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Monday January 24th

Pit Talk

Expectation vs. Reality: Club sports

A lot of us were that well-rounded kid in high school with the extracurriculars, the grades, and the athletics. When we first got to college we probably felt like we still had it all.

Coming to a Division I university like UNC means our little varsity and travel team titles mean pretty much nothing if we can’t perform at a higher level. Most colleges offer their students club and intramural sports so that they can stay active and keep in touch with their athleticism.

Everybody knows that intramural sports are pretty much just for fun and club teams take the game slightly more serious and have a more competitive selection process. You would think a club team would be a fun way to live your dream of playing sports in college, right? 

It’s not that easy.

The idea sounds great initially, but club sports are a huge time commitment. There will be obligations you will have to your team that may mean missing meetings for other clubs of interest.

You will be expected to put effort into your practices and be there for your teammates with almost nothing in return except for the opportunity to play the sport competitively.

My advice: Love the game enough to commit, or love it enough to stay away.

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