Do they not have an opportunity to tryout during mass athletics during beast? What sports do have tryouts during that time?If you are interested in boxing...work on conditioning...hmmm....yup...cannot overstate how important conditioning will be during tryouts. My 2018 and 2019 are on the team and it has been a great experience. They are ok if you do not have a ton of experience, they have a great coaching staff but to get a shot...condition. Best of luck! Btw...Not weights...run, run hills and focus on body weight exercises. I should add, yup, every plebe does take boxing however, the club team is different and you will have an opportunity to try out after the first week or so of classes.
This is helpful thank you. I'd imagine a ton of cadets tryout since everyone takes boxing as a class, is that accurate?If you are interested in boxing...work on conditioning...hmmm....yup...cannot overstate how important conditioning will be during tryouts. My 2018 and 2019 are on the team and it has been a great experience. They are ok if you do not have a ton of experience, they have a great coaching staff but to get a shot...condition. Best of luck! Btw...Not weights...run, run hills and focus on body weight exercises. I should add, yup, every plebe does take boxing however, the club team is different and you will have an opportunity to try out after the first week or so of classes.
Thank you for correcting me! See kids don't rush through your homework!Actually, the term is "authos".....it's shorthand for "authorizations".
My son is a Plebe. He was not recruited, but was an excellent multi-sport athlete in high school, earning all-league and all-district awards. He was in tremendous physical shape on R-day. During Beast he considered several sports, including soccer and baseball, but decided to try out for the WP Boxing team. He really liked it, and was hoping to make the team, but was cut. The tryouts were a ton of running, and it was hard, but he kept pace well. He was encouraged to continue working out with the team, and try out next year (my son not only had never boxed before, but had never even been in a fist fight, other than a few shoving matches during basketball, football or soccer games). So he ended up doing "functional fitness" as a company sport, because you lose the chance to compete for a spot on another team when you try out for a competitive sport and get cut. He was OK with Funky-fitness, but this semester tried out for Crew, and made it. He said the practices are very hard, but he really enjoys being on the team, and likes his teammates.Was wondering how challenging it is to make a competitive club team at USMA. Particularly boxing, fencing or marathon.
Just talked to my son last night, and your points are spot on. We asked him if he has been keeping in touch with his good friends from home, and he said he hasn't because he just doesn't have any time at all. He really enjoys the crew gang though. He is on the novice team, so not as much contact with varsity, since they practice separately most of the time. He is looking forward to the competitions. We are going to meet him in Philadelphia on Easter weekend for a competition, and he is taking a religious pass and will stay with us until Monday. Will be nice having the family all together for Easter, even if it is away from home.Another plug for crew is that the boathouse is kinda like a private clubhouse, a place away from the madding crowd. Lots of authos, and the crews are very, very tight. Downside is that crew is a relentless sport and sucks up a tremendous amount of time with two practices a day. It's not for the faint of heart or those struggling with academics.
Thanks for the insight, and we need it because our knowledge of rowing is limited to the few times I watched it in the Olympics. We found out he was on the crew team was when he called and said he won't be home for spring break, which caused disappointment, and worry, until he told us he was on the crew team and had a training program at Clemson.Not to turn this into a crew thread, but want to make a point for new crew parents that crew is a challenging spectator sport -- you pick a spot and then hope you get a good view of your kid in the three seconds it takes him to pass by. And that's all you get. Best spectator spots are bridges (if there are any, you may get some nice pics of your kid passing below you), or close to the finish line. Ask your rower to find out where the recommended viewing spots are for the particular venue. The coaches and varsity rowers will be able to advise. When you get to the venue, you can check the latest post for the lane USMA is rowing in and that may further help you decide where to camp as some venues will have spots on both sides of the river.