August 28, 2017
The past few weeks, I’ve had numerous deaf and hard-of-hearing students approach me telling me that they want to be a part of RIT’s varsity athletic programs.
The walk-on process is a little hectic, and it will take a lot of hard work to make the team.
For walk-ons, they have it harder than the recruits. The recruits are more established, because they’ve been pursued by the coaching staffs between their sophomore, junior and senior years. Walk-ons are oftentimes the unknowns, and they have a lot more to prove, and they have to do it fast.
Before you decide to go for it, you’ll need to go through me, the athlete development program coordinator. You also need to complete the RIT recruiting questionnaire. That way the coaches can get a better idea of who you are, what kind of competition you’ve been involved with up until now, and so on.
Once you fill that out, you’ll have to complete the ATS (Athletic Trainer System) paperwork online. There are two PDF files that will instruct you how to do the paperwork, and videos in ASL to help clarify things if necessary.
Next you’ll have to keep tabs on when the sports medicine office will be holding the “clearance day,” where specific teams will have to go in the office to get themselves officially medically cleared to compete. You will not be allowed to step on the field until you complete the medical aspect.
After that, it’s time for you to strap your cleats on and give it your all. Good luck, athletes. We’ll be rooting for you.