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.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!