMAX01/16/2021 at 10:17PM

I agree but I want to point out if you want to play at colleges (and potentially get scholarships) you almost need to be varsity but if you aren't good enough or don't want to compete in college you should be a captain. It doesn't matter for club soccer though. Club is recreational between local colleges by the way.

ā€¢ 01/18/2021 at 03:32PM

Congrats on having two good options! As the others have said, it comes down to what you're looking for. If you feel that you don't have enough leadership so far, becoming JV captain could be great. If you'd rather show your athletic ability, playing varsity may be better. Colleges do like to see leadership, so JV captain may look slightly better (you'd be one person among the JV team with those extra responsibilities vs. one person with the same responsibilities as the rest of the varsity team). But please don't let this sway your decision if you think you'd be happier on varsity. Hope this helps, and best of luck!

ā€¢ 01/17/2021 at 03:39PM

I am a soccer player for my school in Florida and I suggest being a JV Captain if you really know what you are doing and want to help your team become stronger. Being a Varsity player includes skills you might want to learn and practice with your team. My friend is a Varsity player because he is good at what he does. He said, "it is not bad once you learn the basics and strategies your opponents try to use. So next time after practicing the move and figuring out alternatives, you could be able to do better."

So to me, you should find out what your strength is; practice with someone or on your own. It depends on you what you have accomplished already. According and adding to @ajdekonick's response, "It does not really matter which one would be better to colleges. Just trust your heart and choose what you are good at."

I hope this helps and good luck =)

Sorry if it did not...

ā€¢ 01/17/2021 at 08:15AM

It depends on your skill level and interest. If you think you can make varsity captain next year, then I don't see any reason not to go for varsity, especially since that will show growth in your college application. If you really like the sport, want to grow in it, and enjoy greater competition, then I think varsity would be the right call. However, if you like soccer as more of a recreational hobby and need experience in leadership, then JV might be the right call for you. Another consideration is where you can succeed the most. If you think you'll win more competitions with JV than with Varsity or vice versa, then that's something else to think about. I hope this helped!