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Club Sports and Recreational Organizations

Club sports and recreational teams are all about relaxing with friends, friendly competition and fun. Don’t see your favorite sport or activity below? No problem, with a few friends you can probably start your own club.

Club Sports and Recreational Organizations

The Adventure Sports Club provides cadets opportunities to experience the great outdoors of New England through activities such as hiking, camping, rock climbing, white water rafting, etc. Participation in the club allows cadets to use the rock climbing wall on the fifth deck of Roland Hall to learn from a certified teacher how to climb. The club provides community service to organizations such as the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC).

The Archery Club offers cadets the opportunity to learn the sport of archery. Members travel to a local range every other week to develop their skills using targets. This cadet-led club holds morale events throughout the year where they shoot at objects such as pumpkins or balloons.

The Boxing Team is a popular club sport with both male and female members. The team organizes its own schedule and decides on what tournaments and fights they will participate in. The team typically participates in three invitational tournaments and shows during the fall semester and then picks up in the spring, participating in three tournaments and five shows. These have included trips to New York City, Seattle, Pennsylvania State, West Point, and more.

The Boxing Team hosts Friday Night Fights on campus on the third deck of the Alumni Center. These fights are organized by the team captains and coach and are a source of Friday night entertainment for the corps. The boxing gym is packed with cadets who come to cheer on their classmates, or to 'boo' their upper class and heckle their underclass. The purpose of these fights is to give new members experience boxing in front of a crowd. Friday night bouts are always among teammates with the coach refereeing and teammates working the corners. Excitement ensues as a cadet DJ and host announce boxers and the gym fills with music during their walkout.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a grappling system that uses positional advantage to submit opponents primarily using throws, chokes and joint locks. It has competitive and combative applications and is a core skillset of modern mixed martial arts (MMA) and military and law enforcement combative systems. The BJJ club meets twice a week and is open to all cadets, CG military, and civilian personnel. The club competes with other service academies and in regional tournaments throughout the year.

The Cycling Club aims to help cadets engage in the sport of cycling at all levels and in all disciplines. The club supports cadets in cycling competitions within the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference. Races are held in a variety of formats including Time Trial, Criterium (crit), Road Race, Cyclocross and Mountain Bike. Beyond competing, the club's goals are to support cadets of all ability levels through helping with cycle maintenance, promoting safe riding practices, training support and organizing group rides.

The Drill Team is a very visible group that represents the Coast Guard Academy and the United States Coast Guard at a wide variety of events such as Regimental Reviews, parades, sporting events, local military events, and more. The team also takes part in drill meets to compete with other service academies and ROTC programs. The exhibition platoon is made up of 12 cadets who train rigorously to memorize and perfect the performance sequence, which is executed in the absence of any verbal commands.

The Equestrian Club provides cadets the opportunity to expand or maintain their equine knowledge and riding skill by providing horseback riding lessons and trail rides at local stables and equestrian centers. Members who have competed, or wish to begin competing, are given the opportunity to participate in a variety of equestrian events, including Intercollegiate Horse Show Association events. Membership in the club provides an interesting, healthy, physical activity that allows cadets to unwind outside of the Academy while building relationships with community members and enjoying Connecticut’s scenic outdoors.

The Fencing Club teaches cadets the art of fencing. It does not matter if new members have fenced before as experienced members are willing to teach them. The club conducts mini competitions with each other after learning new moves. This sport promotes fitness, mental and physical agility, coordination, balance and timing. The club has conducted a demonstration of their fencing skills during an intermission at a Providence Bruins game.

The Golf Club provides cadets with the opportunity to play golf at local courses during the daily athletic period. The club began a partnership with the First Tee of Connecticut, an international youth development organization that introduces the game of golf and its inherent values to young people. Club members conduct community service events where they mentor the younger members of the First Tee organization. The Golf Club organizes the graduation week golf tournament each year in May.

The USCGA Bear's Ice Hockey Team competes in the NECHA Division II Club Hockey League. The team plays a competitive schedule against neighboring colleges' club programs. Practice is held three times a week with one to two games each weekend from early October through March. Dayton Arena at Connecticut College, just up the street from CGA is the home rink for the club. Anyone interested in playing is encouraged to try out for the team at the beginning of each season.

To learn more about the team, visit the Bear's Ice Hockey Team website.

