RECREATION & FITNESS

Frequently Asked Questions

Sports FAQs

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Question: What sports are currently offered at the All-Marine level?

Answer:

The following sports will be supported by the HQ MC Sports office: Basketball (M/W); Bowling (M/W); Boxing (M/W); Cross Country (M/W); Golf (M/W); Marine Corps Marathon and Running Program (M/W); Rugby (M); Skeet; Soccer (M/W); Softball (M/W); Triathlon (M/W - Olympic Distance); Volleyball (M/W); and Wrestling (M).

Sports only offered at the Armed Forces Level for 2007:

Cycling; Judo; Shooting (Pistol/Rifle); Parachuting; Sailing; and Track and Field

Question: What is the process to apply for participation in a sport?

Answer:

Process is as follows:

  • Obtain the All-Marine application and athletic summary from your base Athletic Director or from the Semper Fit Sports website:
    http://www.usmc-mccs.org/sports
  • Fill out the application and summary completely.
  • Obtain a command endorsement on your participation.
  • Return all documents to your base Athletic Director.
  • If you do not have a base Athletic Director, mail or fax the completed application and summary to the Marine Sports Office at: Headquarters, United States Marine Corps Morale, Welfare, Recreation & Business Operations (MRS), 3044 Catlin Ave., Quantico, VA 22134-5103, Ph. (703) 432-0727 DSN 378-0727. Toll Free 1-866-4008753. FAX. (703) 784-4125.

Question: When is the completed application and resumes due to the All Marine Sports Office?

Answer:

Applications are due no later than 30 days before training camp begins. If there is not a training camp scheduled for the sport you are applying, the application is due 30 days prior to the Armed Forces Championship or subject event or at the published MARADMIN date.  Solicitations for applications may be found on the MARADMIN board.  Click here for the Recently Published MARADMIN section

Question: I submitted my application, so why wasn't I accepted?

Answer:

The Marine Corps Sports Office stresses the fact that you must complete the application in full. Many times, contact information provided by the athletes is incomplete. Please ensure that correct commercial phone and fax numbers are provided and that you submit an accurate address or geographic location if you are deployed. Please ensure that all parts of the application, to include the affidavit, are completely filled out. Include race times and events within the last three months. Resumes that have old information may not get weighed as heavily as more current ones. Also, there are a limited number of positions available for each sport. Please keep in mind that you are competing with other athletes throughout the Marine Corps, and competition may be extremely competitive.

Question: Since all available funded spots for the sport I want to participate in are full, can I pay my own way to the competition?

Answer:

No. The Marine Corps Sports Office works closely with the coaching staff to ensure the best qualified athletes are chosen.  This program is fully funded and will not allow Marines to incur personal, out-of-pocket expenses.

Question: Does my Commanding Officer have to approve my application?

Answer:

Yes. You cannot be selected to participate in any All Marine Sports sponsored event without the approval of your commanding officer.  This will ensure that your command group is aware of your participation and will avoid unauthorized absences.

Question: I have heard of athletes obtaining funding from the All Marine Sports Office for sports that are not listed on the calendar. How is this possible?

Answer:

The All Marine Sports Program does assist athletes in a number of non DOD Championship events. These individuals have demonstrated a high degree of athletic ability at the national/international level in sports that lead to national, world, Olympic, and Pan American games Championships. These athletes have already established themselves as world-class athletes and are capable of being competitive on an international level. The individuals are evaluated on a case by case basis.

Question: So then the All Marine Sports Office does have a world-class athlete program, right?

Answer:

No. All Marine Sports does not have a program to develop world class athletes. Athletes must prove that they are already competitive on a national or international level.

Question: Do any sports require individuals to get a physical examination before competing in them?

Answer:

Yes. In order to compete on the All Marine Boxing or Wrestling teams, you must get a physical examination and submit it with your application. The necessary forms can be obtained from the same sources as your application.

Question: Am I required to have a passport for any events?

Answer:

Yes. For all sports that lead to an overseas CISM Championship event, you must obtain a current passport. Official passports may be issued by local commands, but not all commands issue passports, especially if a NATO country hosts the event. Due to current heightened tourist alerts, personal tourist passports are highly recommended, and in the event official passports cannot be issued, tourist passports are mandatory for consideration of participation.

Question: Will the All Marine Sports office reimburse the cost for tourist passports since my local travel office would not issue an Official passport?

Answer:

No. Personal tourist passports will not be paid for by the All Marine Sports office or HQ-MCCS. Tourist passports may be used for personal use for up to ten years, and therefore are not authorized to be funded by HQ-MCCS.

Question: What is a CISM championship?

Answer:

The Conseil International du Sport Militaire is the international committee of Armed forces sports. For all armed forces sports the top athletes/finishers will move on to the international competition which is held in a CISM participating country.

Question: What is the process to get new, popular sports approved to be an armed forces sport?

Answer:

The Armed Forces Working Group revises the sports listed on the Armed Forces Sports calendar regularly. Not all sports may be added. Keep in mind, all four will need to budget and participate in all of the endorsed sports. Occasionally, some sports are dropped due to budgetary constraints and lack of participation. If you know a sport that you think should be included on the All Marine or Armed forces sports calendar, you are encouraged to submit a position paper stating your reasons and justification why this particular sport should be funded and included by all the armed forces. Remember all Armed forces Sports are approved based upon participation and budgetary availability. Submit this position paper to HQMC Semper fit.

Question: How do you select a team?

Answer:

All-Marine team selections occur after the resume deadline. All resumes are racked and stacked by the team coach. In cases where there is no coach or times cannot be compared, an expert in the sport is consulted to give recommendations.

Question: Can I still submit a resume after the deadline?

Answer:

Resumes may be submitted at anytime. There are some cases where there are too little applications are submitted and resumes are accepted well after the deadline. In the event where there are enough applications submitted or the camp has already begun, applications will be reviewed and kept on file, but there is no guarantee that it will accepted.

Question: How long do All-Marine Sports take?

Answer:

Any sport will compete from 3 days to 1 week. Training camps may take up to 3 weeks. As a general rule, when submitting resumes, be aware that your command is willing to release you from the beginning of the All Marine Trial Camp to the highest level of competition. In some instances, this may take up to three months. Please consult the All Marine Calendar or the Base Athletic Director for further details.

Question: Do all sports have training camps?

Answer:

No. Only a few sports actually have a training camp that is used to aid the coach in selecting the team and to form team unity.

Question: When can I expect notification of acceptance or non-acceptance of my application?

Answer:

If you are accepted you will be notified by email or your installation athletics office 30 days before the sport begins. During periods of high Marine Corps operations tempo, notification of acceptance may occur within a week of the trial camp due to a low number of applications that may have been submitted.  If you are not sure that you were accepted, please contact the Marine Corps Sports Office as soon as possible.

Your local base is responsible for issuing orders. If you are not accepted you will be notified by email as soon as possible. 

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