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Posted 29 November 2017 - 12:43 PM

My son got an verbal invitation to try out for the local high school team. I looked at the game schedule of last year and found that most games were played on week days from March to May. He would miss many schools - probably one day per week .

Does playing on high school team help when it comes to college recruitment? Is it worth it considering the missed classes?


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Posted 29 November 2017 - 12:45 PM

In a word, yes.

Part of his education goes well beyond the boundaries of a classroom or a textbook.

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 12:51 PM

team golf is a character builder

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 12:54 PM

Yes it helps to go to college golf, just like any other sport, it's a resume builder.

If he's got half a brain, missing 1 day of school per week shouldn't be an issue.

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 12:55 PM

Absolutely worth it. If nothing else than for the relatively free golf and the camaraderie with teammates. I met so many cool people, and not so cool ones, via the golf team, and it helps teach you how to deal with such people later on in life. As to college recruitment, that varies depending on where you are and what level you're aiming for. I've read of some people saying high school and Junior golf is worthless for certain schools like D1, but I didn't know of a single high end high school player that didn't have some sort of contact from schools.


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Posted 29 November 2017 - 01:00 PM

When I played, all of our matches with the exception of 1 tournament per year (plus districts, regionals and States - if I'd ever gotten there - were after school. Same with practices.

In terms of recruitment...it gives an opportunity to post competitive scores for coaches to take notice of. But I'd imagine the AJGA, etc. events carry more weight.

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 01:02 PM

Yes, it will prepare him for his future in College, tournament environment and situations, plus it is great to represent your school...
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Posted 29 November 2017 - 01:05 PM

In most cases, yes absolutely. However, many state athletic associations restrict the number of "outside competition" one can participate in, so that might be something to look into.

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 01:07 PM

It would be better if he missed even more school. Traditional "School" does very little to prepare anyone for anything except sitting quietly and regurgitating information.

But don't worry, he will still have to make up any missed work.

When I was in high school all of our matches were after school in the afternoon, except regionals and State.

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 01:13 PM

I'd look more closely into the missing school part of this equation.  My high school experience matches that of others who've posted, namely that we practices and played matches after school hours.  Even away matches with decent travel distance was played after school.

Regarding golf and college, I can't image that playing high school golf could hurt in the recruiting process.  More reps, more scores, more and different competition...

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 01:36 PM

There is definitely significant time conflict with school hours. In here the matches are all in April and May, and most start at around noon. The bus typically leaves at 9 or 10 am.

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 01:42 PM

I wouldn't want my kid to miss classes once a week for any sport, regardless of their prospects. Education takes priority.
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Posted 29 November 2017 - 01:44 PM

 Aquila, on 29 November 2017 - 01:42 PM, said:

I wouldn't want my kid to miss classes once a week for any sport, regardless of their prospects. Education takes priority.

So no HS sports whatsoever?

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 01:52 PM

I don't think there are any sports where participating for a high school team is a requirement to play at the collegiate level

Some of the best junior athletes in our area are/were home schooled (and thereby not able to compete for a high school team)

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 01:52 PM

 leezer99, on 29 November 2017 - 01:44 PM, said:

 Aquila, on 29 November 2017 - 01:42 PM, said:

I wouldn't want my kid to miss classes once a week for any sport, regardless of their prospects. Education takes priority.

So no HS sports whatsoever?
golf is the worst considering the short day light and the match hours. Any other sports are way better especially the indoor sports eg basketball hockey- there is very little conflict with school hours.


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Posted 29 November 2017 - 01:57 PM

 Aquila, on 29 November 2017 - 01:42 PM, said:

I wouldn't want my kid to miss classes once a week for any sport, regardless of their prospects. Education takes priority.
All due respect... High school is a total joke when it comes to:

A) teaching you real life skills
B) preparing you for the work force
C) how to study and prepare to be in college

This coming from a now engineer who took mostly AP classes in high school and went to a nice private college. I'd gladly miss 1 day of high school school per week for 8 weeks to get a chance to participate in a competitive school sports team, especially if I was half way decent and the team got any kind of notoriety and I maybe planned to play in college. 30-40% of a kid's school day is just fluff - Gym class, study hall, lunch... etc.

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 02:14 PM

With meeting you and knowing who you and your son are, I would say no.  As a 12 year old 7th grader I don't think it is a wise decision because of school.  If he were a 9th grader, the decision is a no-brainer, go and play.  I also don't see how him playing from 6300 yards to 6600 yards is going to help him any at this stage.  As an 8th grader I think the decision may change.  The question recently has been asked on here is it better to be a fish in the big pond or the big fish in the small pond.  In this case, I would say pass on being the little fish in the big pond.

Playing High School golf will do nothing to help him going to college unless he plays in Regionals (maybe) or State (definitely).  Kids on a high school golf team going to college are doing so because of what they have done outside of high school.  Most of the better players are using high school golf as a practice season.  This is when they are trying new things because their Scores DO NOT COUNT.  High School scores are not posted anywhere.  Junior Golf Scoreboard stopped posting High School scores 3 years ago.  College Coaches will never see a high school score unless they happen to find one in a news paper somewhere.  College Coaches (D1 D2) do not care about high school golf.  The distances are short and the competition is usually pretty weak.

