For reasons passing understanding, I was on the JV baseball team in HS. Never started but I did keep the scorebook for 2 years. Had one game where I had a few meaningful plays as the 2nd baseman I backed had to come on in relief when the starter blew up. Just missed a HR. 😢
Didn’t make varsity my junior year. My dad bought me a set of used golf clubs and my buddies did their best to make me the 5th man. I ended up 9th. At the sports banquet that year I was awarded a varsity letter, a jacket, and a couple of trophies that my buddies earned.
So I guess my answer is yes and no. I practiced but rarely played.
At my first job interview after college, the owner asked me if I ever played team sports in HS or college. So, I told him that first paragraph.
Owner: “I only hire people who have played a team sport. Do you know why?”
Me: “Because it teaches you a discipline. You have to show up on time & listen to your coaches. It’s about accountability.”
O: “Wow. That’s one of the best answers I’ve heard to that question.”
M: “Yeah. Army ROTC sort of re-enforced that.”
He glanced at my résumé again. “Oh. Do you have an Army commitment?”
And that was the end of my practice interview.