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32 / M / St. Louis, Misery
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Posted 4/11/12 , edited 4/11/12
I'll start off by saying I'm from Missouri and come from a fairly large highschool, when i was a senior we had 2500+ students, 800 of which were in my year. Through out my high school career, I was pretty much the "loner'. I had my core friends, but I didn't branch out and make very many new ones.

I was watching "Slam Dunk" when I thought of this topic. My first year of High School, I tried out for the baseball team. There were 4 cuts I had to make but I only made the first cut to be on the team. So I gave up on baseball. I never tried out my next year or the year after. I don't know why I gave up, but I feel that if I had lived in Japan I would never have even thought of giving up. From the various sports animes I have watched (Ookiku Furikabutte, Eyeshield 21, One Outs, Slam Dunk, etc.), it would seem that the Japanese have a better system that are related to the school sports programs. If you don't make the cut to be on the team there are various ways to participate and stay connected to the game. You are still considered part of the club and you are allowed to practice with the club, so in turn you are bettering yourself at the sport. Also from the experiences of being involved with the team, you gain social experience. You learn how to interact with others and sharpen your charisma, making your more of a likable person.

It seems that there are more options in a Japanese high school to be involved with something. In my high school there were only the common sports of baseball, football, basketball, wrestling, track and field, cheerleading, etc. and few other club activities like Student Council, Band, and Yearbook.

I regret not trying out the following years and practicing to get better at baseball, now that I have the foresight. I feel that if I could have been a part of the team in High School, I would have never stopped practicing and bettering myself. I guess its a self confidence issue. I was rejected once so I didn't want to go through that again. It seems to me that the Japanese High school sports "clubs" would have prevented me from acting in such a manner.

So I ask you this, do you have experiences like this? If so please explain your feelings on this matter. Do you consider the Japanese to have a better grasp on the lives of the common teenager and have found a way to let everyone participate in what they like to do in school?

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All I can say is that when I was a kid, my brothers and I played soccer for a year. My brother was mainly the goalie because he was older and larger than the rest of us. I was part of the line with two other kids in front of the goal. Sure I had fun, but I wished that we could have had more field time. Unfortunately that didn't happen because we were only taught our specific positions. To me, that's not how you teach elementary kids to play a sport. Let them move around and find their niche before setting a specific position.

Fast forward a few years, my younger brother is still playing soccer and my older brother has moved on to band and football. Because those took out a good bit of financing, I couldn't do the CDA (Cheer & Dance Aerobics) class I wanted to do in middle school. Same with me wanting to actually participate in horse riding lessons. There just wasn't enough money to go around.

That basically triggered my lack of interest in a sport in high school. That and the fact that my younger brother was still doing soccer, baseball and football. Along with my older brother being out of state in a facility for specific reasons. There still wasn't any money to spare for me to do a sport or other activity.

So for me, it wasn't the cut rejection that I steered clear of sports, but the fact that it gets costly. If being on a sport team was more affordable, it probably would have had me triy out and wouldn't fear the cut rejection more.
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Well, back in my High School days, I didn't pick up any sports. Although I do have a passion for Soccer and Tennis, I don't think that I have the necessary skills that are required for the sports. But I can tell you that if I had picked up one or both of those sports, I wouldn't give up so easily.

Well I don't know about Japan, but from what I see in Anime like Slam Dunk and all that, it's only a half of the story. Or at least that's what I saw. Baseball, ehh I don't know, if you didn't make it, you can probably be a bench-warmer. What's my point? Well I don't know.

