The USAFA PE program is designed to expose cadets to a wide variety of physical skills and to promote a positive, self-confident attitude.  The program is led by USAFA/ADP who also serves as the Permanent Professor and Head of the PE Department.

Objectives and Assessment Criteria:

-          Provide every cadet with situations and experience that will help develop such leadership attributes as self-confidence, emotional control, persistence, courage, discipline and teamwork.  

-          Provide every cadet with the opportunity for maximum development of physical strength, stamina, flexibility, and motor performance. USAFA/ADP assesses the development of each cadet by using physical fitness and aerobic tests and graded evaluations in each PE course.  Students must pass all core and elective courses in order to meet USAFA graduation requirements. 

-          Cultivate in every cadet a keen interest in, and the ability to perform, a number of physical skills to enable them to participate in vigorous activity throughout their lifetime.  Each cadet is required to satisfactorily complete the core PE curriculum.  Through core and core elective courses, cadets are taught basic lifetime fitness principles that will allow them to meet and exceed USAF fitness standards.  In addition, they will learn specific skills in sports which can be used throughout a career of service to the nation.

 

PE Course Requirements.  During the academic year, all cadets participate in the instructional PE program.  Classes are 75-minutes long and meet every other day for eight lessons (10 contact hours, .5 sem hrs). 

The following are PE graduation requirements for the USAF Academy:

Non-intercollegiate cadets must take the following courses:  one Level 1 Aquatics course; one Level 2 Aquatics course; three Combative courses (Boxing, Combatives I and Combatives II; Physical Development; one individual lifetime sport; one team sport; and, two open elective courses.

A cadet who completes four years as an intercollegiate athlete must take the following courses:  one Level 1 Aquatics course; one Level 2 Aquatics course; three Combative courses; and, one open elective course.
              
Aquatics core courses:

Level 1:  PE 111 - Swimming and PE 119 - Basic Swimming.

Level 2:  PE 211 - Basic Water Survival and PE 222 - Water Survival

Combative core courses: 

PE 110 – Boxing

PE 215 – Combatives I

PE 315 – Combatives II

Individual lifetime sports offered:

PE 340 – Racquetball

PE 341 – Tennis

PE 342 – Golf

PE 343 – Indoor Rock Climbing

PE 344 – Warrior Enhancement Yoga

Team sports offered: 

PE 484 – Volleyball

PE 486 – Basketball

PE 487 – Soccer

PE 488 - Softball

Open electives include: 

PE 114 – Introduction to Combatives

PE 483 – SCUBA

Additional individual or team sport electives

                       

PHYSICAL EDUCATION (Phy Ed) COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Phy Ed 100.  Basic Physical Training.  0(0).  Preparation for strenuous physical education and athletics by development of physical strength, endurance, agility, and coordination through conditioning exercises, sports competition, and taking the Physical Fitness and Aerobics Test.  Special training in conditioning as needed.  Pass/Fail.  Sem hrs:  0 summer.

Phy Ed 110.  Boxing. Boxing is taught to all cadets in order to develop an understanding of the physiological and psychological aspects of personal confrontation and provide the foundation for future combatives training and proficiency.  Boxing is a proven developer of personal self-efficacy and physical conditioning, and also develops and intensifies the military leadership attributes of quick reaction, coordination, accurate timing, judgment, aggressiveness, and determination.  Boxing quickly acclimates the mind and body to adapt to stress and overcome fear which are abilities essential for military leadership.  It further teaches the ability to keep calm and poised under pressure, thus developing emotional control.  The course includes 8 lessons of boxing skills, with safety, rules, and scoring emphasized prior to the graded review lessons. Sem hrs:  0.5(2xx) fall or spring.

