National JROTC
Fitness Challenge
Championships
Frequently Asked Questions

Many of the more common questions asked are found below


QUESTION #1 - The Fitness Championships Are Held DURING the NHSDTC?:
Yes, they sure are! Times have changed. Many units back in the day did not even HAVE any form of a fitness team. With more and more schools now maintaining PT Teams, Athletic Teams, and even Raider Teams, we have been asked for several years now to give them a way to take a SINGLE BUS and be able to better compete ALL OF THEIR CADETS in both drill and athletic teams to one central location for JROTC competition excellence. Therefore, we are thrilled to be able to host this event on the shores of the World's Most Famous Beach for a day of amazing competition!

QUESTION #2 - Are These Events "Combined" Somehow? Do the Scores or Anything Else Have Anything To Do with Each Other?:
Technically, they are not. Both the NHSDTC event and the Fitness Championships are national JROTC competitions hosted by SNI. However, they are completely independent from each other and held about a mile apart. But schools looking to enter either or both can do this on-line on (the MySchool website). But each event functions completely independently of one another from a competition standpoint.

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QUESTION #3 - We Have a Drill Team/Cadets Competing in the NHSDTC - Can We Also Compete in the Fitness Championships?:
You ABSOLUTELY can in several different ways! First and easiest, if you have a different group of cadets at your school that are on your drill team versus on your Fitness Team, you simply register for BOTH events. The Package costs to attend EITHER event are the same so it is a relatively simple paperwork matter to have you placed into the computer system and you will be all set.

Because the Fitness Challenge is held the day AFTER the NHSDTC Challenge Level competition ends, those school with teams competing at the Nationals on Friday during the Challenge Level events or Open Level Color Guard will be wide open and eligible to be a part of this exciting competition. Cadets who have just competed in the NHSDTC the day prior would simply pay a small $25 fee per cadet top cover their Team Package items and the school would pay the registration fee for the Fitness Challenge (currently at $150). The only cadets that simply could NOT be a part of the event would be those competing in the Masters Level of the NHSDTC because the events do run concurrently.

QUESTION #4 - How Many Days Do Teams Stay in Daytona Beach to Compete in the Fitness Championships?:
The basic stay in Daytona Beach for the Fitness Championships is a 3-day/2-night stay. Therefore teams generally arrive on Friday, compete on Saturday all day then leave early Sunday morning. Many schools may like to come don a day prior to get acclimated or to get the feel of running and competing in the sands of Daytona, or they may stay a day later to conduct sightseeing at the NHSDTC Masters Level event, or to nearby educational sites of Kennedy Space Center, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Bethune-Cookman College or maybe even an end-of-the-year fun trip to Universal Studios, SeaWorld or Disney. Therefore the two OR three night packages are available.

All schools dictate their length of stay on the rooming paperwork they fill out to attend the event as all schools attend the competition through the NHSDTC Team Package Plan (explained later in the FAQ).

QUESTION #5 - How Does Our Unit Get Invited to Attend the Fitness Championships?:
Every year in late September, a magazine is mailed by Sports Network International to every JROTC unit in the world. This magazine (DrillNATION) maintains an official invitation for your JROTC program to petition to enter the Fitness Championships. Any Junior ROTC unit in good standing across the globe is eligible to enter the event. Clicking on the REGISTER HERE Button on the website and submitting the School Registration Fee constitutes a valid petition for entry into the Fitness Championships.

QUESTION #6 - What JROTC Teams Can Attend and Who Gets Accepted Into the Fitness Championships?:
This is a simple question. SNI opens the event registration annually on 1 September (1 November the inaugural year of the 2017 competition to ensure all permitting and contracts are good!). We will have a set number of competition spaces. When school register and fill these spaces, when the number of schools we plan to host is reached, the event is then closed. A few additional teams will be placed "on hold" and they will likely be accepted as a few teams historically will drop and they will take their place. We consider this "open registration" the BEST way to run any competition. The most organized and motivated schools will naturally register first -- and those will be the schools accepted.

QUESTION #7 - How Do We Know We Will Be Good Enough?:
This is a GREAT question and there is no definitive answer. Bottom line that i part of why the event is so exciting. The Fitness Championships are unique in that there is NO OTHER COMPETITIONS LIKE IT ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. These five events, some of which run in sand, others on an asphalt surface are a fantastic test of strength, speed, agility, stamina and strategy and teamwork! A general rule of thumb will be that if you have an athletic team that wants to practice the events listed, work hard and get in shape, you will do quite well - just that simple! Either way, it is not like football where you get your nose bloodied if you are too slow! Come compete, do your best, learn from your efforts, and come back better and more prepared in the future.

