Daniel asked in SportsOther - Sports · 5 months ago

Is the NCAA really the only route to get to professional levels of American sports?

What if you're in your mid 20's and only just getting in to sports or you never went to college? Are your chances completely ruined?

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  • 5 months ago

    No, but there are only a few players that go from high school or some other organization to professional sports in the US.

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  • It's hardly the only avenue (American football being the exception); college hockey players make up a minority of NHL players (many coming from Europe or Canadian major junior hockey- of the top 5-10 players none of them come from a college hockey background; many NBA players come from Europe or choose not to play college basketball, and baseball gets players who forego college as well as players from Latin America and parts of the pacific rim.

    Having said that, by the time you're in your mid-20's the ship has sailed. In most cases your "peak" years are around 22-26. Just taking up a game? No chance. You're going up against players who have been playing their sport for 15+ years and who (in the vast majority of cases) have excelled at every level. Nobody doesn't come in cold and outperform someone. You're not going to make it. Accept it and move on.

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  • 5 months ago

    there are minor leagues for every sport i'm pretty sure

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