In addition, this course/program is a primary contributor to the development and assessment of the following USAFA outcomes:

Skills:

Decision Making, Stamina, Courage, Discipline

Phy Ed 111. Swimming.  Swimming is an individual sport that will teach cadets how to swim a variety of strokes and skills and to aid each cadet in learning to handle themselves in a swimming emergency.  The class will provide sufficient aerobic and anaerobic activity and stroke skills so each individual is able to maintain and improve physical fitness in an aquatic environment as a cadet and officer.  The students are graded on stroke skills, a timed 250 yard or meter swim, underwater swim, 5-meter scenario, treading water and drown proofing.  Sem hrs:  0.5(2xx) fall or spring.

In addition, this course/program is a primary contributor to the development and assessment of the following USAFA outcomes:

Skills:

Stamina, Courage, Discipline

Phy Ed 112. Physical Development.  Over the course of 8 lessons cadets will learn the strength and conditioning principles necessary to enhance cadre training of the cadet wing and, once on active duty, develop effective Air Force fitness training programs.  Cadets will participate in tailored program that are designed around a needs-analysis, based upon exercise science principles, and informed by the specialized requirements of an expeditionary airman and tactical athlete.  Additionally, cadets will enhance their knowledge of exercise selection, teaching progressions, and recovery and restoration methods.  Prereq:  None.  Sem hrs:  0.5(2xx) fall or spring.

Phy Ed 113.  Fundamentals of Physical Development.  A 16 lesson (20 contact hours) individual developmental physical education course in which cadets will learn and apply the skills necessary to establish and maintain proficient levels of fitness as a cadet and officer.  Participants will engage in a rigorous physical conditioning program comprised of alternating sessions of muscular resistance training, aerobic and anaerobic conditioning, functional fitness, core strengthening and stabilization, and flexibility training.  In addition, cadets will be exposed to proper diet and nutrition concepts and resources, as well as tools and methods for mental strengthening to foster resiliency.  Cadets with a diagnostic PFT following BCT of 226 or lower for A-B Go or diagnostic or primary PFT of 250 for later Goes will be automatically enrolled.  Prereq:  Selection by Athletic Department.  Sem hrs:  0.5(2xx) summer, fall, or spring.

Phy Ed 114.  Introduction to Combatives.  Introduction to Combatives is taught to cadets at the United States Air Force Academy in order to develop an understanding of the physiological and psychological aspects of combat.  In addition to the physical aspects of self defense, cadets are taught how to be aware of their environmental surroundings, avoid dangerous situations, and to be assertive if necessary in dealing with unwanted confrontation.  The value of self defense and combative skills is not only in the physical skills that are acquired, but the acclimation of the body and mind in adapting and overcoming a fearful and stressful situation.  This course teaches the cadet to think and react under pressure and develops self confidence, courage, stamina and agility, all necessary characteristics of a strong military presence.  Cadets are tested in a competitive environment and are expected to be able to convey key points of techniques taught. Final exam.  Prereq:  Phy Ed 110 or as directed by the Physical Education Review Committee (PERC).  Sem hrs:  0.5(2xx) fall or spring.

Phy Ed 119.  Basic Swimming I.  This course is designed for cadets with little exposure to aquatics or those needing work on specific swimming endurance.  Because these cadets typically need more time to acclimate to swimming, the course is 16 lessons.  Entry into the class is determined by a student’s aquatic ability assessment, a 250 yard timed swim and input from aquatics instructors.  The first eight lessons focus on technique.  The final eight lessons focus on building swimming endurance with continued work on technique.  Cadets will be introduced to survival skills in preparation for the 200 level aquatics course.  Cadets are encouraged to move on to regular water survival.  However, more typically, they move on to Basic Water Survival for their 200 level aquatics.  Replaces Phy Ed 111.  Sem hrs:  0.5(2xx) fall or spring.

In addition, this course/program is a primary contributor to the development and assessment of the following USAFA outcomes:

Skills:

Stamina, Courage, Discipline

Phy Ed 152.  Intercollegiate Sports.  .05(2xx) fall or spring.

