Calling all ballers, checkmate callers: From B-Ball to chess, Corps seeks athletes for 2004 Armed Forces Championships
By Cpl. Luis R. Agostini
| | December 01, 2003
U.S. MARINE CORPS FORCES PACIFIC, CAMP H. M. SMITH, Hawaii --
The Marines are looking for a few good men, women and anyone who can lay down the checkmate.Several trial camps for All-Marine teams, ranging from chess to men's and women's volleyball, will be held at various bases throughout the Marine Corps in March and April 2004 to compete in different armed forces championships.For women aspiring to make the All-Marine basketball squad, the trial camp will be held from March 13 to Apr. 1, 2004, at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif. The Armed Forces Women's Basketball Championship will also be held at MCAS Miramar, from Apr. 2 to Apr. 10, 2004. The Armed Forces Championship will be used to select the Armed Forces Team that will compete at the Women's National Championship from Apr. 21 to 25, 2004 in Las Vegas, Nev.For the guys who can serve a volleyball like nobody's business, the All-Marine men's volleyball trial camp will be held Apr. 24 through May 16, 2004, at MCAS Cherry Point, N.C. The Armed Forces Men's Volleyball Championship will be held May 17-22, 2004 at Ft. Lewis,Wa. The Armed Forces Championship will be used to select the team that will compete at the Conseil International du Sport Militaire (International Military Sports Council) in Kingston, Canada, from June 4-14, 2004.For the Mia Hamms of the Marine Corps, the All-Marine Women's Soccer team trial camp will be held Apr. 17 to May 7, 2004, at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. The Armed Forces Women's Soccer Championship will be held from May 8-16, 2004, at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. The Armed Forces Championship will be used to select the team that will compete at the CISM Soccer Championship May 27 to June 6, 2004, at Ft. Eustis, Va.The All-Marine women's volleyball trial camp will be held Apr. 24, 2004, at MCB 29 Palms, Calif. The Armed Forces Women's Volleyball Championship will be held May 17-22, 2004, at Ft. Lewis, Wa. The Armed Forces Championship will be used to select the team that will compete at the CISM Volleyball Championship, June 4-14, 2004, in Kingston, Canada.The All-Marine chess team qualifier will be held Apr. 25 to May 1, 2004, at MCB Quantico, Va. The top six individual finishers from the qualifier will be selected to the all-marine chess team to compete in the inter-service chess tournament, June 20-26, 2004, at Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, Mo. Six players and a team captain will represent the United States in the International Military Chess Tournament in Rijswijk, Netherlands, from Aug. 8-13, 2004. According to the All Marine Administrative Messages regarding resume submissions for the All-Marine Teams, resumes must contain a command endorsement stating that the Marine will be made available to attend all events if they are selected. Marines stationed at a command with a local Marine Corps Community Services Semper Fit must also send their resumes through the Semper Fit athletic director for endorsement.