Discussion in 'Merchant Marine Academy - USMMA' started by Jarhead, Feb 28, 2011.
What do athletes just sit out a year.
It really depends on your sport.
If you play a fall sport you will be at sea during the winter of your 3rd class year and the winter/spring of your 2nd class year.
I'm actually not entirely sure how they are working it for the winter/spring sports these days, but I believe those sports are mostly on the other sea split. There are work-arounds as well, such as staying on the Kings Pointer for getting sea days while staying to play.
Thanks kp I was wondering how it works for a wrestler?
WrestlerS B Split
Wrestlers are B Split which means that most of them will be leaving for sea about a week from now. KP does everything it can to accomodate athletic schedules and still allow midshipmen to get their required sea days in. When the soccer team made the playoffs this fall, my DS's sea partner was delayed a couple weeks. My DS (offshore sailing team) joined the ship alone and his partner caught up with the ship once soccer season ended. His partner may have to make up some days by sailing aboard the Kings Pointer during breaks. By the way, as you probably know, KP has a terrific wrestling program.
We go out as B-split as a wrestler. you'll sail first tri of your 3/C year, as well as 3rd tri 3/C year and 1st tri 2/C year. You'll miss preseason practice for both of those years, but Coach is fairly understanding about that. He helps get us on a workout program before we leave and tries to help us figure out a way to be ready for practice when we come back. Most of the guys haven't had trouble getting back into shape once we get back from sea. It was rough for me and a few of the other guys this year for the first week, but after that we were all pretty good. You won't have to worry about missing much of sea year as a wrestler either unless you make it to nationals 3/C year. At that point you'd hold over for two weeks, maybe 3 weeks tops so you can compete at nationals then you'll head out to sea.
Hope that helps. I'm about to head back out to sea in the coming week actually.
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