Athletics

Location
St. Petersburg, FL
Undergrads
2,064
Tuition
$35,926
Admission Difficulty
Average
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1 College Senior

Athletics: Athletes are treated differently at this school. They all travel in packs, take the same classes and barely do any work but teachers pass them anyway. Most athletes transfer to be honest.

3 College Senior

Athletics: No one cares about sports and the gym is tiny.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: This is definitely not an athletic school. The biggest sport on campus is Rugby, and its a club sport. Basketball and Soccer are also popular, but we don't even have a football team. Lots of people play intramural or club sports. There is very little school spirit.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I think they are ok. It would be great if more students would attend.

3 College Senior

Athletics: People really don't care about sports here (which I don't mind but I guess if you're into that could be a problem). The only sport anyone really watches is rugby and that's just because they play on kappa field on saturdays and everyone's out there sunbathing and drinking anyways.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 250th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1272nd
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Elise Luce
Hometown
Los Alamos, N.M./Decatur, Ga.
Major
Environmental Studies
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Athletics seem to be a large part of campus life only if you’re on one of the teams. The sports that draw the largest crowds by far are men’s soccer, basketball, and men’s rugby; women’s volleyball is also becoming more popular. A major plus to watching outdoor sporting events at Eckerd is, regardless of the season, you can lounge on the lawn, catch some sun, and socialize as the game is underway, which doesn’t happen everywhere. Eckerd carries its low-key vibe into the sports arena, but don’t let that fool you—the teams at Eckerd should not be taken lightly and do surprisingly well. The athletes are very motivated and dedicated to their sports, but overall, school spirit and home game crowds are relatively low. Recently, the College has attempted to encourage more interest from the student body by throwing pre-game pep rallies and offering “first fan” giveaways, usually a T-shirt or cup.

Intramural sports are vastly overlooked at Eckerd. On the club sports side, the good news is anyone can start and charter a club and will receive decent funds. But, unless they raise their own publicity, the clubs are usually ignored by the administration. Some of the more popular ones that have made their way or are beginning to be a force are kiteboarding, surfing, rugby, and ultimate Frisbee.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Sunshine State Conference
School Colors
Teal, navy, and black
School Nickname
Tritons
Men Playing Varsity Sports
103 - 12%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
79 - 6%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Bowling
  • Cheerleading
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Football
  • Jiu-Jitsu
  • Kiteboarding and wakeboarding
  • Lacrosse (men's, women's)
  • Martial arts
  • Road running
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby (men's, women's)
  • Soccer
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Waterskiing
Intramurals
  • Basketball
  • Capture the flag
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Golf tournament
  • Kickball
  • Sand volleyball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Triton 5K
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Whiffleball home run derby
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • McArthur Physical Education Center, which has a pool, basketball and volleyball courts
  • Turley Athletic Complex, which has baseball, softball, and soccer fields, and tennis courts
Most Popular Sports
Soccer, basketball, and men's rugby
Most Overlooked Teams
Tennis, golf, sailing, women's rugby, and ultimate Frisbee
School Spirit
School spirit for athletics is generally low, but the administration is trying to boost student attendance at games.
Getting Tickets
There's usually no cost to attend a game. Occasionally, there is alternative transportation provided for important away games, which may require some money.
Best Place to Take a Walk
On campus, the best places are along the beach and waterfront path, past the chapel pond, or the palm hammocks. Off campus, you can check out Fort De Soto Beach Park or Boyd Hill Nature Preserve.
Did You Know?
Eckerd's nickname is the Tritons, which is usually represented by a conch shell.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 45 responses

  • 18% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 42% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 40% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 0% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 45 responses

  • 4% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 38% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 13% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 44% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 45 responses

  • 27% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 67% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 7% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
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