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I am 16 years old and a junior in High School. For all my life, I have played baseball. Everyone in my family has played. I'm not trying to sounds full of myself, but I would say that I'm pretty good. As I approach my final two years of high school, I have run across a decision to make. My high school takes baseball very seriously. We have intense practices and training sessions that are VERY difficult for everyone who participates. The first week of tryouts is known as "hell week" because of the intense training we must perform in order to make the team. This year, a new student has moved into the city that plays the same position as me. He is also a year older than me. With freshman and sophmores combined, there are 5 other kids that play my position. As tryouts approach, I am having to make the decision of whether or not to continue playing baseball. I have friends who have stopped playing and they are telling me how great it is because of the free time. But, I am stumbled on what decision to make. I love playing every minute of the game and I know I would for sure miss it if I stopped playing. But, I would also receive more time to spend with friends and focus on colleges and school work and not have to endure the intense training.
So, I am split on what to do with my decision and your input would be greatly appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: Feb 10th, 2014, 1:33pm »

I ran into the same problem when I was in high school (though it was with soccer). I chose not to continue, even though I loved the sport, for several reasons.

1. Your academics in high school are super important! You are right to think that a sport will be demanding. It really is. I have a sibling in high school now playing basketball and they are up late every night trying to finish homework for the next day. Colleges look at grades first but they also look at whether or not you were involved which brings me to reason number two...

2. You still need to get involved. I am not saying that just for the sake of college applications but for yourself as well. There are plenty of things you can do inside and out of school. Join a club. If you don't find one you like, make a club (major college points there). Find a way to get involved in your community (more major points there). An ongoing service project is a great example. I got a two year full ride to college just for academics and community service and all I did was assist in an after school study program. Get your friends involved too. Even if you don't like the task itself, make it fun with the people you like to be with.
But you don't have to miss baseball. Talk to the coach about running stats for the baseball team. You can still hang out with the team, occasionally help with practice maybe but you will have plenty of time for your friends and your studies.
Check around your area for unofficial leagues. Sometimes they will have them at sport centers. I know they had those for soccer but I am sure they have them for base ball too. Go to batting cages on weekends (get a job there maybe). Help coach grade school leagues. You don't have to miss it if you don't want to.

These are just reasons that I chose not to continue. Plenty of people do continue and they go to college on sports scholarships. You aren't giving up baseball. You are choosing to make it a profession that will take you through college or making it a hobby. My suggestion is don't. It really sucks for a bit and you will wonder whether you made the right choice but it gets better. The fact that you are having this debate with yourself just shows that you are a well thought out guy. You will do great with whatever you do.
Good luck.
Let me know if I can help more.
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« Reply #2 on: Feb 10th, 2014, 1:34pm »

I ran into the same problem when I was in high school (though it was with soccer). I chose not to continue, even though I loved the sport, for several reasons.

1. Your academics in high school are super important! You are right to think that a sport will be demanding. It really is. I have a sibling in high school now playing basketball and they are up late every night trying to finish homework for the next day. Colleges look at grades first but they also look at whether or not you were involved which brings me to reason number two...

2. You still need to get involved. I am not saying that just for the sake of college applications but for yourself as well. There are plenty of things you can do inside and out of school. Join a club. If you don't find one you like, make a club (major college points there). Find a way to get involved in your community (more major points there). An ongoing service project is a great example. I got a two year full ride to college just for academics and community service and all I did was assist in an after school study program. Get your friends involved too. Even if you don't like the task itself, make it fun with the people you like to be with.
But you don't have to miss baseball. Talk to the coach about running stats for the baseball team. You can still hang out with the team, occasionally help with practice maybe but you will have plenty of time for your friends and your studies.
Check around your area for unofficial leagues. Sometimes they will have them at sport centers. I know they had those for soccer but I am sure they have them for base ball too. Go to batting cages on weekends (get a job there maybe). Help coach grade school leagues. You don't have to miss it if you don't want to.

These are just reasons that I chose not to continue. Plenty of people do continue and they go to college on sports scholarships. You aren't giving up baseball. You are choosing to make it a profession that will take you through college or making it a hobby. My suggestion is don't. It really sucks for a bit and you will wonder whether you made the right choice but it gets better. The fact that you are having this debate with yourself just shows that you are a well thought out guy. You will do great with whatever you do.
Good luck.
Let me know if I can help more.
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