Intercollegiate vs. Intramural Athletics

I had a quick question about the time commitment difference between IC and intramurals. From my understanding, there is time dedicated in afternoon for either activity - IC athletes practice from 1500-1800(?), but how much time do intramurals run for? I'm asking because I'm interested in working towards walking on to an IC sport at somepoint during my time at the Academy, but I also plan on taking my academics very seriously as well as other clubs. I'm assuming I'm going to have to prioritize, but I just wanted to clarify. If I participate in IC athletics, will I be at a significant disadvantage in terms of participation in other clubs, as well as academically? Thank you.
 

wildblueyonder

USAFA '19
Intramurals run for 1.5 hours, from 1600-1730. However, these only occur for a part of the semester (roughly 4 weeks, if you are in a team that makes it to the finals; otherwise, possibly only a week or two). IC commitments vary based on the sport (different sports have different in-season times), but the commitment is much more intense than only 3 hours/day and may include weekend events as well as morning lifts/time away from school during major competitions/etc. If you plan to participate in an IC sport, it's pretty likely that your involvement in other clubs will be limited, especially if you have a "techy" major. Academically speaking, it is definitely possible to succeed, but you may need to make sacrifices in other areas (social life, weekend free time, etc.), depending on your major.
 
Intramurals run for 1.5 hours, from 1600-1730. However, these only occur for a part of the semester (roughly 4 weeks, if you are in a team that makes it to the finals; otherwise, possibly only a week or two). IC commitments vary based on the sport (different sports have different in-season times), but the commitment is much more intense than only 3 hours/day and may include weekend events as well as morning lifts/time away from school during major competitions/etc. If you plan to participate in an IC sport, it's pretty likely that your involvement in other clubs will be limited, especially if you have a "techy" major. Academically speaking, it is definitely possible to succeed, but you may need to make sacrifices in other areas (social life, weekend free time, etc.), depending on your major.
Thanks for the reply, this is really great information. To be more specific, I'm interested in boxing and majoring in biology to prepare for medical school, which requires extracurricular involvement and the likes. I guess I've got some thinking to do.
 

wildblueyonder

USAFA '19
Thanks for the reply, this is really great information. To be more specific, I'm interested in boxing and majoring in biology to prepare for medical school, which requires extracurricular involvement and the likes. I guess I've got some thinking to do.
I am not completely sure about the time commitment associated with boxing, but I think it is generally less demanding than some of the other IC sports (i.e. fewer events outside of normal practice times). I could be wrong on this, though, so any current cadets involved with IC boxing should feel free to correct me. Biology is one of those majors that is stuck in the middle of "techy" and "non-techy", but if you do pre-med, you will be pretty busy with academics (especially given that you need to maintain a very high GPA if you want a good shot at med school). In other words, boxing + pre-med bio will make it very difficult to participate significantly in other clubs.

Don't spend time worrying about it now, though--there will be plenty of time to make those choices once you get here and finish BCT. It's good to start thinking about your plans, but definitely don't stress out about it. Feel free to PM me if you have more questions or just want to chat. Good luck!
 
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