The importance of the Physical Education and Athletics programs at a federal service academy cannot be overemphasized. Each Midshipman must maintain a healthy lifestyle and appropriate habits, and consistently meet or exceed the level of physical conditioning required to meet USNR commissioning requirements.
Midshipman participation in intramurals, club sports, and intercollegiate sports programs and activities is expected. The Academy’s mission, history, and reputation is that of a premier source of future leaders in the commercial maritime industry and armed forces. Leaders must know how to follow and work effectively and collaboratively as part of a team. Competitive sports activities convey life-long lessons on the importance of strategy, tactics, and the importance of preparation in successful outcomes. Good team and leadership skills are the outcome of the fast pace of competitive sports activities.
The department is responsible for ensuring that each Midshipman acquires the skills involved in swimming, aquatic survival, self-defense and first aid. Additional physical education experiences are offered through the Physical Education Activities courses. All Midshipmen annually take an Academy physical fitness test patterned after the U.S. Navy’s Physical Readiness Test.
The department additionally provides necessary instruction in ship’s medicine. Plebes learn the basics of emergency health care, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). An advanced ship’s medicine course is offered in the upper-class years, focusing on medical treatments proven effective at sea where comprehensive medical care may be not available.
The athletic program offers 18 varsity team and intramural sports. These teams have been successful at levels ranging from NCAA Division III National Champions to Conference Champions. The varsity teams are:
Football, Men’s Soccer, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, Women’s Volleyball.
Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Wrestling, Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving, Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field.
Baseball, Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse, Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field, Men’s Tennis.
Hockey, Rugby, Water Polo