Phy Ed 211.  Basic Water Survival.  This course continues the development of the basic swimmer and teaches cadets basic aquatic survival skills that last a lifetime. These survival methods serve officers well throughout their careers.  The class provides sufficient aerobic and anaerobic activities that challenge the cadets to maintain an above average level of fitness while having fun through aquatics.  Cadets learn to save their own lives and assist others in a water emergency, survive in the water for long periods of time, and build confidence to swim long distances.  Moreover, cadets experience situations that develop self-confidence, emotional control, persistence and courage.  A variety of skills challenge cadets to move beyond their current skill and comfort levels.  Cadets are evaluated in each one of the skills taught throughout the course.  Replaces Phy Ed 222.  Final exam.  Sem hrs:  0.5(2xx) fall or spring.

In addition, this course/program is a primary contributor to the development and assessment of the following USAFA outcomes:

Skills:

Stamina, Courage, Discipline

Phy Ed 215.  Combatives I.  Introduction to students in unarmed fighting.  Students are taught a series of techniques in order to respond to a violent confrontation.  Students are taught to defend themselves from a standing position incorporating strikes, dominant body position, and basic weapons retention.  Students are put in scenario-based drill in order to apply techniques in a competitive environment.  Students are tested on their ability to convey key components of what they are taught.  Final exam.  Sem hrs:  0.5(2xx) fall or spring.

In addition, this course/program is a primary contributor to the development and assessment of the following USAFA outcomes:

Skills:

Decision Making, Courage, Discipline

Phy Ed 219.  Basic Swimming II.  Replaces Phy Ed 222.  Sem hrs:  0.5(2xx) fall or spring.

Phy Ed 222.  Water Survival.  An introduction to basic personal water survival skills and lifesaving techniques.  The primary objective of the course is to learn personal water survival skills that are needed in a water emergency.  A secondary objective is to learn basic lifesaving skills needed to assist someone else involved in a water emergency.  Work to increase cardiovascular and muscular endurance is also part of the course.  Prereq:  Phy Ed 111 or 119.  Final exam.  Sem hrs:  0.5(2xx) fall or spring.

In addition, this course/program is a primary contributor to the development and assessment of the following USAFA outcomes:

Skills:

Stamina, Courage, Discipline

Phy Ed 252.  Intercollegiate Sports.  Sem hrs:  0.5(2xx) fall or spring.

Phy Ed 315.  Combatives II.  An introduction to basic unarmed offensive and defensive, grappling, choking, and joint locking skills.  Includes live contact combative grappling designed to instill confidence, the ability to think and react quickly under pressure, and the ability to defend oneself in a hand-to-hand combat situation.  Students will be expected to demonstrate the aggressive mind set, mental toughness and warrior spirit required to survive and prevail in an unarmed combat situation.  Final exam.  Prereq:  Phy Ed 215.  Sem hrs:  0.5(2xx) fall or spring.

In addition, this course/program is a primary contributor to the development and assessment of the following USAFA outcomes:

Skills:

Decision Making, Stamina, Courage, Discipline

Phy Ed 340.  Racquetball.  This class is designed to introduce the cadets to the essential fundamentals of racquetball including the introductory skills and rules of the game. This class offers the opportunity for students to develop a lifetime sport that can be used to stay physically fit and provides a recreational sport to play during intramural competition and throughout their Air Force career.  This is a fun and exciting class for the cadets through athletics.  Sem hrs:  0.5(2xx) fall or spring.

Phy Ed 341.  Tennis.  Tennis is an individual sport that teaches cadets the fundamentals of tennis so that they will achieve sufficient skills to participate in a game while a cadet, later as an officer, and throughout their life.  Cadets will learn and be tested on the forehand, backhand, and the serve.  Their physical fitness will be maintained and improved through drills and match play.  Single and doubles match play will also be evaluated and graded.  Each cadet will learn enough about the game so that he or she will have a newfound appreciation for the sport and be able to appreciate the game.  Sem hrs:  0.5(2xx) fall or spring.