If it were my boy, he wouldn't be playing as a 7th grader and I know he would have played as the number 5 on our high school team this year which finished 8th in the state.

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 02:15 PM

 CTgolf, on 29 November 2017 - 01:52 PM, said:

I don't think there are any sports where participating for a high school team is a requirement to play at the collegiate level

Some of the best junior athletes in our area are/were home schooled (and thereby not able to compete for a high school team)

Football is it anymore.  You are 100% correct on the rest of the sports.

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 02:17 PM

 Aquila, on 29 November 2017 - 01:42 PM, said:

I wouldn't want my kid to miss classes once a week for any sport, regardless of their prospects. Education takes priority.

Neuqua?  Naperville Central or North?

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 02:20 PM

 heavy_hitter, on 29 November 2017 - 02:15 PM, said:

 CTgolf, on 29 November 2017 - 01:52 PM, said:

I don't think there are any sports where participating for a high school team is a requirement to play at the collegiate level

Some of the best junior athletes in our area are/were home schooled (and thereby not able to compete for a high school team)

Football is it anymore.  You are 100% correct on the rest of the sports.
I've been out of the game for a while but when I was a senior in HS, (12yrs ago) HS baseball was some what important to college recruitment. I was in the largest state division in NY and when we played the other top teams, we've have college scouts show up. Few MLB every now and then too to watch some of the obvious big name D1 picks. This was also the case during summer private league too, so I just assume that in that specific case all those years ago, it was about equally as important. Of course... this topic is about golf which is totally different. I had no idea this kid was only in 7th grade.

And as far as it being a requirement... for baseball.. most of the "Regional" teams were comprised all of kids who played on the high school team. If it's April or May (high school season time) and you're not on a team... it's because you're NOT good.. Unlike hockey or something where most of the really good kids opt to play for their area Select team instead. For football... it's the same thing around where I grew up. HS or you didn't play, period.

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 02:23 PM

Lettering on the High School Varsity Golf Team for 6 years (grades 7-12) would be a nice resume builder for college applications for admission, since it is extremely uncommon/unusual

So I think that is a relevant consideration IMHO

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 02:31 PM

View PostZ1ggy16, on 29 November 2017 - 02:20 PM, said:

View Postheavy_hitter, on 29 November 2017 - 02:15 PM, said:

View PostCTgolf, on 29 November 2017 - 01:52 PM, said:

I don't think there are any sports where participating for a high school team is a requirement to play at the collegiate level

Some of the best junior athletes in our area are/were home schooled (and thereby not able to compete for a high school team)

Football is it anymore.  You are 100% correct on the rest of the sports.
I've been out of the game for a while but when I was a senior in HS, (12yrs ago) HS baseball was some what important to college recruitment. I was in the largest state division in NY and when we played the other top teams, we've have college scouts show up. Few MLB every now and then too to watch some of the obvious big name D1 picks. This was also the case during summer private league too, so I just assume that in that specific case all those years ago, it was about equally as important. Of course... this topic is about golf which is totally different. I had no idea this kid was only in 7th grade.

And as far as it being a requirement... for baseball.. most of the "Regional" teams were comprised all of kids who played on the high school team. If it's April or May (high school season time) and you're not on a team... it's because you're NOT good.. Unlike hockey or something where most of the really good kids opt to play for their area Select team instead. For football... it's the same thing around where I grew up. HS or you didn't play, period.

I can assure you that if you live in Florida you don’t have to play high school baseball to be recruited.  You will see see more MLB scouts at high school games than college coaches.  About the only time you will see a college coach is when they are battling for one of the top kids.  Other than that, baseball is year round here and they can see 1000 kids in a day at a select travel tournament.  

Travel ball has ruined High School sports all across the country.

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 02:35 PM

View PostCTgolf, on 29 November 2017 - 02:23 PM, said:

Lettering on the High School Varsity Golf Team for 6 years (grades 7-12) would be a nice resume builder for college applications for admission, since it is extremely uncommon/unusual

So I think that is a relevant consideration IMHO

JB Holmes played varsity HS golf starting in 3rd grade.

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 02:35 PM

View PostCTgolf, on 29 November 2017 - 02:23 PM, said:

Lettering on the High School Varsity Golf Team for 6 years (grades 7-12) would be a nice resume builder for college applications for admission, since it is extremely uncommon/unusual

So I think that is a relevant consideration IMHO

It isn’t uncommon at all, at least in Florida.  In the small classifications they have 6th graders on teams for all sports.  When at high school golf tournaments it is not uncommon in the smaller schools to see 6th, 7th, and 8th graders on teams.

