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Do sports make a big difference in college apps? (I didn't make tryouts)

CadmissionsnerdzCadmissionsnerdz Registered User Posts: 67 Junior Member
I am absolutely devastated right now. I just came home from soccer tryouts at my school and currently im a Freshman. I played decent and did what I was supposed to be doing. But, i was cut because 40 other people were trying out for the team with 22 players. I was really sad because soccer is my favorite hobby and I can't play it at school level.

When I went to my car I was really sad and my parents asked me if I made the team and I said no. Then, they gave me a very bad look and got very mad at me. While we were going home they kept saying how I didn't try enough at the tryouts and was screaming about how Im not useful at all. Then they started saying that Im not gonna get into a good college now because I don't have a sport and they made me pretty nervous.

These are some clubs im already doing:
American red cross
HOSA (competitive medical club)
United Med

I can try out next year but another option is to take a class like honors and AP physics in my Junior and Senior year. But I have a long way and right now I'm shattered.
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Replies to: Do sports make a big difference in college apps? (I didn't make tryouts)

  • gardenstategalgardenstategal Registered User Posts: 4,320 Senior Member
    Probably everyone here can relate to your story and feels for you. Whether it's not making a team, not getting a part in a play, or not getting a job, getting turned down feels rotten. But pat yourself on the back for putting yourself out there! And it's normal to feel shattered for a bit so don't worry about how you are feeling.

    If you lived in my town, you would now play soccer in our town league and most of the other players would be decent players who had also been cut from the competitive school team. And you might get certified as a ref for youth soccer and make some extra money reffing games.

    Feel bad for a few days and then think of the gift of time you have been given and decide how you would like to use it. Was there something else you haven't had time for? It may not have be what you planned but it might be great all the same.
  • itachasukeitachasuke Registered User Posts: 63 Junior Member
    edited October 4
    Hey man it’s ok. The same thing happened to me this summer when I was trying out for tennis. I had practiced all summer and I really loved the sport (I had been playing for 3 years) however 9th grade was my gap year and that year I couldn’t attend tryouts, so I had to take a stupid class called “Intramural Tennis”. Then this summer when I went to tryouts I didn’t realize how competitive people were, and half the kids there were freshman who had done 10-15 USTA tournaments. I tried my best but nevertheless got cut. I felt exactly the same way you’re feeling right now, but you have to realize sooner or later that there are no extracurriculars that can get you into a good college just because your did them (for example sports are NOT required to get into a good college). This point in your high school career is very important because you still have a chance to start fresh; I noticed that you seem to be really interested in Medical extracurriculars, and my suggestion is that you start going further in that direction and really put a lot of time and effort into it (you’re doing HOSA so maybe take some health science/medical classes and compete in some competitions) colleges will see that and hopefully admit you! You should also not forget that extracurriculars are not everything; you also need to present the college with desirable grades and most of all a positive attitude. I wish you the best of luck in your future pursuits!
  • CadmissionsnerdzCadmissionsnerdz Registered User Posts: 67 Junior Member
    @itachasuke I honestly don't feel that I can get in a good college now. My parents have called me "good for nothing" because I don't have a sport as an EC and my GPA as for now is 3.5 and im trying to slowly raise it to 3.8. I feel really depressed rn and I feel like I have no use in this world.
  • itachasukeitachasuke Registered User Posts: 63 Junior Member
    Like I said, you don’t have to worry about getting into a “good college” right now. Your main focus right now should be making the best grades you possibly can without burning yourself out and trying out new extracurriculars. Don’t let your GPA make you feel like you have no contribution to make to the world. You have a lot of time, so enjoy it while you still can. Your next three years of high school will be really tough so it’s very important that you develop a growth mindset as early as possible. Learn from your mistakes on quizzes/tests, don’t be afraid to ask for help, do all your homework, go to tutorials, do whatever it takes to make the best grade you possibly can. Don’t let the toxic atmosphere of high school get to you.
  • CheddarcheeseMNCheddarcheeseMN Registered User Posts: 2,815 Senior Member
    I'm sorry, OP. Is there another sport you can try that doesn't require a lot of experience or that is trying to recruit more players? Frisbee, cross country, or mountain biking, for example. Our family friend was cut from volleyball and tried a new sport instead. She got in really great shape, did some vball camps over the next year, and then made the team.
  • momtogirls2momtogirls2 Registered User Posts: 477 Member
    My nephew didn't play a sport or do any type of physical ec. He also didn't do activities like art/music/drama etc. He was a tutor, did model UN, and was on a fun non competitive chess club. He did other things like some volunteer work for NHS but nothing on a big level. He did National History Day projects because school required them. He didn't have a formal volunteer position but helped out a lot in the school library.

    Not having a sport did not stop him from getting into Brown and he was waitlisted at Harvard. He just graduated from Brown. He also got into other good schools though he did get rejected from Tufts. While you may not get into every school you try for I doubt it will be due to lack of playing a sport.
  • KnowsstuffKnowsstuff Registered User Posts: 1,167 Senior Member
    Unless you are s recruited athlete, sports won't make a difference. But if you want to play many area's have intermural leagues or city leagues. Check those out. Your grade is great and something to build on. To prove your parents wrong, email any admissions counselor at any college and ask if being on a soccer team will increase your chances on admissions and show them the reply.
  • CadmissionsnerdzCadmissionsnerdz Registered User Posts: 67 Junior Member
    @happy1 @itachasuke do you guys think that perhaps doing a class like honors and AP physics will be good to replace PE/athletics Junior and Senior year? After Sophomore year I don't have to do PE
  • svlab112svlab112 Registered User Posts: 438 Member
    edited October 5
    My D who just graduated from college in May sustained an injury freshman year is HS that prevented her from playing sports. She has played since she was 6 years old.

    She found other ways to express herself. She started photography and entered some photos at our country fair and won. She taught herself guitar and started performing at the local senior center. She got a part-time job.

    Perhaps try some other activity
  • eb23282eb23282 Registered User Posts: 182 Junior Member
    To answer your question, no.

    More importantly, there is a place for you in this world. You matter.
  • happy1happy1 Forum Champion Parents, Forum Champion Admissions Posts: 22,222 Forum Champion
    To answer your question: 1) As a general rule top colleges want to see HS students take a sequence of bio, chem and physics in HS. 2) Since you will not be a recruited athlete academics are more important than sports participation.

    BUT again you are rushing things. You are a freshman. It is too early to be plotting out your junior/senior year science courses. See how you do in science/math during freshman and sophomore years, discuss course options available in your HS with your guidance counselor, and then make a determination as to what class will be appropriate.
  • rickle1rickle1 Registered User Posts: 1,094 Senior Member
    It appears most useful suggestions to OP have been made. All i would add is, OP you need to add a very critical life skill to your repertoire. It's called Being Present - and is hard to do for everyone. You're a freshmen in HS. Be Present and enjoy the many things there are to enjoy about HS. Play sports, don't play sports. Attend football (and other sports) games. Got to school plays or be in one! Got to home coming dances and other structured events. Be a 14 yr old kid.

    Having an eye on the future is great, but at your age it should be more like a quarter of one eye with the rest on the present and ENJOY the journey. Don't waste your four years worrying about the next four years.
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