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You’ve made a great decision. For many college sailing alumni, it is the defining experience of their college years.
Assuming you know what a great opportunity college sailing represents, the question is: How do I go from an eager high school student to a fulfilled and successful collegiate student-athlete? And where can your college find cheap boat parts to help their teams bring home the victory? Keep reading to find out.
Let’s start with the basics:
1) Academics and campus-life come first
The purpose of attending college is to get a degree that will prepare you for a successful and fulfilling life. Make sure you do plenty of research into the academic offerings at every school you are considering.
Along with classes and professors, finding the right academic environment also means a school with a campus culture that will encourage you to learn and grow. One of my coaching colleagues has a very direct way of explaining this to recruits: Look at the students here. If you come here, you will most likely be very much like them. Is that what you want?
2) Develop winning experience
If you want to get a coach’s attention, show them you know how to win. Once you get in the habit of winning, it’s much easier to repeat it again, even if it’s in a different context. Winning experience in sailing is obviously a plus, but I always like to see a track record of success outside of sailing as well.
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3) Don’t be afraid to show your passion for the school
I often tell recruits and parents that the best team members are the ones who absolutely love the school for a variety of reasons outside from sailing. They bring energy to the team, and they are often the most coachable sailors as well.
4) When it comes to recruiting “pull,” ask the tough questions
Every team in the ICSA is different. Without the strict NCAA recruiting rules that other sports use, you’ll find that the recruiting systems for sailing teams vary widely. The best way to approach this is to ask every coach what you should be doing to have the best chance of being admitted. If they have admissions “pull,” ask them if they’ll be able to help your application, and how that process will unfold. By asking good questions, you help avoid misunderstandings and unrealistic expectations.
5) Imitate, then innovate
From Day 1, make it your first order of business to learn as much as you can from your teammates. Ask smart questions to clarify what isn’t obvious from your observations. Only once you’ve mastered all their tricks and tips is it worth spending time experimenting with new ideas yourself.
Your boat supply store knows that time-management skills are key to surviving and excelling as a student-athlete, so spend time picking up good habits from the upperclassmen on your team.
6) Take ownership early
The success of your team hinges on players like you taking control and making contributions with a real impact. Think of yourself, your teammates, and your coaches as equal shareholders of the team.
Act like every boat in your fleet, every practice day, and every regatta belongs to you personally. By showing you’re invested, and that you have a sense of urgency, you’ll earn the trust and respect of your teammates.
7) It’s a marathon, not a sprint
Every college sailing season is a grind, and with two seasons per year, it takes a lot of stamina and resilience to be successful. Try to pace yourself. Have fun with your teammates. By keeping yourself and your team fresh and motivated, you are much more likely to perform well when the pressure is on at the end of the spring season.
As a college student are you looking to become a sailor? Don’t forget these helpful tips…keep academics first, develop a winning experience, show school passion, and remember to take your time.
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