In-School vs. Out of School Athletics

Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by RCave, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. RCave

    RCave Member

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    I currently do Krav Maga four days a week - Would the Academy consider that athletic? I mean we probably work just as hard as any of my school teams and we're learning self-defense, they must put some sort of value on it. I've seen that the AFA has Karate, Taekwondo, etc. clubs.

    I'd like to do Mens' Volleyball but like every other school in the country we don't have a team for it, so I'd have to do it with a non-school related league.

    I presume that the Academy favors school organized athletics, but would they consider martial arts at all?

    As always, thanks guys.
     
  2. Christcorp

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    Yes, they consider it "Athletics" and that's a very good thing. Realize however, that it's NOT JUST Athletics that the academy cares about when it comes to sports. They are also looking for "TEAM WORK" and "LEADERSHIP". Realize that the military is the ULTIMATE TEAM ENVIRONMENT. No single person wins a battle or war. It takes every person from the cook to supply to communications to intel to tank driver to pilot to infantryman to contractors to rescue to etc.... You get the idea. So while "Athletics" is important, it's not just the physical part of it. It's the working with others to achieve the ultimate goal. It's leading others to achieve those goals.

    This is the best I can explain it. You can do outside school athletics. Especially if it's "COMPETITIVE". In other words, a sunday "CHURCH LEAGUE" or a modern politically correct "We don't keep score and EVERYONE is a winner", isn't what they are looking for. They want to see you as part of an athletic TEAM, working TOGETHER, working towards a common goal, "WINNING". Hope that helps. mike....
     
  3. RCave

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    Great! Thanks. I wasn't sure, and it was pretty worrying. It has been difficult on me trying to do my High School's track team and Krav Maga at the same time, especially since I only really enjoy one of the two.

    But yes, the volleyball league I'm looking at is competitive, so that's good. Speaking of, does the AFA have a Mens Volleyball team?

    I'm going to get into Civil Air Patrol soon and try Boys State over the summer, so that should show some leadership ability as well.
     
  4. melindayching

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    USAFA has a men's club volleyball team but they travel to tournaments periodically. I know one guy who also works out with the women's team as manager/assistant and gets IC consideration. But I don't believe the men have a coach; they sort of self-coach and periodically one of the dads, a coach at home, comes up to help. This may have changed since last semester when the team was in season.
     
  5. fencersmother

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    My sons did fencing at a local private club (since they had no regular high school and certainly if they did, it would not have had a fencing team). So, it is possible and accepted to participate in non-school athletics. PM me if you have questions!
     
  6. FlyingFuzz

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    +1 to fencersmother, I did not do my schooling in a bricks-and-mortar school so there was no chance for me to participate in school athletics, but I did participate in athletics under the national association for my sport.
     

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