DoD Announces 1997 Armed Forces Sports Tournament Dates
By Master Sgt. Stephen Barrett, USA
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 1996 DoD's Armed Forces Sports Committee will hold 21 championship tournaments at 10 installations in 1997, beginning Feb. 9 with the armed forces boxing tournament at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Lejeune is one of nine installations entertaining multiple championships in 1996. It will also hold the men's and women's triathlon championships -- new to the armed forces schedule -- July 28 through Aug. 2.
The men's and women's basketball championships will take place April 6-12 at Fort Hood, Texas. The post will also host the 1997 U.S. amateur basketball championships April 24-27.
Fort Eustis, Va., will host the 1997 soccer championships, slated for Nov. 2-8. In addition, Eustis will host an armed forces open tennis tournament. Although the sport is not an official armed forces sport, winners of the Army-sponsored tournament will advance to the Conseil International du Sport Militaire tennis tournament.
The military's top volleyball players will meet May 5-10 at Fort Benning, Ga., for the men's and women's interservice championships.
Two weeks later, sprinters, long-distance runners and field athletes will compete in Santa Barbara, Calif., in the armed forces track and field meet. The Navy Construction Center at Port Hueneme, Calif., will host the event May 19-23 at Santa Barbara Community College.
Air Force installations will host four armed forces tournaments in 1997. McChord Air Force Base, Wash., will sponsor both the men's and women's military bowling championships April 8-14. Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., hosts the men's and women's golf tournament Sept. 21-27.
Besides hosting the track and field championships, Navy will sponsor the 1997 men's and women's softball championships. Those tournaments will occur Aug. 10-16 at Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base, Va.
Navy will also host the 1997 wrestling tournament March 18-23 at Pensacola Naval Air Station, Fla.
Finally, taekwondo -- competition based on the Korean martial arts discipline -- returns to military competition in 1997 with men's and women's tournaments April 12 and 13 at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa.
Athletes competing in armed forces events often qualify for national and international military competitions. CISM hosts events annually, including the 1997 championships in Ghana (boxing), Angola (basketball) and Canada (golf). CISM will announce other tournament sites later.
Athletes must apply for armed forces competition through local sports channels and qualify through service tryouts and tournaments. Requirements vary by service. For more information, contact your local sports office.
1997 Armed Forces Sports Tournament Schedule
Event Dates Site
Boxing (M) Feb. 9-14 Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Wrestling (M) Mar. 18-23 Pensacola Naval Air Station, Fla.
Basketball (M/W) Apr. 6-12 Fort Hood, Texas
Bowling (M/W) Apr. 8-14 McChord Air Force Base, Wash.
Taekwondo (M/W) Apr. 12-13 Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa.
Volleyball (M/W) May 5-10 Fort Benning, Ga.
Track and Field May 19-23 Port Hueneme, Calif.
Triathlon (M/W) July 28- Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Softball (M/W) Aug. 10-16 Little Creek Naval Amphibious
Tennis (M/W) Sept. 16-20 Fort Eustis, Va.
Golf (M/W) Sept. 21-27 Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
Soccer (M) Nov. 2-8 Fort Eustis, Va.