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Full Send or No Send Soccer?

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  • Groundwork2022Groundwork2022 1792 replies20 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,812 Senior Member
    ^In your first post you weren't sure you could balance two things (academics and soccer). Now you've added a third: geography. That still doesn't convince me that a public ivy for CS is a viable backup plan. No college will care how you place in geography competitions unless you also have the right grades and test scores. My point is, as other posters have mentioned, for a top college - and especially for a top CS program - you need to have the whole package. It is not an either/or choice.
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  • Happy4uHappy4u 208 replies2 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 210 Junior Member
    What brings you joy? Most of the successful ivy college recruits I know had so much passion for their sport that you couldn't keep them off the practice field. Yes, their grades might have suffered (slightly). It doesn't mean they weren't still academically qualified. Pursue what you are passionate about - your happiness matters.
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  • squ1rrelsqu1rrel 311 replies21 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 332 Member
    @Groundwork2022 My grades are still up there...I don't spend time on geography anymore. That was just a middle school thing. My test scores will be fine; and my grades are stellar.
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  • cinnamon1212cinnamon1212 240 replies2 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 242 Junior Member
    Pursuing college soccer is extremely demanding. First, you will have to play at a high level, which means club or academy soccer, or possibly ODP though I know nothing about that.

    It sounds like your level of play has declined (not staying on varsity is a red flag) so you will want to practice, hitting a ball against a wall, finding YouTube videos on soccer skills and then doing the drills, finding pick up games on your own time, in addition to playing club. To make up lost ground you would practice every day, ideally.

    I would guess this would take 8-15 hours a week, at least.

    The biggest predictor of success is not talent, but drive. If you don't have that drive (and nothing wrong with that!) I would not try for soccer to help with college.

    As an aside you have to be a strong D1 level player to be recruited to the Ivy League, it is not easy to achieve that level, and 99% of soccer players out there don't.

    Also PS your Dad is right about those camps. Although, you could pick one that is known to give evaluations and this would tell you where you stand regarding recruitment, so that probably would be a valuable first step.
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  • CC AdminCC Admin 29516 replies2971 discussionsAdministrator Posts: 32,487 Senior Member
    This discussion was created from comments split from: Soccer Conundrum.
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  • TS0104TS0104 818 replies26 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 844 Member
    Here's what I'm thinking...you're not sure that you can balance soccer and academics in high school. Yet if you "use" soccer to increase your chances at an Ivy, and it works, you then have to play soccer in college...a world where balancing academics and sports is much, much harder, at an Ivy no less. Your current concerns should show you that playing soccer at an Ivy is not a great fit for you. So play soccer if you want, but not solely to help you get into an Ivy, and seriously consider 1) If an Ivy is a good match for you and 2) if you could handle soccer and academics in college, if it is tough now.
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  • dadof4kidsdadof4kids 599 replies58 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 657 Member
    Lots of thoughts bouncing in my head, here are a few. Also, I don't know men's soccer specifically. My comments are for college athletes and hopefuls generally.

    If you are truly recruitable, you get some slack cut on your academics. Not a lot, but a legit D1 starter with a few B's gets the Ivy coach's slot over the 1600 SAT, 4.0 student who is a solid off the bench player. I don't know exactly where the line is, and soccer is a sport with lots of smart kids. But I know my kid was recruited hard in a different non-helmet sport by several Ivies with a sub 30 ACT and a few B's. Without coach help it would have been a waste of money to apply, he isn't even a 1% chance, he is an automatic deny. All of the coaches basically said that the better you are, the less academics matter, within reason. All also had some absolute floors they couldn't go below, no matter how athletically talented you are. My point here is if your academics suffer but just a very little bit, you are probably ok.

    A smart Asian kid interested in CS is a brutal demographic to apply with if you don't have a hook. The reality is that every Ivy could fill up a class with that demographic and still turn talented kids away. I'm not saying that you couldn't get into a top school, many do. But you are competing for a limited number of slots with a large group of very talented and accomplished peers.

    If you don't love it though, it probably isn't worth it. Your sport will consume your life to an extent, both is HS and college. My S couldn't conceive of a different way to do it. But 99% of people (including me) couldn't handle that lifestyle. There are MANY sacrifices that will be made.

    My understanding of CS is that it is a very "results" oriented field. If you are from podunk Community College but you can code, you can get a job over a Harvard grad.

    Good luck.


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  • squ1rrelsqu1rrel 311 replies21 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 332 Member
    @GKUnion I really appreciate your reply. I'm not sure I could do that for so long...4 hours of sleep just isn't healthy. Transportation is not an issue; my dad stays home. It's all about whether or not I have the dedication to do so, and I'm not sure I have it.
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  • SevenDadSevenDad 4236 replies135 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 4,371 Senior Member
    I have a D1 athlete in her first year at an academically selective U. Here's what I tell everyone who thinks they/their kid should do a sport "to help with college admissions". If that is the sole or primary reason you are doing/encouraging your kid to do the sport...stop.

    Because what if, in the Fall/Spring of your Senior year in HS, you haven't been recruited to the schools you have been targeting? Or at all? What if doing that sport hasn't made a difference in your college admission results? Will you have considered all the time and money spent on it over the past few years a waste? I would hate to think that.

    As others have chimed in above...you have to do it because you love it.
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  • recruitparentrecruitparent 41 replies2 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 43 Junior Member
    I agree with @SevenDad's advice. If the sole purpose of playing is to get into college, stop.
    I have seen parents and kids put too much into specialization and club teams that they gave up and lost out on other benefits and memories from HS. They may end up playing in college and feel good announcing the commitment but the school is often a school they could have got into even without the sports and sometimes could even have walked onto the team.
    Your college opportunities including for playing a sport are exponentially increased if you have good grades.

    Very good advice at the end from @GKUnion too.
    Side note, not sure how to put that genie back in the bottle but what @GKUnion describes I feel this is of one of the problems with youth sports and confirms my feeling that soccer is one the worst culprits My experience is that soccer coaches and the soccer community often promote and encourage soccer players to specialize in just soccer. I even question how much measurable impact playing soccer 10 months a yr. makes vs.playing in-season and mixing in some lighter off season league or training.
    I may be old school and I understand each sport is different but I feel a lot of coaches notice the naturally gifted athletes (some even like multi-sport athletes) and they can coach up the skills but can't coach athleticism.
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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 41279 replies445 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 41,724 Senior Member
    edited April 11
    Be aware that geography in college has NOTHING to do with geography bee, just like being good at multiplication is unrelated to being a math major. Have you taken AP HumanGeo? It's a tiny glimpse into what a light freshman geography course would be like. AP HumanGeo and APES would give you an idea of what geography is like.

    You don't need to keep up ECs (except volunteering if possible) if you do academy soccer. You will need 6-8 APs (total) including a high level in math for both C's and economics.
    edited April 11
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  • MidwestmomofboysMidwestmomofboys 3949 replies27 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3,976 Senior Member
    @GKUnion Agree -- I realized my D3 kid was different from the rest of the family when he was outside in the middle of Midwest winter at age 6 kicking the ball because he said his left leg wasn't as strong as his right.

    Whether sport, ballet, music -- some kids are wired so that they thrive on the practice, find it exhilarating, or at least deeply satisfying, to put in hours a day, because it is so much a part of who they are.
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