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Team sports like Football or basketball 14 45.16%
Individual sports like wrestling, boxing, or tennis 16 51.61%
No organized sports 9 29.03%
I never went to high school 1 3.23%
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I am on the advisory board of our local community college HVAC/R program and we are always looking for ways to maximize the recruiting efforts of the college when addressing high school students. We did a quick informal poll of those who were on the board who either owned a business or were in management of what sports they participated in during their high school years. About 90% of us were wrestlers and the consensus was that since wrestling was an individual sport where you were on your own and owning a service business puts you in the same position that perhaps there was a correlation there. It occurred to me that sailing can also be an individual type of endeavor but the majority on this board seem to be more of the collectivist type so I can't help but wonder what the members of this forum participated in during their high school years. Individual sports like wrestling, tennis, or golf? Or team sports like football, basketball, or baseball, although while pitching for a slow pitch softball team for ten years taught me that the pitchers position on any type of ball team puts you on an island. So, if you choose to participate, were you on any organized sports teams during your youth?

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Re: What Sports did You Participate In?

I was the Captain of both the Football and Lacrosse teams in High School and played in college too. I also played a little tennis, basketball and baseball, in community leagues, when I was young. I picked up golf in college. I'm also a competitive sporting clay shooter. I'm not much into organized buoy sail racing, but bring on a distance race anytime.

I wrestled for one season. Absolutely hated it. In 8th grade, they brought the High School Freshman wrestling team over to the Middle School to demonstrate the sport, during physical ed class. I pinned their star, the first time I ever participated in the sport. The High School coach brought me up and brow beat me into joining the team. It wasn't the individual aspect that I hated, it was the sport itself. It's a very athletic sport, but not the kind of eye/hand coordination activity that I enjoyed better. I really hated the idea of weight management and, in those days, it was extreme. High school kids starving themselves, taking laxatives, wearing sweating bags, etc. I think those practices are banned now.


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After little league which I recall ended in junior high school I was done with sports... Tennis and Skiing through my 30s. Not interested in contact sports or competition... As a spectator I prefer dance.... and these artists are very athletic.

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Wrestling and boxing were banned at our school (and I think the state or the whole of Australia) as they should be banned as they are just fighting.

A schools are predominantly team sports as they are much cheaper and easier to organise.

There's definitely no school sport that cause buisness wealth...

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Re: What Sports did You Participate In?

Sailing, swimming, badminton and tennis, but none were organised by the school they were all external club sports.

Badminton and sailing were my favourites.

EDIT: I consider both badminton and tennis team sports because you often play doubles.

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Water Polo and Swimming in High School. Water Polo at the collegiate level too. Turned down the full ride to USC to go to a smaller school..where there was snow for my first passion, skiing.


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Interesting responses so far. Thanks.
Mark: We were thinking about the mental aspects between a sport and the willingness to step off the edge of the secure feeling of working for a check or being completely at the mercy of your own wits and abilities.

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Re: What Sports did You Participate In?

I'm not sure where one would put sailing on your pole. That was my major sport, but it had nothing to do with school, as I raced a Thunderbird for 7 seasons in Frisco Bay during my HS years. I also crewed on a 65' schooner, teaching college girls to sail (or at least that was what we called it), but maybe that was more biology class than a sport?

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Surfing and sailing. Still do both!
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Re: What Sports did You Participate In?

Skiing,,downhill,GS,some slalom,,,,crosscontry and mountaineering for rec in high school ,,,the cross country running team( ind sport I think) ,,,,pioneering,outdoor skills in Scouts definetly team efforts,,,we were certified S/R troop lnterior of B.C.....Ralph

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