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3 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics at Eckerd are not generally the most important thing there. And while there is strong support for sports like men's soccer and basketball, a lot women's teams don't see the same level of school spirit. People are very selective of which sports they follow. Because of the schools small size, club sports also receive some attention, particularly rugby.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: the athletic facilities are well kept and the fan support is very good at athletic events and I would rank the support in the top 5 in the country.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: The only sports that people cared about were rugby. People went to basketball and soccer games if they were good, but they were mostly overshadowed by the hippiness of the campus. The ultimate frisbee team was killer though came in 4th, 6th and 3rd in my final year.

3 College Senior

Athletics: I did not pay much attention to sports at school

1 College Sophomore

Athletics: rugby is the only good sport


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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
  • NAA
  • 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
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
  • 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 popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 82 responses

  • 1% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 7% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 62% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 29% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 82 responses

  • 50% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 12% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 32% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 6% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 82 responses

  • 1% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 37% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 43% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 20% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
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