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Palm Coast Wednesday, May 16, 2018 6 months ago

Before transferring, consider this

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It’s always good to measure the pros and cons before you transfer.
by: Ray Boone Sports Editor

It’s spring time.

The area’s football teams are hitting the practice field in preparation for their respective spring games. Next season’s schedules are up for fans to see. Coaches are putting in the work to give their next line of players the chance to be successful.

And from now until the start of the fall season in August, another popular high school sports phenomenon will be occurring: Players will be transferring to other programs.

Before I continue: I have nothing against transferring to a different school, to a different team. I don’t think an athlete should be forced to play where he or she doesn’t want to. Sometimes, there are serious problems with coaches, sometimes there won’t be an opportunity for you to see the field or court. Stuff happens, and though not usually optimal, transferring can be a positive thing.

But, for those of you who plan on transferring to a different school at some point during this spring or summer, there are some things you should take into account.

If you have the desire to play sports in college, the first thing you should be asking yourself is how college coaches will look at you if you transfer. Loyalty and commitment can go a long way.

Second, realize that you’re not guaranteed anything — in sports or in life. If you’re transferring to a school because of a lack of playing time, don’t think that you’re going to get that desired time just because you transferred.

Also, consider your comfort level off the field. What about friends, social life, education? If you’re uncomfortable at a school, it might affect your athletic performance.

And most importantly, no matter if you transfer or decide to stay loyal, none of that matters if you don’t play hard and earn your success.

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