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 02:53 PM

View Postheavy_hitter, on 29 November 2017 - 02:31 PM, said:

View PostZ1ggy16, on 29 November 2017 - 02:20 PM, said:

View Postheavy_hitter, on 29 November 2017 - 02:15 PM, said:

View PostCTgolf, on 29 November 2017 - 01:52 PM, said:

I don't think there are any sports where participating for a high school team is a requirement to play at the collegiate level

Some of the best junior athletes in our area are/were home schooled (and thereby not able to compete for a high school team)

Football is it anymore.  You are 100% correct on the rest of the sports.
I've been out of the game for a while but when I was a senior in HS, (12yrs ago) HS baseball was some what important to college recruitment. I was in the largest state division in NY and when we played the other top teams, we've have college scouts show up. Few MLB every now and then too to watch some of the obvious big name D1 picks. This was also the case during summer private league too, so I just assume that in that specific case all those years ago, it was about equally as important. Of course... this topic is about golf which is totally different. I had no idea this kid was only in 7th grade.

And as far as it being a requirement... for baseball.. most of the "Regional" teams were comprised all of kids who played on the high school team. If it's April or May (high school season time) and you're not on a team... it's because you're NOT good.. Unlike hockey or something where most of the really good kids opt to play for their area Select team instead. For football... it's the same thing around where I grew up. HS or you didn't play, period.

I can assure you that if you live in Florida you don’t have to play high school baseball to be recruited.  You will see see more MLB scouts at high school games than college coaches.  About the only time you will see a college coach is when they are battling for one of the top kids.  Other than that, baseball is year round here and they can see 1000 kids in a day at a select travel tournament.  

Travel ball has ruined High School sports all across the country.
Yeah it's a different ball game down south. Kid I grew up with, (in fact he and both his brothers) moved to FL to play baseball when they were 13 after we lost to Rolando Polino little league to get into the LLWS. All three went pro and all 3 ended up at big name D1 schools.


But anyway, I think golf for high school is probably more of a resume builder and not a requirement. Seeing as if you're extremely serious about golf and the end goal is  PGA... All you need to do is be really really good. Doesn't matter where you play(ed) or what you do, just post really low scores over and over again as you rise thru the ranks.

For many other sports... some kind of linear progression generally must take place unless you are a prodigy.

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 02:56 PM

View PostZ1ggy16, on 29 November 2017 - 01:57 PM, said:

View PostAquila, on 29 November 2017 - 01:42 PM, said:

I wouldn't want my kid to miss classes once a week for any sport, regardless of their prospects. Education takes priority.
All due respect... High school is a total joke when it comes to:

A) teaching you real life skills
B) preparing you for the work force
C) how to study and prepare to be in college

This coming from a now engineer who took mostly AP classes in high school and went to a nice private college. I'd gladly miss 1 day of high school school per week for 8 weeks to get a chance to participate in a competitive school sports team, especially if I was half way decent and the team got any kind of notoriety and I maybe planned to play in college. 30-40% of a kid's school day is just fluff - Gym class, study hall, lunch... etc.

I agree, alot of High school is just a joke, would be better for him to have the opportunity to play a sport and get that experience. When I played we didn't miss much school though, was in the fall and after class.

Edited by Redjeep83, 29 November 2017 - 02:57 PM.


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#27 leezer99

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 03:04 PM

Maybe a topic for a new thread but is college golf even necessary if your junior wants to turn pro?  My juniors are still single digits so they have no idea what they want but I've heard this topic come up with a HS kid recently.

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 03:21 PM

View Postleezer99, on 29 November 2017 - 03:04 PM, said:

Maybe a topic for a new thread but is college golf even necessary if your junior wants to turn pro?  My juniors are still single digits so they have no idea what they want but I've heard this topic come up with a HS kid recently.

College golf not required to turn pro. Be a great golfer, goto Q school and/or work your way up through the ranks (web.com ----> PGA).  College is fun though. College is great to have an education to fall back on. College is where lifelong friendships can be formed in your youth.

Golf (like some other individual sports such as Tennis) is great because the only thing between success and failure is you.

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 03:30 PM

Your son has virtually nothing to lose and plenty to gain from playing on the team. He'll have competition,  camaraderie, and access to free golf.

I played on my school's team for three out of four years and it was a great experience. I have a couple of lifelong friendships from it and lots of memories of fun matches that our scrappy team managed to win. Also, one of our home courses was a top shelf private club I have to pull major strings to get onto nowadays.

If he's good enough and performs well at the conference and state championships, he'll likely get on the radar of a college coach.

Edited by OffTheDole, 29 November 2017 - 03:31 PM.


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Posted 29 November 2017 - 03:52 PM

View PostOffTheDole, on 29 November 2017 - 03:30 PM, said:

Your son has virtually nothing to lose and plenty to gain from playing on the team. He'll have competition,  camaraderie, and access to free golf.

I played on my school's team for three out of four years and it was a great experience. I have a couple of lifelong friendships from it and lots of memories of fun matches that our scrappy team managed to win. Also, one of our home courses was a top shelf private club I have to pull major strings to get onto nowadays.

If he's good enough and performs well at the conference and state championships, he'll likely get on the radar of a college coach.

Yeah, but the kid is 12.  How much camaraderie is there if a 12 year old beats out a senior.  He could actually be pretty lonely depending on the make up of the team.

Also, as I have said thousands of times, college coaches for the most part do not care about high school golf.

Edited by heavy_hitter, 29 November 2017 - 04:16 PM.


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