Sports in a live after required sports

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  1. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    The Coast Guard Academy, and I assume other service academies require participation by cadets/midshipmen in sports. That ends the day you cross that big stage and get your butterbars or shoulder boards.

    You WILL have a chance to play sports after a life of required sports.


    I live outside of Washington, DC (and work in Washington DC).

    I am a member of the Coast Guard Headquarters hockey team. Every year, the Coast Guard has the "Commandant's Cup". It used to be at Conn. College in New London, CT, but for the past few years it has been held in Bourne, Mass., on Cape Cod. You can see anywhere from 12 teams to 8 teams compete for the Commandant's Cup. They come from near and far, Hawaii, Alaska, Michigan, Florida...the list goes on. It's on permissive leave generally, and promotes good health, which is important to the Commandant.

    The 15th Annual Commandant's Cup was held this past weekend, and I have to say, while my legs are tired, and I haven't had much sleep, some great stories have resulted from the experience (I also went last year, but with a different team, as I had not yet moved to Washington, DC).

    On top of Coast Guard hockey, I also joined the Coast Guard Academy Alumni soccer team, in an Alumni league in the DC area.

    The Coast Guard Academy Alumni Bears beat University of Arizona Alumni today 1-0.


    Everything you do doesn't have to be connected to your service though. I joined my church league softball team. My girlfriend gave me a mitt for my birthday two years ago, and I am pumped to finally use it in games, instead of just in catch.


    So while you may not be required to play sports anymore, I would recommend doing so!
     
  2. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator Moderator

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    I played "football" (folks in the USA call it soccer) from the time I learned to walk (DOD kid in the UK) all the way through the academy.

    I also played on EVERY base team where I was stationed. It was a GREAT way to stay in condition and you met some interesting folks. At one base, one of the team members was the wing commander. On the field, he was "Bob" but...everywhere else he was Colonel!

    He got to know ALL the players. I'm sure it didn't hurt any of us either.

    Just a "gee whiz" there.
     
  3. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Oh I hear that. My hockey team has an average age of....well over 40. We have at least four O-6s and two or three O-6 selects. A team of "veterans". I don't care hold old they are, these guys are good. I say we have a team of Chris Chelios (NHL player who is 47).
     
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    flyersboy114 USAFA Cadet

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    Ice roller or street lits?
     
  5. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    I meant "life" not "live" in the title of this thread.

    There is also a floor hockey tourney in RI each year called the "Admiral's Cup".
     
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    flyersboy114 USAFA Cadet

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    BOOO! Roller is the bestlol
     
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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Oh I thought we were talking about real hockey, I didn't know you were talking about roller. :wink:
     
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    flyersboy114 USAFA Cadet

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    haha Ill admit that roller is a much different game than ice and street. I do prefer to play roller though because I am smaller and I can use my speed and lack of size to my advantage. I would get annihilated in ice because im to small

    Bear in mind, I LOVE ALL HOCKEY.
     
  10. AF6872

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    Wayne Gretzky: 6'00" on a good day and 185 lb after three big meals. Conn College Rink must be CGA "home rink". Always liked the trip to Bourne Rink on the canal. Great seafood just over the bridge and through the circle on the mainland. The legs go fast.:shake:
     
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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Conn College's rink is CGA's home rink too, which was ROCKING on Friday nights.

    Bourne's location is great, right on the canal. I'm a fan of hearing fog horns while you play hockey, especially when their real (although it's nice to hear a horn inside the rink too.).
     
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    I've become a professional surfer.





    WEB surfer, that is! :biggrin:
     
  13. AF6872

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    LITS:

    It is a nice rink at CONN down the hill to the left but no coffee bar for parents. Daughter didn't want to go there. Didn't want to be called a Camel. Went USNA instead even though no women's hockey even with the brand new rink. Hey! By the way! Pentagon!!! IN!!! Frozen Four!!! TICKETS?????
     
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    The Legs I ment were a skaters legs not the crab legs!
     

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