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Our mission is to motivate, prepare, and evaluate all cadet candidates through a variety of athletic experiences. The U.S. Air Force Preparatory School Athletic Department fully prepares recruited athletes for the physical, mental, and emotional rigors of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division 1 athletics; while also preparing all cadet candidate athletes to successfully meet USAFA cadet physical education requirements.

USAF Prep accomplishes this mission by maximizing the physical aptitude of every cadet candidate, and by inspiring men and women to become leaders of character. USAFA/PLA arms each cadet candidates for success by exposing them to physical activities included in the USAFA curriculum, whether experienced on a USAFA NCAA roster or in a Cadet Squadron.

Intercollegiate Sports

Men’s Football

Men’s Basketball

Women’s Basketball

Soccer (Co-Ed)

The Preparatory School offers 4 uniformed sports which include Football, Men’s basketball, Women’s basketball, and Soccer (co-ed). Our programs participate in a completive schedule made up of NJCAA programs, college JV teams, other Preparatory schools. Each sport offers and encourages open tryouts for Cadet Candidates to compete.

Prep Physical Education

PE is designed with several goals in mind. (1) To improve cadet candidate’s performance on the PFT and AFT, as well as their overall personal fitness levels. (2) To develop a positive attitude toward physical fitness and teamwork in each cadet candidate. (3) To promote personal responsibility regarding physical fitness in each cadet candidate. (4) To maximize the ability of each C/C to meet USAFA’s Physical Education Average (PEA) requirement and, if recruited, to compete at a NCAA Division I level.

Cadet candidates take the Physical Fitness Test (PFT) four times during their 10 months at the Preparatory School. The first PFT is administered at the end of BMT to assess overall cadet candidate levels of fitness. Success in the PFT, the same test cadet’s face at the Academy, while at the Preparatory School better prepares cadet candidates for Basic Cadet Training (BCT) and the physical demands of the four year cadet experience.

Mid-way through the first quarter, a 10-lesson introductory physical education (PE) class is given to all non-intercollegiate recruited 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