You've got answers all over the board, with some people warning you not to skip, while others are telling you it will be fine. I hear you that, on the surface of things, it looks as if nothing important is going on, and it might be safe to skip class attendance. In addition, I realize that while you're standing there hitting a ball, you're stressing about how much better your time would be spent on the project you need to complete. Here's the deal, though. You have no way of knowing exactly what's going on regarding attendance. You've overheard the instructor tell the secretary to "count everyone present," but you cannot be sure that will always happen. The course doesn't appear particularly challenging, so you have nothing to lose by showing up, hitting the ball, being there when you're supposed to be, protecting your attendance record, and, by the way, meeting the obligation which you agreed to when you signed up for the class. If you "skip," and you discover later that you were mistaken about how attendance was being taken and how it would affect your grade, there will be nothing you can do. If you attend, even though it seems a waste, you won't risk having anything to regret later. That would seem the wisest choice.