The variety of varsity teams, club sports, and intramurals gives everyone a chance to compete in sports that are either recreational or instructional in UMBC’s top-notch facilities. There are plenty of varsity teams, including baseball, basketball, lacrosse, soccer, softball, and women’s volleyball. Sports clubs are numerous and range from different types of martial arts to ice hockey. For students who prefer to enjoy recreational sports, they can gather up their friends and create their own intramural teams. Faculty and staff are also given the opportunity to participate in individual, team, and dual competitions. It is a great experience for athletes with different sets of skill levels.
But, even though UMBC provides a great variety of opportunities for students to get involved in athletics, the school spirit could be better. During Midnight Madness, UMBC’s homecoming celebration, school spirit seems vivid, but this tends to fade during other games throughout the year. Many blame this on the lack of a football team (homecoming revolves around men's basketball here). The varsity teams at UMBC do get a reasonable amount of funding and the athletes excel, but for most students here, the priority is on academics, not attending athletic events.