Stretching out to catch a fly ball, diving on the court for a loose ball or catching the game-winning touchdown pass is just some of what a player may need to do for his squadron to win points for the commander’s cup. With two months left in the year, squadrons are separating themselves from the rest while battling for the top spot in the respective leagues.
“The commander’s cup is important for those playing in intramural sports because it gives them an incentive to participate in squadron sporting events,” said Danny Acosta, 56th Force Support Squadron sports specialist supervisor. “It has also shown an increase in participation in our team sporting events, for example at our last flag football tournament. We had an outstanding turnout as we had 18 teams battle it out on the field.”
In past years the cup has been given to the squadron with the most points at the end of the season, but the rules have changed for this year.
The competition is currently split between two leagues, large and small squadrons. Large squadrons, those with 150 or more active-duty personnel assigned, compete in the National league. Small squadrons, those with 149 or fewer active-duty personnel assigned, compete in the American league.
Squadrons can accumulate points in different ways.
Squadrons will receive points for completing an intramural sports season, an extramural tournament, intramural regular season win, finishing an intramural or extramural tournament in first through fourth place, having sportsmanship and sports representatives attend the sports advisory council meetings.
The champions from each league will compete in a head-to-head, best-of-five commander’s cup championship series competing in each of the five intramural sports (basketball, softball, football, soccer and volleyball) at the end of the sports year. The winner will be declared the Commander’s Cup Champion for the year.
The 56th Maintenance Operations Flight leads the American league with 155 points over FSS.
“It’s great to see our small squadron leading in commander’s cup points,” said Tech. Sgt. Jonah Crump, 56th MOF development and instruction section chief. “We have a lot of motivated Airmen who are going to participate in upcoming sports.”
In the National league, the 56th Medical Group holds a close 10-point lead over the 56th Security Forces Squadron, though the defenders are inches away from taking the top spot.
“It’s exciting to be in first place with only two months left in the year,” said Airman 1st Class Dean Saunders, 56th Medical Operations Squadron medical technician. “We have a lot of athletic Airmen who participate in sports, which helps us be competitive in the Commander’s Cup.”
Upon winning the Commander’s Cup trophy, it will be given to the squadron for the following calendar year.
“We want Luke members to be competitive, striving for teamwork while showing good sportsmanship and positive attitudes,” Acosta said.