The objective of the Academy athletic program is to provide all cadets a realistic leadership experience in a mentally and physically challenging environment. This prepares and motivates cadets for a lifetime of service through physical education, fitness training and testing, intramural and intercollegiate athletic competition.
The mission also includes generating a major portion of revenue necessary to operate a multi-million dollar athletic program and to promote the Academy to the nation through athletics.
During their four years at the Academy, cadets take physical education courses in aquatics, combatives, lifetime sports and conditioning activities.
All cadets must participate in an intercollegiate or intramural sport throughout the academic year. There are 27 men's and women's intercollegiate sports, many of the men's teams, including basketball and football, compete in the highly competitive Mountain West Conference.
The athletic program also teaches leadership in a competitive environment and builds character. The Academy divides the athletic program into four areas: intercollegiate athletics, intramurals, physical education and physical fitness.
Varsity teams face some of the top teams in the nation. Men compete in football, ice hockey, basketball, baseball, soccer, lacrosse, gymnastics, fencing, swimming and water polo, along with indoor and outdoor track, cross country, wrestling, golf, tennis and rifle. Women compete in basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, fencing, swimming, indoor and outdoor track, cross country, tennis and rifle.
Both men's and women's programs compete at the NCAA Division I level, mostly in the Mountain West Conference. The Falcons compete against teams from Brigham Young, New Mexico, Colorado State, San Diego State, Wyoming, UNLV and Utah. All sports also compete against non-conference opponents, including many nationally-ranked teams.
Cadets conduct the intramural program under the supervision of the physical education department. Cadets play on squadron teams in 15 sports. They are soccer, tennis, flickerball, boxing, water polo, team handball, rugby, basketball, cross country, volleyball, flag football, wallyball, ultimate frisbee, softball and racquetball. All cadets participate in intramural or intercollegiate sports throughout their four years here.
Cadets take three different physical education classes each year. These courses emphasize aquatics, individual lifetime sports, team sports, physical development and combatives. During the freshman year, core courses are unarmed combat or boxing, swimming and weight training. Sophomore cadets take water survival, physical fitness methods and unarmed combat II. Juniors have courses in two individual lifetime sports (racquetball, tennis or golf) plus an elective team sport class of their choosing. Senior cadets take another elective team sport and two open elective classes of their choice.
Furthermore, cadet-athletes enjoy some of the best facilities available anywhere. The cadet gym contains 12 squash courts; 21 handball/racquetball courts and nine basketball courts. There are two swimming pools and four indoor tennis courts; gymnastics, wrestling, fencing, boxing, aerobic fitness and judo rooms. The gym also houses the men's and women's training rooms; lockers for all cadets, supply area; and administrative offices for the physical education instructors and support staff.
The $5.6 million field house, considered one of the top sports structures in the country, contains a one-sixth mile indoor track with Astroturf infield. It is the home of the 6,002-seat basketball/volleyball Clune Arena, a 2,502 seat ice hockey rink, training rooms and lockers for varsity sports. Basketball and ice hockey are uniquely serviced by a common press box that overlooks both arenas. A spectator concourse separates the two areas and serves as access to the seating gallery for the indoor track, ticket offices, gift shop and concession stand. Also located in the field house are the athletic department coaching staff and administrative offices of the athletic director and staff.
Falcon Stadium, in one of the most beautiful settings in the nation, seats more than 52,480 for varsity football contests. Other outdoor facilities include 57 athletic fields (143 acres) for intercollegiate and intramural sports, two baseball diamonds and a 400-meter all-weather track. Eisenhower Golf Course, also located on the Academy, offers two 18-hole championship courses for varsity golf and cross country competition.