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#1 vsproto


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Posted 09 August 2017 - 08:13 PM

How many teams take walk ons and how do you go about being a walk on?  Thanks

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Posted 09 August 2017 - 08:18 PM

The majority of college athletes are walk-ons, I think I read. Best to just contact the coach of a prospective program and ask about how that works.
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Posted 09 August 2017 - 08:28 PM

Start emailing coaches to inquire. There are different ways to do it and they depend on the program. Some are preferred walkons who the coach recruited, gave a spot to, but no scholarship. Some places have open qualifiers for students who want to try out. When I was exploring colleges a coach at a highly ranked school told me if I qualified for the US amateur and made match play I could have a preferred walk on spot (I wound up going somewhere else on a partial), and some coaches don't take walkons at all.


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Posted 09 August 2017 - 08:43 PM

I think it also depends on whether it's D1, D2, or D3.
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Posted 09 August 2017 - 09:45 PM

Well.... My college at a try-out. The date and time were advertised.  I showed up thinking I had a very, very remote chance to make the weak D1 team but might as well try.  There was no one there.  I called the coach.  "Oh, no one called you to tell we changed the try outs to last week?"  Uh, no.  I'm still bitter.  And it was a long time ago.

I think the coaches sort of know who why they want on the team and who they want to see play for themselves.  They don't want to exclude a guy who just had a bad round and take a guy who had a career round.  I understand that. But then don't advertise open tryouts for the golf team.


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Posted 10 August 2017 - 02:10 PM

I know a kid who wanted to try out at a D1 school, the coach told him they weren't interested in walk-ons or have tryouts.  D2 or under, maybe?


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