I like how Japan's school has load of clubs and sports and all that. If you don't make it into one you can join another right? or not.
Posted 4/12/12
Well, I go to an all-boys school. For sports and after-school activities, there's rugby,and if you're too effeminate for that, there's soccer. That's it.
Posted 4/12/12 , edited 4/12/12
I went to a seconder school it was a spots collage so it had most the sports you can name

happy now
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20 / M / Stoke, England
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NeOnCoOl wrote:

i when to a 2ndery school that was a sports collage and they had 7 akers of land just for pe which had bike traks rock climeing walls sqwosh corts swimming pools bball football rugby net bal vollie ball most sports even down to snowbording


And you dropped out of school early because you couldn't speak English, right?
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Baseball, ehh I don't know, if you didn't make it, you can probably be a bench-warmer. What's my point? Well I don't know.
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I went to a relatively small performing arts (it became this a year after I joined, or I would've made more of an effort to go somewhere else, haha) school. In general, more focus was put on clubs relating to that, and the few sports teams we had never really got far because of how few people were interested but not involved in something else already.

I'm pretty sure the only three sports clubs ever popular enough to have a full team and last more than a few weeks were boys' basketball, girls' netball, and the cricket club, which was mixed. Personally, I'm not really good at netball or cricket, so I wasn't involved in either of those. Had there been a club related to a sport I am good at, I probably would've joined.
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I played soccer up until I broke my wrist.
Seems kinda stupid they wouldn't let me play with a cast
But I kinda fell out of shape because I couldn't do anything, so I gave up on sports really
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CarboKill wrote:


NeOnCoOl wrote:

i when to a 2ndery school that was a sports collage and they had 7 akers of land just for pe which had bike traks rock climeing walls sqwosh corts swimming pools bball football rugby net bal vollie ball most sports even down to snowbording


And you dropped out of school early because you couldn't speak English, right?


Took the words right out of my mouth.
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No clubs where I went to highschool. And it didn't bother me. I've tried many sports and they just don't appeal to me. The only thing remotely close to sport I do is walking (10 - 30 miles) and I highly doubt they have a club for that.
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CarboKill wrote:


NeOnCoOl wrote:

i when to a 2ndery school that was a sports collage and they had 7 akers of land just for pe which had bike traks rock climeing walls sqwosh corts swimming pools bball football rugby net bal vollie ball most sports even down to snowbording


And you dropped out of school early because you couldn't speak English, right?


nope i the uk u live school at 16 am in uni my english my be shit but my nolige levels are high
i could esly code a pc and set up a binary sistum in a computer

should look up dyslexic

may stop you from spelling little words but for some strange reason u can spell apsalutly huge words down to a tea ^^

just so you Most grate minds had dyslexic

if u wan try me i left school with strat As just one E

i have level 3 maths
http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/EducationAndLearning/QualificationsExplained/DG_10039017
plus am doing my HND'

you little shit don't pic on some ones English if u don't no the reasons why there English is bad cues am far from retarded m8
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nope i the uk u live school at 16 am in uni my english my be shit but my nolige levels are high
i could esly code a pc and set up a binary sistum in a computer

should look up dyslexic

may stop you from spelling little words but for some strange reason u can spell apsalutly huge words down to a tea ^^

just so you Most grate minds had dyslexic

if u wan try me i left school with strat As just one E

i have level 3 maths
http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/EducationAndLearning/QualificationsExplained/DG_10039017
plus am doing my HND'

you little shit don't pic on some ones English if u don't no the reasons why there English is bad cues am far from retarded m8


Actually, I know a couple of high-achieving dyslexics...

...and then I know a retarded dyslexic. You sound more like the retarded dyslexic. The high-achieving ones can still form a coherent sentence, unlike you who seemingly bashes away at the keyboard. Fuck off.
Posted 4/12/12 , edited 4/12/12
trololol well you started it and that's nice to no lad
tbh i don't care your just acting like a 3 year old


so what if i read faster than i type or that i don't add this shit . " ? in to my sentensis

at end day English not my my 1st language plus am dyslexic tbh there's 3 types of dyslexic ones spelling , reading , and understanding
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20 / M / Stoke, England
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NeOnCoOl wrote:

trololol well you started it and that's nice to no lad
tbh i don't care your just acting like a 3 year old


Ay ay ay, you're full of shit. Your spelling suddenly isn't half as bad, and in the post before this, your spelling was suddenly worse than I've ever seen it.

And if a three year old can understand at least some of what you said, then damn, he's pretty smart, amirite? Wish I was three.
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