In daily life it is sometimes hard to find time to enjoy the finer things. This is why a group of cadets decided to form the International Ballroom Dance Club (IBDC). The IBDC provides cadets with an opportunity to represent the Academy positively in the New England community; it does so in an enjoyable, yet rigorous environment. The IBDC started out small and was largely focused on swing dance. With the growing popularity of formal ballroom dancing among colleges all over the nation and exposure to ballroom dancing in television shows such as “Dancing with the Stars,” many cadets expressed the desire to expand their footwork skills to include other dances.

This ever growing club is coached by an instructor with a professional dance background, a passion for art, and a wonderful teaching style. Her goal is to guide the dancers with a proficiency for an art that builds confidence, poise and grace. Community dances are hosted by the club and are free and open to the CGA community and the public.

The Men's Rugby Team is a club sport that competes against other Division I and Division II colleges in the DII New England Collegiate Rugby Conference. Rugby is a physically demanding international contact sport that started in England in 1823.

Since 1968 the Bears have clawed their way up from playing Division IV in a Stonington cow pasture to the 2006 DII National Champions. In 2012 the men returned to the National playoffs ending with a 9th place national ranking and again in the 2014 National 7’s championships ending with a national 8th place ranking.

Check out their page for updated information: Men's Rugby Facebook page.

Women's Rugby is a club sport whose members compete against other collegiate rugby teams in the New England area. Players don’t have to know how to play rugby to join the team; they just must be willing to work hard, get dirty and be dedicated. The game is not for the faint of heart. It involves non-stop running, hitting and tackling, and the team prides itself on a strenuous training program to develop endurance, strength and confidence. The team is a close-knit group of women who excel on and off the field.

The Women’s rugby team competes in the New England Collegiate Rugby Conference (NEWCRC) at a Division II level. They were Conference Champions in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and have gone to the national round of 32 following each of those championships. In both 2013 and 2015, the team had undefeated seasons. In 2013, the Women’s Rugby team won their national round of 32 games and advanced to the national round of 16 tournaments.

The team has come a long way in the past few years and is getting stronger due to a great coaching staff and a team of dedicated, hardworking women.

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy's Scuba Club promotes opportunities for cadets to engage in recreational diving and associated activities. Emphasizing knowledge and skill development, situational awareness and operational risk management, the club serves to broaden understanding, instill passion and deepen respect for marine and other aquatic environments that will serve them in their future careers as Coast Guard officers. The Scuba Club is active during the academic year, supporting local shore and charter boat recreational diving./p>

For more information, visit their Facebook page.

The Ski and Snowboard Club allows cadets to travel to the mountains of New England on winter weekends to enjoy skiing and snowboarding. The club established a ride sharing program where 1/c cadets will drive underclass to various ski destinations in the region. The club also provides information on resorts that offer military discount tickets and rental rates. They also provide fellow skiers and snowboarders with weekly snow reports throughout the season.

The Surf Club is comprised of a tight knit group of cadets, faculty and staff who all share a love of surfing. When conditions are favorable, they are able to surf several spots in close proximity to the Academy. Some favorite surf spots include Point Judith, Greenhill, Matunuck, and Narragansett. Most of the Surf Club members are experienced surfers; however, cadets willing to learn are always welcome.

The Sustainability Club has improved recycling on base and throughout Chase Hall, the cadet barracks. The club performs environmental community service events and works to increase interest in green practices, like gardening, within the Corps of Cadets.

Toastmasters is a public speaking club that gives members a chance to practice their public speaking skills in front of an audience and receive feedback. The club has members from local Toastmasters groups like the Niantic Toastmasters Club who come to CGA meetings to share their experiences with public speaking. The club provides a supportive and positive learning environment and it is a great place to overcome fear of public speaking, develop confidence and hone presentation skills.

The Triathlon Club's main season is in the early fall, and runs through early October. The club participates in the Northeast Collegiate Triathlon Conference series, which is usually five or six races. Members on the team range from those trying their first multisport event all the way to triathletes who compete at the top level nationally. The club welcomes anyone with a commitment to the exciting multisport lifestyle.

For more information, visit their Facebook page or email cgtriclub@gmail.com.

The Men's Volleyball Club participates in the New England Collegiate Volleyball League. It is a cadet-run club that competes throughout both the fall and spring semesters.

The Yoga Club promotes a constant in a time of constant changes. Participation in the club helps alleviate stress and anxiety in all aspects of cadet lives. Yoga improves balance and stability within bodies and lives and membership in the club builds a sense of community. Yoga is a mind-body workout combining strengthening and stretching poses with deep breathing and relaxation.