Varsity Sport

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  1. Vballgal123

    Vballgal123 New Member

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    Hey, everyone! I know that the vast majority of people at the service academies played a varsity sport in high school. I was wondering if it made a difference if you lettered in a non-cut sport like track or lettered in a cut sport like volleyball? Thanks!
     
  2. MidCakePa

    MidCakePa Member

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    SAs won't get into detail of whether it was a cut or non-cut sport. You get points for certain individual achievements (i.e. all league) and a couple sports warrant extra points (i.e. football). Beyond that, they don't know, nor do they necessarily care, if you were a starter or reserve or anything else.
     
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  3. OldRetSWO

    OldRetSWO USNA 78/parent 11/BGO for >25yrs 5-Year Member

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    There are really two ways that the Service Academies look at a candidate's sport participation. The first and for most people, more important is the leadership aspect. Just being on a sports team has a leadership impact and if you are the captain, even more so. Many things are involved, working under pressure, dealing with a team, etc that resonate well with what the academies are looking for. The "cut" status of your individual team/school is really not too important here.

    The other major way that the Service Academies look at sport participation is from the standpoint of staffing their own athletic teams. IF you're "good" enough to play at the college level, then that is something that the Academy will probably find interesting. If you don't know if you're "good" enough, call the team coach at the academy and ask them. Be ready to provide video or other samples of your performance. Again, the "cut" status of your sport does not really matter.
     
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