Stopping a sport for work.

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  1. 1191

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    This year, I had to stop playing baseball after being laid off the only job that I could find that allowed my baseball practice/game times. How will West Point view me stopping baseball for work?
     
  2. vampsoul

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    If you're working ten hours a week or more, then that gets factored in.
     
  3. M19

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    So, if I am working about 15-20+ hours a week in a paid, management internship employment position (through DECA - Business Club), rather then be on a sports team, would that affect my chances at all for class of 2014?

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  4. chiazo

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    You should play a sport. If you look at each classes entering profile you would see that basically every person in the class has played a varsity sport.
     
  5. America's Finest

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    Yes, it will affect you because it won't give you points in the physical fitness category.
     
  6. M19

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    Let me clarify, I have played several sports, but I recently stopped due to time conflicts with my job. So I have participated in athletics.

    Would USMA view my job as leadership, since I am doing a management internship, and how would having 2 years of sports and 2 years of a job affect my application?

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  7. 2011's Mom

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    The SA's recognize that many applicants must obtain employment & do consider that in the process. Your job sounds like it would be a good addition on the leadership side of the equation. If I recall correctly, at least one SA (don't remember if it was USMA or USAFA) sent my D a form to have her boss complete attesting to her employment & I recall that it had a brief assessment section as well. I distinctly remember the form included sections for the boss to also note average hours worked in the school year & summer as well.

    I am sure you already recognize this but it is worth stating again, if you cannot find a way to play some type of sport concurrent to working, it behooves you to ensure you do well on the CFA.

    Good luck & remember that every candidate has a different path to the SAs. It is very difficult to state a "norm" for those getting an appointment. While it is clear that a vast majority of students have played varsity sports in HS - that is not to say they played 4 years of varsity sports. I know several that left HS sports for a job and others that played no HS sports.

    Bottom line: do your best to make your file as competitive as possible. If you must work a job that interferes with your sport, then do it to the best of your ability and use it to strengthen your file in other areas. Keep your grades as high as possible and with any other spare time after your 15-20 hour a week job plus good grades, keep in great shape for the CFA.
     
  8. M19

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    Thanks for the help 2011's Mom, I have already starting preparing for the CFA at SLS, and hope to get a competitive score.

    One of the slight problems at a school like mine is the size, only around 4000 or so! This just means that some of the sports at my school are very competitive at the Varsity level, and our JV level is still really competitive; which has helped to let our Varsity Girls Soccer Team be ranked #1 in the country the past 2 years!

    Thanks again!

    M19
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  9. Just_A_Mom

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    M19 - 2011'sMom is absolutely correct.
    West Point does ask if you worked during the school year and will allow your employer to evaluate you. They understand family circumstances.
    That being said - what 2011'sMom says about sports is also important. At West Point you will be an athlete. Try and find at least an intramural or club program that you can participate in. This will enhance your application.
     

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