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4 College Junior

Athletics: I love the athletic department.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Frisbee golf course on campus!

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: that is okay i think i don't go there normaly

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics here are great and a lot of people are well known for them

College Sophomore

Athletics: I'm not into sports, so I don't know much about them at my school.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 305th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 805th
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Audrey Hirschl
Hometown
Tempe, AZ
Major
Advertising
Grad Year
2013
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NAU isn't known for its athletic prowess. The Lumberjack sports teams haven't been all that successful over the years, and the students don't necessarily go crazy with school spirit. Still, students are able to attend all home sporting events for free, making the football and basketball seasons a good time to catch a game. The games are usually fairly well-attended, and they are the most enjoyable part of Family Weekend— that and the leftovers from eating out with the family. The Jacks play against such schools as Montana State, Sacramento State, and the University of Montana in the Big Sky Conference. Women's sports, however, are not popular at all. Sometimes their managers will put out raffles for who attends the most games. The prizes? An iPad, $50 to the bookstore, an iPod, etc.

Intramurals are very popular on the mountain campus. Always a big draw for fraternities and sororities, the sheer number of different sports gives an opportunity for everyone to compete. Some of the IM teams are extremely good and might even give the varsity teams a run for their money. IM flag football and softball are the most popular, but all of the sports draw good numbers. If you're not into sports, it's no big deal. There are intramurals that don't need any athletic prowess, like Mario Kart Wii and Battleship tournaments. Sports at NAU can be enjoyable, and there are some great facilities, but most would rather sarcastically mutter "go team" while standing in line to grab a smoothie at Jamba Juice.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conferences
Football: Big Sky Conference
Basketball: Big Sky Conference
School Colors
Navy blue and gold
School Nickname
Lumberjacks
Men Playing Varsity Sports
158 - 2%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
153 - 2%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Archery
  • Baseball
  • Cycling
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Judo
  • Paintball
  • Pro wrestling
  • Quidditch
  • Racquetball
  • Rugby (men's)
  • Running
  • Shotokan Karate
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Tennis (men's and women's)
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's and women's)
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
  • Water polo (women's)
  • Wushu
  • Youn Wha Ryu
Intramurals
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Battleship (canoe swamping)
  • Bouldering
  • Climbing
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Inner tube water polo
  • Racquetball
  • Running
  • Soccer (indoor and outdoor)
  • Softball
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wallyball
  • Weightlifting
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • The "South" Fields
  • Douglas J. Wall Aquatic Center
  • The Health and Learning Center
  • Rolle Activity Center
Most Popular Sports
While no sport on the mountain campus is ├╝ber-popular, football, soccer, and basketball seem to reign as the most popular varsity sports to check out. However, once the initial excitement of the season dies down, students seem to respond to sporting events with a resounding "So what?" and promptly wait for the flag football and softball intramural seasons.
Most Overlooked Teams
The NAU cross-country team consistently places in the top half of the Big Sky region and has also received numerous national accolades. The thin air is a distinct advantage for the Lumberjack runners and should keep them in the thick of things for years to come.

All of NAU Women's teams compete for spectators' attention as well. They sometimes resort to giving out prizes for people who attend their games. NAU Men's Baseball is also overlooked since the team took a one-year hiatus and came back at the end of 2011.
School Spirit
Students vary on the issue of school spirit. For the most part, students are very proud of their school and seem to be content going here. NAU apparel can be seen all over campus, and students are never hesitant to sing "I'm a Lumberjack, and I'm OK." However, because the sports teams are not exceptionally competitive, students don't really have an outlet to vent their pent-up pride. You'll come across the occasional sign or painted face at the dome during one of the games, but most students simply just let their spirit settle below the surface. They're happy to be here-you just wouldn't know it at first glance.
Getting Tickets
All home sporting events are free to NAU students. Most games are not sold out, so parents and friends should not fret when deciding to attend games. Single game tickets are usually sold for less than $10 each.
Best Place to Take a Walk
There is a trail that runs around all of Flagstaff called the Urban Trail System, and luckily it runs straight through NAU. Adventurous students like to see how far they can get on it. There are also numerous running tracks around campus at the Health and Learning Center and at the soccer fields!
Did You Know?
  • NAU just passed a measure that will revamp campus athletic facilities within the next five years to the level of a Division I university, including better outdoor fields and a brand new Recreation Center in the middle of North Campus. Ready to break a sweat?
  • Intramurals isn't just about your typical sports. Included in the events are tournaments like Mario Kart Wii and Battleship. Battleship is an envigorating game of strategy and strength. Two opposing canoes, each filled with 4-5 students, fight to the death as they use buckets and paddles to fill the other canoe with water, therefore sinking it. Game on!

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 213 responses

  • 5% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 58% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 36% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 1% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 213 responses

  • 4% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 18% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 62% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 16% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 213 responses

  • 1% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 39% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 28% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 31% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

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