Do you remember your field day in grade school? If that term isn’t familiar, then perhaps the name sports day will be familiar to those of different countries. For those of you still unfamiliar, those are the names of days in which kids compete in a variety of activities promoting competitiveness and the spirit of proper sportsmanship. The military isn’t any different to these organizations in this particular regard with its own type of “sports day” in the form of the captain’s cups. As the name implies the host of the event is captain of the ship, and whichever department or command wins the most points in a variety of events wins the cup for the year until the next deployment.
Captain’s Cup features a variety of events, but unlike “sports day” the challenges presented in this are quite unique in a few regards. Games such as Magic the Gathering are part of the competition and you’ll watch people bring their deck of cards to pit against one another in a fierce battle of might and magic. These matches can be brutal and the competition is stiff, yet it doesn’t hold a candle to the fact that Pokémon is also in the competition.
It’s impressive to witness the dedication sailors aboard the ship demonstrate when it comes to training and battling Pokémon, there are strict rules enforced and cheating is of course not allowed. The Pokémon stats of each trainer are verified before participating thus ensuring that nobody tries to gain an unfair advantage over one another. Interestingly enough, while people would expect military members to align with titles such as Call of Duty and Battlefield there is a multitude of sailors who join in to play. Last, but not least there are the Madden and Call of Duty players on the boat.
Indeed there is a large following of players from these popular series. But, what is surprising is a number of Chess players onboard the ship who play it during Captain’s Cup. While these games are the core of the competitions geared towards geekier sailors; there are challenges which involve physical demands from the participants.
Competitions that involve endurance, agility, strength and all sorts of physical attributes are the other half of Captain’s Cup. Sailors will be facing each other in pushups and sit-ups matches, play games like basketball and other types of games like even tug-o-war. An important aspect that is the fact that carrier based competition is a bit different than base wide Captain’s Cups. However, playing a distinct variety of games when the risk of getting road rash from the nonskid is present is a bit of a challenge. No leader wants to have that in their record and much less a captain, furthermore the ships are already dangerous places and can be even riskier when horseplay is present. Still, Captain’s Cup is a morale booster for sailors as the organization who wins earns the right to keep their trophy until the next cycle ends…
Certainly, the events prevent sailors from getting sea madness as they boost morale. Only a fraction of members actually participate, but sailors will often act as moral support for their shipmates. As I always say, military members are human too and deserve a break from all of the stress of a constant work environment.
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