Navy Sports Camp

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  1. jamesd96

    jamesd96 Member

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    Does attending a Navy Sports Camp as a high school student help with admissions to the U.S. Naval Academy? Either way, I want to attend the swimming camp to help me improve, as I am on my school's team, but I also want to attend the U.S. Naval Academy after high school, and I wanted to know if it helped. Thank you.
     
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    Sports

    Attending a sports camp for any college can help if you are looking to be recruited for athletics. It is a great opportunity for a coach to see you up close and in person. It demonstrates your interest in the school and the sports program. Most the girls on my daughter's softball teams were recruited by colleges where they attended a camp at some point in their career. If you are good and stand out it puts you on the radar.
     
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    It also gives you exposure to the school/campus that you might not otherwise get. We didn't think our DS would get accepted to NASS (since it is so competitive) and he was very keen to apply to USNA so we decided to sign him up for Navy Swim Camp so he could at least spend some time on the campus/talk with people etc. Murphy's Law -- the day we sent in the deposit for Swim Camp, he was accepted to NASS. Ended up attending both back-to-back and was very glad he did since it broadened his exposure to USNA. He was exhausted by the end of swim camp but he felt like it gave him a leg up on the people arriving the following week for NASS who had yet to experience/acclimate to the intensity. After both, he decided USNA was definitely for him, has applied, is 3Q'd and is anxiously awaiting a nomination.

    P.S. and DS is not a recruited athlete -- just enjoys swimming; however, there were plenty of swimmers at Swim Camp who were definitely there for exposure to the coaches, etc.
     
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    These responses bring to the surface several excellent points regarding sports camps at USNA. The one I want to focus upon is the use of a sports camp as an alternate to NASS. NASS is used for recruiting purposes and tends to be greatly oversubscribed. Sports camps on the other hand are more accessible and accessible over a period of years; you can participate in sports camps more than one year. Another feature that should be kept in mind is that it never hurts to have a coach in your corner.
     
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    Thank you, everyone!
     
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    Also, would attending the West Point or Air Force Swim Camp, along with the Navy Swim Camp, affect my chances at the Naval Academy at all?
     
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    Not sure if you are thinking it would help or hurt but honestly it won't make any difference. Like all colleges they assume applicants will be looking at other schools.
     
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    Also, would going to Navy Sports Camps hold the same weight on admission as attending the Navy Summer STEM Camp or Navy Summer Seminar?
     
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    soccer camp

    Hello,
    does anyone know if there is a soccer camp (girls) at USNA, prefer to know about camp for identification of potential recruits. Thanks.
     
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    Supreme1 - The Navy sports website, www.navysports.com, does indicate that girls soccer camps are offered, but are completed for 2011. If you go to the website and click on the Camps tab, it will take you to a list of all the camps that are offered, along with a point of contact for each camp. If you call or email, they may be able to give you some indication of the 2012 schedule.
     
  11. usnabgo08

    usnabgo08 USNA 2008/BGO

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    Attending a NavySports camp has absolutely zero weight on the Admissions Board. It is ran totally separate from USNA. It does give one (as mentioned) exposure to the Yard, Bancroft Hall, and possibly some MIDN interaction.

    I didn't think the Navy coaches were involved with sports camps (at least most of them); someone please correct me if I am wrong. Therefore, it doesn't help in recruiting.

    Bottom line, sports camps give you the opportunity to improve in your sport and SEE the Yard.
     
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    I think jadler03 is right for many of the sports camps run at the USNA campus. But it depends on the sport and the camp. If your goal is to be seen by USNA coaches I would definitely call and ask if the coaches or assistants are involved in what ever camp you are interested in.
     
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    DS attended Navy Swim Camp last summer... he was just beginning to think about USNA as an option and it sealed the deal for him. He had a wonderful time, met many great kids (most of whom were looking to hopefully attend USNA), got a little taste of their swim program and even a little SEAL training, and got to know the coaches. All in all, a wonderful experience. I do not believe there are actually many actual "recruited" swimmers to the Academies, unlike higher profile sports, but it definitely helps for the coaches to see what you can do...
     

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