Sanctioned Events

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  1. spolac28

    spolac28 Member

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    On the application, in the activites section, it says in the check off area "varsity school teams or sanctioned events." What are sanctioned events and what does this include?
     
  2. m1911

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    I believe sanctioned events are JV or Freshman teams that your school organizes for the sport listed.
     
  3. Christcorp

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    Sanctioned events don't have to be school related. E.g. STING Soccer; legion baseball; etc... We're talking athletic events that are actually at a higher level than even high school varsity sports.

    We're not usually talking "Sunday Church Slow pitch Softball". But we're talking usually advanced sports where maybe high school level isn't practical. Our legion baseball plays teams throughout the state. Our players are looked at and recruited by Major league baseball. STING is soccer, at the "Next Level". Most states have these types of athletic programs that are competitive. These are just an example. There are other sanctioned activities. Basically it's competitive, organized, usually requires try-outs, etc... Again; it's not a bunch of guys/gals getting together on a saturday to have fun; a bar league; a church league; etc.... It's usually much more organized and more serious than that.
     
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    Other examples of "sanctioned" events would be those put on by the United States Fencing Asso, where there are "official" scores, ratings, etc. I would assume Karate and other martial arts have similar established governing boards. Also, private swimming clubs/groups would come under official auspices.
     
  5. AFA1981

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    Most Club sports (Baseball, Softball, Soccer, track, etc) are sanctioned events. In our state, a Club sport is know as a travel team. Its where you travel around the state or country and play other teams in sanctioned events.
     
  6. Blackbird

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    Sanctioned Events are sanctioned by a Sanctioning Body such as the United States Fencing Association, USA Swimming, US Youth Soccer, etc. A team participating in sanctioned events can be referred to as Travel Team, Competitive Team, Club Sport, Club Team, etc. depending on the sport and what part of the country. DS swam on a competitive swim team at USA Swimming sanctioned events. The USA swim program is at a level above high school swimming although many USA swimmers do swim on their high school team. USA swimming teams are a primary source for USA Olympic swimmers.
     
  7. Pima

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    TKD is sanctioned, and in our state it is like AFA's state it is called the travel team. They are national leagues, and the teams like HS hold competitions/cuts for their team. You don't just pay a check and get in the program.

    When our DS went through the process, the AFA came back and asked for a letter from his TKD Master describing the program. He explained that it included at least 10 hrs a week training on top of their mandatory belt progression training, 52 weeks a yr, with a mandatory 2 week sleepover training camp. Additionally, it was the ATA's sanctioned US Junior Olympic teams. IOTW, when DS competed for Nationals, he had to have placed in states to attend the Nationals in Georgia where he competed against 49 other state winners. Thus, being a 2 time state champ, and being a bronze medalist nationally in his group was no easy feat from an athletic perspective.
     
  8. Christcorp

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    I'm glad this thread got started. There's a lot of individuals who ask questions about their "Chances" at receiving an appointment; and they mention that they've never been involved in high school/varsity sports. It's been mentioned numerous times that there are alternatives to high school sports that the academy looks favorably upon. But in the end, "Athletics" is very important to the academies. We've already mentioned the many attributes and why it's important.

    I guess what i'm saying; (For you freshman and sophomores asking early about the academies). There's no real excuse for not being involved in some athletics in your life. There's close to 100 different sports that a person can participate in. And all of them have a level of participation that is acceptable to the academies. Hell, you can even go to the olympics and do "CURLING". Now; if the reason you don't do any sports is because you're simply not interested in them; that's cool. But don't be upset or complain if you feel your application is being discriminated against because of that. The nature of the military and the attributes of organized sports/athletics have a lot in common. So if you're really interested in attending the academies, I suggest looking into some form of sanctioned/organized athletics.
     
  9. MedB

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    +100 :thumb:

    (Any chance CC's last post can be pulled out and posted as a sticky?)
     
  10. Pima

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    I hope that posters asking chances, realize the beauty of the SAs are the fact that compared to a traditional college (plan B), the AFA is very clear on the breakdown.

    You can have 4.0 uwcgpa, 2400 SAT/36 ACT, but that is only 60% of the WCS. Low scores on ECs can take you from the top to the bottom in a milli-second.

    Athletic involvement is not just about physical attributes, it is about winning/losing and staying with it. It is about dedication, and not jumping ship. It is about being part of something that is bigger than just you.

    HMMM....sounds like the adage of SERVICE before SELF...doesn't it?
     
  11. swimserviceacademy

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    So do JV teams count?

    I was in JV for grades 9-11 (I know they only ask for 10-12) anyway I don't know if I'm going to be on Varsity or not this year so would I put 10,11 as school sanctioned and 12 as Varsity. Also our JV swim team (my bad for not mentioning it earlier) participates in meets against other schools' varsity teams so does JV count?
     

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