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Can intramural become a varsity athlete?

henry397henry397 Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
Av searched everywhere for an answer but I hope I get one here. Av been wanting to know if one can become a varsity athlete if he/she is very good at intramural level or better still is getting recruited before college enrollment the only way to become a varsity athlete or can become after getting enrolled before? Please help out with this

Replies to: Can intramural become a varsity athlete?

  • intparentintparent Registered User Posts: 29,561 Senior Member
    Some teams take walk-ins to fill out their roster or so they have practice players. But there are still try-outs for those spots, and at a bigger school there are a lot more people who want those spots than are available. A Division III athletics school is going to be easier to walk into than a higher level team, but odds still aren't great.
  • henry397henry397 Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    So then apart from contacting coaches for recruitment, can recruitment be done once admitted and b4 enrollment?
  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone Registered User Posts: 14,121 Senior Member
    What are you trying to achieve? Many people want help with admissions from the coach, so that's obviously a benefit that's gone once you've been admitted. Others want an athletic scholarship, and that can still be awarded if the coach has any money left in his pot, but many do not once the already recruited athletes sign.

    Many other students just want to participate on the team. If you are one of those, why would it matter if you are recruited between May and September or just walk-on?

    You ask if recruitment can be done 'apart from contacting coaches.' I don't know know another way for an athlete to be recruited other than contacting the coaches. If you are asking is it is allowed to contact the coach once you are admitted, yes it is. If you are asking if it is common, no it is not. Most student athletes are either recruited before acceptance or try to walk on at the fall/spring try outs when school starts.
  • OnTrack2013OnTrack2013 Registered User Posts: 218 Junior Member
    If you are still deciding on what school to attend, but are already admitted, you can certainly contact the coach to ask if there will be tryouts for your sport or if the coach even takes walk-ons. You can’t just show up, even if you are already a student at the school. Participating in try-outs will typically require that you have a physical and paperwork submitted with the athletic department ahead of time. Also, not all schools publicize when tryouts are taking place.

    I have two sons in college, one a recruited athlete, one not. The son who was not recruited, went to tryouts for his sport, but he knew ahead of time that it was unlikely that he would make the team. He picked his school because it was a good fit academically. He contacted the coach the summer before he attended and was put on a communication e-mail list and notified prior to coming to campus when tryouts were scheduled. Tryouts were held 2 weeks into fall semester for a winter/spring sport and of a group of 14 athletes trying out, none made the team. This was however a D1 state flagship school and the coach was upfront and told them the odds of making the team were very low. My son still participates on occasion in intramurals and there is absolutely no overlap between the varsity teams and intramurals.
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