One of the common conceptions throughout this forum is that the academies desire an applicant demonstrate a background in sports so that he or she will be able to withstand the rigors of plebe year. This is, in reality, a very miniscule part of the picture. General MacArthur observed: Sports causes a candidate to observe and learn leadership in adversity, the power of cohesion in small units, and the imperative to continue under duress, pain, and loss. They will learn the high moral principal of sportsmanship, the humility and graciousness of victory, and the forbearance, courage, and endurance of defeat. They will learn the pitfalls of arrogance. Yes, a high school letter in sports is much more than being physically fit. There is a reason that the class profiles consistently show an almost 100% statistic of those obtaining sports letters. Also is is why the academies place more emphasis on team sports than individual ones.