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Preparatory School


The Prep School football team takes on Trinity Valley Community College.

We motivate, prepare, and evaluate all cadet-candidates through a variety of athletic experiences. Our athletic department fully prepares recruited athletes for the physical, mental, and emotional rigors of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I athletics; while preparing all cadet-candidates to successfully meet physical education requirements as a cadet.

The school accomplishes the mission by maximizing the physical aptitude of every cadet candidate, and by inspiring men and women to become leaders of character.

Intercollegiate Sports

The Preparatory School offers four uniformed sports which include football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, and coed soccer. Our teams participate in a competitive schedule made of NJCAA programs, college junior varsity teams, and 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 the United States Air Force Academy’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