QUESTION #8 - Your Fitness Competition Doesn't Have the EXACT Same Events We Are Used to Doing?:
No, to us that is the beauty. Nobody can TOTALLY prepare. teams will need to adjust on the fly and trust that their hard work will carry the day! Everything we have designed is done to ensure the winning school is not JUST strong, not JUST fast, noyt JUST smart, and not JUST agile....they will need to be a good bit of ALL of that and also be able to think on the fly for the Personal Team Test!

QUESTION #9 - How is the Date for the Nationals Selected Each Year?
The dates for the Nationals are dictated in concert with the event venue (the beach), the hotel's availability, and the dates available for the Daytona Beach Ocean Center Arena for the NHSDTC. Many events occur every year in the late Spring in Daytona Beach and the Fitness Championships are scheduled around these. The dates for the Nationals historically remain the first weekend in May.

QUESTION #10 - What Should We Do to Prepare for the Competition - We've Never Done Anything Like This Before?:
Obviously there are several components we believe will make teams the most competitive. First, there will be no substitute for being in shape. The 3K Team Run and the Personal Team Test are designed to test the physical endurance you have built through hard work. Next of course will be to practice over and over the "individual skill" events that are a part of the competition. Pull-ups/Flexed Arm Hang, Seated Power Throw and Standing Broad Jump can be improved through training and practice. Flexibility is the key to exceptional improvements in Standing Broad Jump. Sheer strength developed through weight training or push-ups is the best method to develop quality Seated Power Throw distances. So those teams working to improve will do just that.

QUESTION #11 - Do We Need to Bring Any of our Own Equipment?:
All equipment needed to complete the events listed will be pre-set and organized exclusively by Sports Network International. However, we will HIGHLY suggest whenever you trvel to compete your school maintains a first aid kit that is designed to service an athletic team (foot and hand care, blisters, bites, stings, cuts, etc.). If I was going to recommend items to bring, I would say think of the climate you are competing within. Bring a personal water bottle for everyone, gloves while competing, a hat, sunscreen, items like that. But there is nothing you will need to bring.

QUESTION #12 - Do We Have to Enter Every Event or Can We Just Enter One or Two?:
Yes, we have no ability to accept any team not designed to compete for an overall title.

QUESTION #13 - Our TEAM Isn't Going - Can Our School JUST Enter a Cadet or Two in the Ultimate Fitness Cadet Competition?
Yes, individual cadets may enter the competition and compete ONLY within the Ultimate Fitness Cadet championship. The cost is $25 per cadet. Every SCHOOL may enter ONE Male and ONE Female entry only. The website is designed for schools so you MAY need to contact SNI to help walk you through the MySchool registration process.

QUESTION #14 - The "No Crossing Over" Rule -- What Does That Mean?:
Cadets may only compete on one TEAM at the Fitness Championships. Therefore, while a single cadet may compete in each of the FIVE EVENTS within a competition division (MALE or a MIXED TEAM), he/she may not compete on two separate teams. Every competing cadet will have a designation that will make it clear to the judge WHICH competition division they are eligible to compete within. Teams found in violation of the this rule will be disqualified from the event on the spot. ENSURE YOUR TEAM DOES NOT PLAN TO HAVE CADETS WHO ARE "CROSSING OVER", COMPETING IN TWO DIFFERENT DIVISIONS (i.e. both the Male and Mixed teams).

QUESTION #15 - What Are the Different Competition Divisions Available at the Fitness Nationals?
This is very simple. MIXED Division competition required their to be FOUR females competing on the FIVE events at all times. Those with three females of less all the way to ZERO compete in the MALE Division.

QUESTION #16 - What is the Team Package Plan and Do I Have to Use It?:
All schools choosing to attend the National JROTC Fitness Challenge Championships must attend through the Team Package Plan. This plan is designed to ensure all cadets, and instructors are given the enjoyment of staying together in superb oceanfront hotels with other schools from across the country, provided with treasured event mementos, as well as ensuring all schools receive the finest drill event they have ever attended at an affordable cost. Team Package Plan Includes:

  • Multiple nights of oceanfront hotels in Daytona Beach
  • Specially-minted Fitness Nationals bronze medallion on a chest ribbon
  • Specially-designed Fitness Nationals t-shirt for all cadets, ordered to size
  • Specially-designed Fitness Nationals collared sports-shirt for all adults, ordered to size
  • Custom event dog tags specially designed for the Fitness Nationals event
  • 8" X 10" professionally shot color team photograph with custom event logo
  • Discounts at local pizza, fast food and sandwich shops in the area

The price of the Team Package Plan, based on staying four-to-a-room, are found on the event website. All competing schools that are not classified as LOCAL schools must stay a minimum of the two-night hotel package. Four, Three, two and one to a room prices are available with less per room increasing the cost per person. All participants (cadets and unit instructors) are required to attend the NHSDTC through the Team Package Plan.

