Playing D1 Sport at USAFA

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  1. USAFA18DAD

    USAFA18DAD Member

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    Anyone have a DS or DD playing a D1 sport while attending USAFA? I spoke to a few graduate cadets and they say it was VERY tough! It seems tough enough already with all the full schedule these cadets have...playing a sport as well seems almost impossible! Thoughts?
     
  2. Sam2018

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    My DD will swim for the Academy. I'm sure it will not be easy but she is used to the schedule. She currently swims 11 times a week and maintains an A average with 4 AP classes. And still has time to do some community service hours and have a little social life. She knows the academics at the Academy will be considerably more challenging but she is not afraid to ask for help if needed. I would actually be more concerned if she was not swimming and therefore had a less busy schedule. She seems to do best when busy and does better at time management the more she has to accomplish.
     
  3. pointguard

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    I agree with the Sam2018,

    after 11 years of daily practice, weekly games, and monthly national trips for tournaments, I'm not sure my DS would know what to do with that time out of his day. They have time during the day when not in Classes, and during the evening after Dinner till bedtime. Academics are going to be rough no matter, but I believe some the best jobs done are by the person who's plate is full!
     
  4. melindayching

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    There are several threads here on IC sports at USAFA; a quick search will reveal several good ones with people like Christcorp weighing in. My DD is a 3C and an intercollegiate athlete (IC). She does well in school and military stuff. She enjoys being on a team and has found that she can balance her workload reasonably well with only sporadic freak outs (usually occurring after a road trip!). However, in her squadron 4 of the 6 freshman girls were ICs and 2 have since dropped their sports. It's not unusual at all, and not a stigma given the high demands of a cadet. Your work ethic has to be really strong, and your commitment to being a cadet first and athlete second is critical.
    Again. Lots of posts in the forum...do a quick search. Congrats and good luck!


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  5. Aantonetti14

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    What's your daughter's name? I will also be swimming for AF next year, except the men's team obviously.
     
  6. Sam2018

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    I'll PM you.
     
  7. skt

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    D1 Sports

    My DS (C3C) plays on a D1 team at the AFA. It is a lot of work, but he wouldn't trade it. There are some perks (e.g., getting to travel provides some nice time away from the Academy), but it probably is harder for them academically. He still does pretty well, and has even managed to hold down some good leadership positions. It's all about time management, but there's no way around the fact that the D1 athletes have fewer hours to fit in the academic requirements - the grades of his friends who have dropped their D1 sport have generally gone up considerably.
     

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