Phy Ed 342.  Golf.  An introduction to the sport of golf designed to give students confidence by teaching the fundamental golf mechanics through repetitive drill techniques.  Emphasis is placed on skills improvement and understanding a respect for the game of golf, its traditions, rules, and etiquette. Basic golf swing technique demonstration and practice of putting, short irons, long irons, proper setup, and grip make up the foundation of the course.  Emphasizes the need for practice discipline and mental concentration.  One written exam, one performance exam.  Sem hrs:  0.5(2xx) fall or spring.

Phy Ed 343.  Indoor Rock Climbing.  This course is designed to introduce cadets to the fundamentals of rock climbing.  This class develops muscle strength, flexibility, agility, balance, coordination, problem solving, fear management, and physical and mental focus.  Learning to rock climb in an indoor facility allows climbers to challenge themselves and overcome fear in a rational manner in a fun and safe environment.  The cadets are taught and tested on fundamental climbing skills such as use and care of climbing equipment, hand and footwork efficiency, knots, top roping, bouldering, belaying, rated climbs, judgment, and safety.  Cadets will be provided all equipment and gear necessary to complete this course.  Situational awareness, risk management and proper decision making are mandatory components of this course.  This course will be offered senior year or as available in elective choices.  Cadets may take either SCUBA or Rock Climbing, not both.  Prereq:  Phy Ed 112 and physical standards as established by the course director.  One written exam, one performance exam.  Sem hrs:  0.5(2xx) fall or spring.

Phy Ed 344.  Warrior Enhancement Yoga.  This course is designed to introduce cadets to a multi-dimensional exercise system and lifetime skill set which cultivates the ability to function more efficiently in high-demand, high-stress Air Force environments.  Cadets will learn to enhance the mind-body connection through stretching, balancing, and strengthening the body, while calming, centering, and focusing the mind.  Additional benefits include increased confidence, stress management, and improved physical and mental wellness and resiliency.  Cadets will learn basic Yoga principles and positions, and breathing techniques, to help manage stress, improve focus and alertness, and reach a state of healthy relaxation.  Cadets will be introduced to challenging positions to use for goal setting and personal progress benchmarks, and will be required to develop a personal wellness regimen that can be applied throughout their career, anytime and anywhere, with no required equipment.  Additionally, cadets will incorporate teamwork through partner-based practice relying on verbal and visual cues to guide partners through self-developed yoga sequences.  Two graded reviews (written and practical).  Prereq:  Phy Ed 112 or Phy Ed 152/252/352/452.  Sem hrs:  0.5(2xx) fall or spring.

Phy Ed 352.  Intercollegiate Sports.  Sem hrs:  0.5(2xx) fall or spring.

Phy Ed Aca 440.  Exercise Physiology.  3(2).  Exercise physiology is the study of body functions before, during, and after an exercise session.  This class also looks at the short-term and long-term changes that result from exercise training.  Includes both academic classes and laboratory experiences where the students learn about their body composition, strength, anaerobic power, and aerobic capacity.  Prereq:  Course Director approval.  Sem hrs:  3 fall.

Phy Ed 452.  Intercollegiate Sports.  Sem hrs:  0.5(2xx) fall or spring.

Phy Ed Aca 460.  Introduction to Sport Administration.  3(1).  An integrated course – applying organizational management, sports law, facilities, leadership, ethics and philosophy, sociology in sport, finance and marketing as it applies to professional, intercollegiate, interscholastic, and youth/community sport.  Independent research. Final paper.  Prereq:  C1C standing with Course Director approval.  Sem hrs:  3 fall or spring.

Phy Ed 477.  Independent Exercise.  Sem hrs:  0.5(2xx) fall or spring.

Phy Ed 479.  Cadet Instructor.  Sem hrs:  0.5(2xx) fall or spring.

