Navy Sports Camps

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  1. Academy_Questions

    Academy_Questions Member

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    Does anyone have any insight on navy sports camps? how useful were they? i'm looking into going to either the basketball or rowing one if I don't get into Summer Seminar. (maybe even in addition to summer seminar)
     
  2. marciemi

    marciemi USMA Alumnus

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    Not going to be too much help here, but my son did both the Air Force and West Point summer sports camps back when he was 11 & 12. At that point, I think it was useful in that it fueled his motivation to attend a SA someday, and gave him a chance to talk to actual cadets, live in the barracks, eat in the mess hall and see what was there.

    I don't think he actually got much out of it in terms of the sport itself (he did soccer at both academies). Certainly (at that age at least) nothing more exciting than going to any local university and doing their basic sports camp. At AF they had thunderstorms every day he was there and watched a lot of videos instead. At WP they had heat indices over 105 the first few days he was there, and being concerned about the young kids, they did limited physical stuff (kind of critical for a sports camp!).

    However, if you're considering NASS, you must be a lot older than he was and if you're good (recruitable) at a sport or two, I think it would definitely catch the eye of the coaching staff or someone at the academy. You would also be able to talk to cadets (mids) and ask them a lot of questions that would never have occured to my son at 11. And of course still get a chance to be "behind the scenes" like at NASS. Different focus, but I think it would be worth it as an alternative. My biggest concern though would be with being with all the little kids - I think AF took them as young as 8 for the day camp version, but I'm sure they split up by age and ability on the field, but I don't know about in the barracks, etc. I know my son wouldn't want to go back and do it again now (he is doing NASS) - he'd consider it more for younger kids, but that may be just because he went so young.

    Good luck on getting into NASS in the meantime!
     
  3. Academy_Questions

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    Thanks for the info, it really is useful...Yes, that was my only worry, that I'd be there at the camp with a bunch of middle schoolers :) but I assistant coach a middle school basketball team, so actually, maybe it would just give me extra experience.

    I am fairly good, not sure how recruitable, though. I'm looking into it and contacting coaches, nevertheless.

    Thanks for the encouragement with NASS! I've been accepted to summer seminars for USMA and USAFA, but USNA is my #1 choice, so I'm really hoping to hear from them!!!
     
  4. navalacademy12

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    can anyone tell me about the navy football camp like what ages usually attend, what to bring etc
     
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    My son went to Navy Crew Camp at 17 a couple of years ago- it was a great camp- professionally run- the coaches were nationally ranked rowers, several were olympians or were from the Navy coaching staff themselves. He came back smoked from 3 a day practices in the July heat and was there when the Plebes arrived. I don't know about the other camps- but that one was one of the best I've seen and set him up well for fall crew when he got back to school. If that camp was representative of all their offering I would unreservedly recommend going.
     
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    My son also attended crew camp each summer during high school - it is EXCELLENT - TOP RANKED COACHES - it is a serious program - for crew the ages of campees were all high school and serious rowers. It gave my son time to meet navy coaches and has seen them then during the year at rowing events.
     
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    My daughter attended the USNA soccer camp between her sophomore and junior years. It was a very valuable experience. They brought in quality coaches from other colleges, along with having current mids assist with the training. But the best part of the trip was the opportunity to be at the Academy for a number of days. The plebes showed up during the second half of her camp, so she got to see some of what they were doing. She was able to meet with the Admissions people to get in-person talks about where she was in the process of her goal of attending and what she needed to do to stay on track. While she was 99% sure that it was where she wanted to go before attending the camp, there was no doubt afterwards. We would highly recommend using the camp event as a great opportunity.
     
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    There is a member here (also over at CC) named xchefmike whose son attended the USNA football camps before his appointment (recruited football player as well).

    Not sure how often he checks the forums at either site, but he could give you some real good answers about it.
     
  9. marciemi

    marciemi USMA Alumnus

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    If you've been accepted for USMA's SLS (800 kids) and USAFA's SS (900 kids), I'd be very surprised if you aren't for NASS (2250 kids) unless you live in the metro DC area! My son is attending all three this summer, but USAFA is his first choice without a doubt. He's leaning towards Navy as his second choice, but Dad & I are USMA grads, so really would prefer he go there (gee, I wonder why? :wink:). So he's going to USAFA for the experience, and the other two to help him make a decision.

    From the other posters it sounds like the camps are a lot more serious at the high school level which is great. I know my son was the very youngest age you could be (for resident camp) each year he went so was probably in the most coddled group!
     
  10. Academy_Questions

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    i was thinking the same thing about the summer seminars. (i also applied feb 1) i'm pretty sure that usna sends out different waves of acceptances. so i'll be waiting eagerly for next week. also, i know quite a few other strong candidates in my area and none of them have heard anything either. so perhaps, they just haven't reached our district yet.

    summary: i'm still hoping that acceptance is coming
     
  11. Academy_Questions

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    also, if your son is going to all three, then he must be going usma session #1, usna session #2, and usafa session #3 right? that's my plan! (pending usna)

    maybe i'll see him there!
     
  12. marciemi

    marciemi USMA Alumnus

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    Actually he's doing USNA session 1, then USMA (so he has a bit more time to recover between them and actually fly home), and then USAFA 3. We considered your way, but then he wouldn't even get to sleep in one day between them. We also considered him staying out there (and sleep in) and having one of use fly out and pick him up and visit family, etc. out there, but it seemed like he'd rather have time to come home and decompress a bit, and get the laundry clean and sleep in his own bed.

    It actually would also have worked out to do USNA last and fly directly from USAFA to USNA, but we didn't know that at the time we accepted USAFA's (first). USNA and USMA say you can't have flights before 2 or 3, but USAFA says as early as 6am is fine. Of course he would have been a really tired kid! :shake:
     
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    oh yeah, you're totally correct...i was thinking they'd over lap. i'm going straight from usma to usna and then back a few days, then off to usafa. hahah definately going to be tired!
     
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    My son went to Track Camp last summer. He loved it. Got to work with top-notch coaches. They got to see his potential, too. He was recruited. He had his app completely finished before he went. It was very helpful to have everything in to the admissions office for the coaches to access. Also, if you want to compete in varsity athletics at the next level it is good for you to meet the coaches and see if it is a match for the coaching style that works for you.
     
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    I attended their team wrestling camp two years in a row. Good camps, great clinicians. The midshipmen are your counselors, which really got me interested in the USNA.
     
  17. navalacademy12

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    do you get to stay in Bancroft for the USNA football camp?
     

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