Athletics is one of the four developmental pillars at the United States Merchant Marine Academy and the lessons learned by our Midshipmen on the fields of play are instrumental in their leadership development.
The USMMA Department of Physical Education and Athletics (PE&A) currently offers 18 NCAA Division III varsity programs: Baseball, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Men’s Cross Country, Women’s Cross Country, Football, Men’s Lacrosse, Women’s Lacrosse, Men’s Soccer, Men’s Swimming & Diving, Women’s Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Men’s Track & Field (Indoor and Outdoor), Women’s Track & Field (Indoor and Outdoor), Wrestling and Women’s Volleyball. The department will additionally offer Women’s Soccer beginning in 2020-21, which will become an NCAA program by 2022-23.
In addition to our varsity athletic programs, PE&A also offers three competitive club programs: Ice Hockey, Rugby and Water Polo.
The USMMA Waterfront offers competitive water sports that include: Dinghy Sailing, Offshore Sailing, Men’s Crew and Women’s Crew.
Midshipmen are encouraged to participate in one of our many athletic offerings at the Academy. The Office of Student Activities hosts a number of athletic clubs as well.
For those interested in starting a club not currently offered, Midshipmen can reach out to the Office of Student Activities.
USMMA Athletics is hosted at the following web location: www.USMMASports.com. Click the link for more information.
Our Athletic Facilities
Our athletic facilities include sport fields for football, baseball, lacrosse, track & field and soccer, as well as tennis and handball courts, a HITT locker, a customized Obstacle Course, and a quarter-mile, surfaced track. Historic O'Hara Hall has a spacious gymnasium, an indoor Olympic-size swimming pool and diving well, racquetball courts, cardio, core and weight training facilities, wrestling and locker rooms. Our Waterfront facility, Yocum Sailing Center, overlooks Long Island's Little Neck Bay and is home to the Intercollegiate Dinghy Sailing Team, the Rowing Team and the Offshore Sailing Team.
Read about the racing programs at the Yocum Waterfront Center
The Merchant Marine Academy sponsors a full program of Club Sports as a complement to the Varsity Intercollegiate sports program. Competitive club sports are interest-driven and provide the opportunity for Midshipmen to participate in sports not offered at the varsity level.
The United States Merchant Marine Academy’s Competitive Club Sport Program promotes health, fitness, and physical well-being, as well as, physical skill development. Club Sports also provide the opportunity for Midshipmen to develop and hone skills in athletics, leadership, management, teamwork and other professional qualities that will benefit the participants throughout their life after college. They provide social/recreational opportunities for the entire Academy community, and are designed to serve individual interests in different competitive sports and recreational activities.