Phy Ed 483.  Scuba:  SCUBA offers unique activities cadets have rarely experienced prior to attending the Academy.  As individuals and “buddy teams”, cadets will be exposed to both physical and mental challenges while being sustained underwater by a life support system.  The skills mastered in this course will remove any pre-conceived fears of the water.  This course will instill a more sound confidence level in future warrior officers and leaders.  Upon completion, cadets can pursue their SCUBA activities as a Certified Open water SCUBA diver.  SCUBA is a lifelong activity that can be utilized wherever there is a body of water.  Prereq: Phy Ed 111 or 119 and Phy Ed 211 or 222.  Sem hrs:  0.5(2xx) fall or spring.

Phy Ed 484.  Volleyball.  Volleyball is a lifetime team sport that teaches cadets the fundamentals of volleyball so that they will achieve sufficient skills to participate in a game while a cadet, later as an officer, and throughout their life. The class provides a history of volleyball, instruction on rules and theory, as well as basic, intermediate, and advanced technical skill development. Each cadet will learn enough about the game so that he or she can appreciate volleyball at the college and professional level. The students are graded on a skills test to include underhand and overhand passing, serving, setting and attacking, as well as a play evaluation in scrimmages grading the cadet’s ability, attitude, effort, and teamwork.  Final exam.  Sem hrs:  0.5 (2xx) fall or spring.

Phy Ed 486.  Basketball.  An introduction to the sport of basketball designed to broaden each player’s understanding, knowledge, and appreciation for the game.  Includes instruction in fundamental skills and basic drills each player can use for further skill development.  Areas covered include passing, ball handling, shooting, individual offense, individual defense, rebounding, screens, team offense, team defense, and transition.  The course provides maximum time for players to compete on the court.  Emphasizes skill development and teamwork.  Play evaluation.  Sem hrs:  0.5(2xx) fall or spring.

Phy Ed 487.  Soccer.  Soccer is a lifetime team sport that teaches cadets the fundamentals of soccer so that they will achieve sufficient skills to participate in a game while a cadet, later as an officer, and throughout their life.  The class provides sufficient aerobic and anaerobic activity so that each cadet’s physical fitness will be maintained or improved, while having fun through athletics.  Each cadet will learn enough about the game so that he or she can appreciate soccer at the college and professional level. The students are graded on rules of the game (written 20 question test), a skills test to include juggling, dribbling, passing, and shooting, and play evaluation in scrimmages grading the cadet’s ability, attitude, and effort.  Final exam.  Sem hrs:  0.5 (2xx) fall or spring.

Phy Ed 488. Softball.  Softball is a team sport that teaches cadets the fundamental skills required to play the game while a cadet, later as an officer, and throughout their life.  Cadets will learn both the fundamental skills it takes to be successful in the sport, and the rules by which the game is governed.  Students will learn the mechanics for throwing, hitting, fielding, and base-running, and will be evaluated on their progression throughout the class.  Teaches the relationship between individual performance and overall team success through teambuilding and leadership opportunities.  Sem hrs:  0.5 (2xx) fall or spring.

Phy Ed 499.  Independent Exercise Study.  Independent study focused on physical exercise.  Sem hrs:  0.5(0) fall or spring.

Phy Ed Aca 499.  Independent Study.  3(0).  Individual research and study in the physical education field under the direction of a faculty member.  Emphasizes the use of laboratory facilities.  No final.  Research report.  Prereq:  Course Director approval and Department Head approval.  Sem hrs:  3 fall or spring.

  • Phy Ed Aca 499A.  Independent Study.  2(0).  Sem hrs:  2 fall or spring.
  • Phy Ed Aca 499B.  Independent Study.  1.5(0).  Sem hrs:  1.5 fall or spring.
  • Phy Ed Aca 499C.  Independent Study.  1(0).  Sem hrs:  1 fall or spring.
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