Athletics at the Prep School prepare cadet candidates for the rigors of athletic competition, necessary physical conditioning and mental fortitude necessary to succeed at the United States Air Force Academy. The Prep School athletic program mirrors that of the Academy, focusing on competitive sports, physical conditioning/education and fitness testing.
Prep School varsity athletic teams compete against top-rated NJCAA, NCAA junior varsity and other service academy Prep School teams. Walk-on players and managers are essential and encouraged!
For specialized sports in which the Prep School cannot field or coach a full team, select cadet candidates may join a “downtown” team or league. Examples include, but are not limited to, tennis, men’s/women’s gymnastics and swimming. Participation in specialized sports is based upon recruitment and limited to cadet candidates with the potential to compete at the Division I level.
Starting during Basic Military Training (BMT), cadet candidates have daily morning physical training (PT) sessions which consist of alternating aerobic and anaerobic exercises to improve strength and conditioning at a more rapid rate. Intramural sports are also a part of BMT and cadet candidates can choose to participate in football, wrestling, basketball, volleyball, soccer or ultimate Frisbee.
Mid-way through the first quarter, a 10-lesson introductory physical education (PE) class is given to all non-intercollegiate athletes and consists of:
- Weight training exercises with a focus on proper technique
- Long distance running to increase endurance
- Indoor and outdoor sprinting to improve stamina
- Hill training to improve acclimation, muscle strength and overall endurance and stamina
Cadet candidates take the Physical Fitness Test (PFT) four times during their 10 months at the Prep School. The first PFT is administered at the end of BMT to assess overall cadet candidate levels of fitness, and is the same test cadets face at the Academy. Success in the PFT while at the Prep School will make you better prepared for Basic Cadet Training (BCT) <Link to BCT> and the physical demands of your four years as a cadet.