Are athletic accolades important?

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  1. dorian129

    dorian129 New Member

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    I play a varsity sport with accolades including all-state, all-region, all-area, and all-district honors. I understand that being team captain is of importance, but do these accolades hold any importance to service academies?
     
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    USMAROTCFamily 5-Year Member

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    Yes, these are looked at by West Point. Are you also being recruited in your sport?
     
  3. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Just my opinion, but I expect team captain and other leadership positions will be as, or even more, important.
     
  4. MidwestDad

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    Leadership roles are more significant than individual awards but they are both in your favor.
     
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    “On the fields of friendly strife are sown the seeds that on other days and other fields will bear the fruits of victory. ”

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  6. brovol

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    My son listed his "All District" and "All Conference" first team honors, along with the "All Academic" awards for soccer, baseball and swimming. I think mostly it is a way to distinguish someone who is "on" a varsity team from someone who is very competitive in varsity athletics. I think most kids who attend academies are "All League" quality in one sport or another, so that puts you in the mix. "All State" is a pretty bid deal though. I would probably emphasize that. My son wasn't close to being "All State", so I don't know the value of that distinction, but I would for sure toot that horn loudly.
     
  7. 5Day

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    Yes, Athletic Accolades are important, especially if they are "All American or All-Area". This is from a dated Rand Report http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/research_reports/RR700/RR723/RAND_RR723.pdf specifically about the scoring system at USMA. This is from the "Athletic Activities" scoring section which make up 10% of the Whole Candidate Score (WCS)

    Athletic Activity Levels and Points Athletic Activity Level Points
    800 Points - An outstanding athlete (All-American, 1st team All-Area selection in baseball/softball, basketball, or football) and athletic rating of either 1 or 2 in the sport in which honors are received or a CFA score greater than 650.

    700 Points - 1st team All-Area selection in a single sport (other than baseball/softball, basketball, or football). Captain of baseball/softball, basketball or football team. Team captain in two or more sports (other than baseball/softball, basketball, or football, for class size over 100).

    500 Points - Captain of team (other than baseball/softball, basketball, or football). Varsity letter in baseball/softball, basketball or football. Varsity letter in two or more sports (other than baseball/softball, basketball, or football). 600 Varsity letter in a single sport (other than baseball/softball, basketball, or football).

    400 Points - Participation in varsity sport without a letter.

    300 Points - Participation in junior-varsity and other team sports (excluding intramurals).

    200 Points - Candidates with no participation and no evidence of interest in sports.
     
  8. USMA21

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    Yes those athletic accolades are very important