Sports vs. Sea Duty at USMMA

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  1. Dadx4

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    I'm hoping some graduates or current students can help with this one. Probably a stupid question, but for recruited athletes, are the trimesters at sea scheduled at different times than the involved sports seasons? Thanks in advance!
     
  2. beyond

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    Yes. For a fall sport you'd be "A-Split."

    So you'd be out to sea 2nd tri 3/c year and 2nd and 3rd tri 2/c year, you would always be on campus for fall (1st tri).

    Spring/winter sport athletes go B-Split.

    B-Split means out to sea 1st and 3rd tri 3/c year and 1st tri 2/c year.
     
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  3. west coast dad

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    How competative is it to get a spot on the soccer team? Are tryouts very competative?
     
  4. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    The soccer team is very good, as in goes to the NCAA tournament on a regular basis good.

    If you are not being actively recruited then it will be tough to make the team, but not impossible. If you are a good player then getting in touch with the coaches is a great first step.
     
  5. Dadx4

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    Thanks beyond!
     
  6. west coast dad

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    Thanks kp2001!
     
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    What about rugby?
     
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    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    Rugby is a club sport and from what I have seen everyone who puts in the time and effort is afforded the opportunity to play on the team. The rugby team also tends to be quite good for a club sport and the people who play seem to form great friendships with each other.
     
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    Thanks kp2001, that's good info! We appreciate your replies
     
  10. cmakin

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    As a former member from the old days, we had two seasons of rugby, spring and fall. Inevitably, I would miss a season during sea year, but we had the quarter system back then. There was some noise about making us more than a club, but that would have put the kibosh on the post game traditional rugby party. I can't recall if the club ever did get a higher status, but apparently it is back to being a club, and I believe that is the best. We were always one of the better teams in the northeast, and yeah, made some great friendships there. . . and being a rugger is kind of like being a Marine on an international scale. . .meet another one anywhere and doors open. Rugby was a great way to vent when I was there and I believe that it was instrumental in getting my through the Academy experience. . . . and hopefully most have forgotten about that party at the CPO club. . . . oh, never mind.
     

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