QUESTION #17 - But We Live Just Down the Road - Can We Attend and Sleep in our Own Beds?:

For those schools who are NOT in need of any overnight accommodations (generally those school found in East Central Florida), SNI has developed the Non-Hotel Team Package Plan. Those competing under this plan will receive all items listed above for the Package Plan itemized only without hotel accommodations. They will still receive all of the competition items listed above and they will still pay their share of the event costs. The cost for this will be a flat $40 per cadet along with the school registration fee. Using this plan, no Instructors or parents are required to be included in this payment - only competing cadets.

QUESTION #18 - When Do We Find Out if We Are Accepted into the Fitness Nationals?:>
After registering for the Fitness Nationals event, your school will be notified immediately via email with a congratulations and welcome message. This is your confirmation that you are fully accepted. You will also see your name on the competing schools list! If your school is not accepted (which fortunately RARELY happens), you will receive an email and then a letter from SNI in the mail explaining why you were declined, along with a full refund check for any monies paid within 10 business days from your entry.

QUESTION #19 - So Walk Me Through The Timeline - We've Never Been Here Before>

After you register and are accepted into the event, every school will complete additional paperwork online to allow SNI to better plan their attendance. Everything now is done ON-LINE for convenience. Your MySchool website makes keeping track of money and paperwork simple. The items you will download in your school folder has a wealth of event information that walks you through the paperwork and finance requirements of the event. This makes organizing the trip much simpler and answers virtually every question ever asked about the NHSDTC!

In March, all attendees have financial deposits and paperwork required. When all of the teams send these items to SNI, in mid-March teams then learn what hotels they have been placed within along the Atlantic Ocean in Daytona Beach. Every hotel in use for the event is oceanfront on the Atlantic Ocean within a few miles of the venue (NOTE: All teams except those paying for the Event HQ Package MUST plan for ground transportation while in Daytona Beach as many of the hotels in use are simply too far to plan to walk to/from daily. City buses and cabs are available but pre-planning this aspect of your stay is essential!).

Then, in mid-April, final payments are made and attendees are all set to attend, arriving at the event in early May.

Teams may arrive several days before the event, this is their call! We have event registration the day prior to your competition and then a final late registration the morning of the event (largely for local teams). At event registration, SNI will ensure all money & paperwork are in place, and competitors will receive their room form, discount coupons to area businesses, and their many Fitness Nationals Team Package Items. At this point, the teams are in and ready for the competition!

QUESTION #20 - Are Parents, Chaperones, Instructors, etc. Required to Attend Through the Team Package Plan?
Only Cadets and Unit Instructors are required to attend the event and stay through the Team Package Plan - this rule in non-changeable. Many other team followers including Bus Drivers, parents and other team followers elect to stay through the Team Package Plan but ARE NOT REQUIRED TO. They do this for several reasons, including:

  • Wishing to stay in a reasonably priced hotel on the same floor with the team
  • The ability to receive a collared, Nationals event shirt and other package items not sold and only given to those attending through the Team Package.

QUESTION #21 - We Want to Get a Ballpark Cost for the Trip -- What Should We Consider?
There are several factors that any school should consider when trying to estimate a cost to attend the Nationals. Several of the most important things to consider are: Transportation, Food, and the Team Package Costs.

Transportation: Teams traveling from any great distance must decide whether they will drive or fly. If the team decides to fly, teams should consider flying not only into Daytona Beach International Airport, but also into Orlando International Airport, Melbourne Regional and Jacksonville International Airport -- check your air fares. Teams that fly to the Nationals (even into Daytona Beach) must make arrangements for local transportation not only to and from the airport, but to an from the competition site which is between 1 and 7 miles from the oceanfront hotels used for the NHSDTC Team Package Plan. This is why most teams bus to the Nationals from as far away as Missouri, Louisiana, Texas and Nebraska.

Food: Meals are plentiful, varied and reasonably priced. As with any other beach resort town, we have more than our share of pizza an hamburger places! Also available are tons of family dinner chains, as well as cafeterias and all-you-can-eat restaurants. Most teams have found that you can comfortably feed your cadets for $12 per day, per person. Sports Network International provides to all teams numerous coupons for many different types of meals throughout the greater Daytona Beach area.

Team Package Plan: The price of the Team Package Plan, based on staying four-to-a-room, changes slightly every year but is kept at the lowest possible level. Three, two and one to a room prices are slightly higher, utilized primarily for instructors and other adult team followers. Not only does this price pay for the oceanfront hotel accommodations, but it also pays for the shirts, medallions, dog tags, team photos and other items given to each competitor, but more importantly pays for the beach rental, staffing, required insurance, the judges, trophies, etc. that are necessary to run a quality event.

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