How playing athletics will make the adjustment to college overall much easier with built in friends

How playing athletics helps you adjust to college It doesn’t matter what level you plan to play sports at in college or how big your scholarship is, there is a great advantage to continue your athletic career somewhere after high school.  And while these athletics can help you for life with an outstanding work ethic and desire to succeed, the main reason I am writing this article is not that.

The reason that I feel for many that it is so important to continue your basketball or football career in college is because it helps you adjust quickly to the college level.  It doesn’t matter what sport you are playing and the season that the sport is in.  There are going to be meetings for that sport when you report to school where you will meet the other athletes.  And with chances high that there will be other freshman who are trying to adjust away from home, it will be a big benefit to have what I call built in friends.

Some recruits may already be ahead of the game because they become friends with other recruits during the recruiting process for their sport.  With Junior Days, game visits, and so many other things that may come up at the Division I level, chances are strong that unless you spent the entire time not talking to anyone but your parents, you are going to make friends.  The other recruits at the visit may be your competition for a scholarship but that doesn’t mean you are not going to be close to them in personality.

If you come to school not knowing anyone, I am willing to bet that many other freshmen on the team feel that same way.  This will help you bond and make friends earlier in your college career than those that do not play sports.  For football, soccer, and volleyball, these sports report in the majority of situations before school even starts.  What that means is you will have already been on campus for two weeks before the rest of the freshman report.

For baseball and softball, there are fall practices.  For basketball and wrestling, there will be meetings and open gyms/open wrestling to get adjusted to playing at the college level.  Many coaches, even at small schools, also try to get their recruits on campus at least for a week or two during the summer.  It may be during camps or something along that line.

While you may not end up playing that sport the four or five years you are at that school, the first friends you make who are likely in the same sport as you could become some of the best friends that you have in college.  So if you are on the fence about playing sports, obviously pick the school you want to go to first before thinking about athletics.  If things work out athletically to play football or wrestling or volleyball, I feel strongly that you might as well go for it.

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