Importance of school sports?

Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by 36falcon36, Oct 29, 2017.

  1. 36falcon36

    36falcon36 Member

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    Hi everyone, I am a junior in high school and currently am not on any school sport teams. I did play JV soccer for two years but had to quit due to personal and family reasons. However, I do play for various rec and travel soccer teams in my community, and am also going to help assistant coach a middle school soccer team. Will all of this be valued the same way as being on a school sports team? I know that sports are an important part of your application, but I am just curious as to whether it has to come from your school JV or V teams to be competitive for admission.
    If it helps, I am planning on either trying out for my schools tennis or softball team in the spring.
    Besides sports, I do think that I have a good list of other things that will help my application, such as
    • 3.9 GPA
    • Taking the SAT in December, but I am very confident I will get a good score due to scores on practice tests I’ve taken (1400+)
    • Being an IB diploma program student
    • NHS
    • Science Olympiad team
    • Marching Band - auditioning for section leader or drum major next year
    • Pep Band
    • Jazz Band
    • Concert Band
    • Youth ambassador at my church
    • Community Service

    Any advice is greatly appreciated!
     
  2. eljay60

    eljay60 AFROTC parent, former ANC in USAR

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    Organized school sports is shorthand for familiarity with teamwork, physical fitness, dealing with loss, time management, and for some, leadership. The sports aren't make-or-break, but if you don't have them, you need to emphasize in essays and other interactions that you understand and recognize those concepts. I'm not sure about the USAFA, but the AFROTC doesn't count anything past junior year, unless your ACT/SAT scores change. Your stats look light on demonstrated leadership. Academics are the most important thing, but all the academies and scholarships are 'whole person' evaluations, and excellence in one at the expense of others won't make the cut. Good luck!
     
  3. fencersmother

    fencersmother 10-Year Member Founding Member

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    Community sports are great - but don't think that playing with the old folks in a pick up game is equivalent to a competitive league.
     
  4. MidwestDad

    MidwestDad Member

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    Teamwork and leadership are the traits desired - not mere participation in athletics. Not knocking your resume but be prepared to show other evidence of these if your sports CV is thin.
     
  5. 2018DAD

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    Fencer, had to laugh at your response in this respect...My DS, current Firstie has been playing softball with a local ‘beer league’ team in the Springs. He is the ‘Kid’ by about 20-30 years (!!!).. so it CAN be done once you have the appointment
     
  6. bopper

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    Notice they say "Athletic Letter Award" as in Varsity Award as in School Sport. It is the easiest way for them to know the caliber of program you are in.
    Leadership Profile: Class of 2017

    ACTIVITY % OF CLASS
    Athletic Letter Award 79
    National Honor Society 69
    Scouting 23
    Class President or VP 18
    Boys/Girls State or Nation 17
    Valedictorian/Salutatorian 11
     
  7. Christcorp

    Christcorp 10-Year Member

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    Read the sticky at the top of the forum.