Athletics and Intramural/Recreation
The Johnson State College Athletics Department mission is to provide comprehensive and competitive varsity programs for skilled student athletes. As an integral part of the Division of Student Life, intercollegiate athletics will be conducted to further the larger college mission. The intercollegiate athletics program will actively support the College's pursuit of academic excellence and strive to provide public service to the citizens of Vermont, the nation, and the world. The intercollegiate athletics program will be administered in a way that contributes to the personal development of all student athletes.
Johnson State College offers varsity intercollegiate athletics programs in men's and women's basketball, cross country running, soccer, tennis, as well as men's golf, men's lacrosse, women's softball , and women's volleyball. Women's lacrosse will become a varsity sport in 2014-2015.
Johnson State College Athletics competes under the NCAA Division III membership and is a full member of the North Atlantic Conference. Students interested in competing on the intercollegiate teams must meet the NCAA eligibility standards. Included in those standards, student athletes must remain in good academic standing and maintain satisfactory progress toward degree as defined by Johnson State College (see Academic Regulations and Requirements section in this catalog.)
The Athletics Department prides itself on the manner in which it has developed the College's athletic experience. It has identified three primary goals for student athletes: personal growth, academic achievement, and athletic success. "Student Athletes as Role Models" is an integral part of the JSC Athletics Department philosophy. Athletics provides student athletes with an opportunity to realize their potential as individuals by developing skills in leadership, communication/motivation, and time management by serving as models in the community. Some of the recent programs have been Readers as Role Models, Kids Night Out, Gym Days, Shoot for Goals, and camps and clinics in basketball, soccer, softball, and volleyball.
The recreation facilities and opportunities on campus are extensive. The Student Health and Physical Education (SHAPE) facility and the Minaert Athletic Fields are available for student, faculty, staff, and community member use. The mission of the recreation and intramural programs is to provide recreational, intramural, and wellness opportunities for the Johnson State community through a wide variety of intramural activity offerings: spinning classes, water aerobics, Zumba, dodgeball, co-ed basketball, indoor soccer, volleyball, group hike outings, kayaking the Lamoille River, climbing wall competitions, disc golf tournaments, Fitness Challenge, and various other events. The recreation and intramural programs strive to provide on- and off- campus opportunities that foster physical, social, and emotional wellness. Offerings have been designed to provide equal opportunity for participation regardless of gender, age, race, interests, or motor skill level. For additional sports or activities organized under the Student Government Association (i.e. Rugby, Ultimate Frisbee, Snowboard/Ski Club, Dance Ensemble, etc.), see the Student Government Association section of this catalog for more information.