The purpose of the Intercollegiate Athletic Program is to support and expand the total educational experience offered by the College. The program serves as a laboratory for the education of the student-athletics and is conducted in keeping with the general educational mission of the College.
The program, available for Men & Women, offers student-athletes a wide variety of opportunities for participation. The College is a Division III member of the NCAA, National Collegiate Athletic Association, and competes as members of the Skyline, ECAC, CTC Conferences and NJAC Conference (for track only).
The College is committed to the ideals of a quality intercollegiate athletic program that contributes to its objectives of offering its students a quality educational experience. The College supports the intercollegiate program and student-athletes within the guidelines of the State University Board of Trustees.
Farmingdale State Athletics adheres to the philosophy of intercollegiate athletic competition based upon the principles of amateurism, sportsmanship, and fair play. The following guidelines have been developed for the athletic program: (1) to place priority on the academic progress of all students who participate in intercollegiate athletics; (2) to ensure the physical well-being of all student-athletes during practice, travel, and play; (3) to develop each student-athlete physically, mentally, socially, emotionally, and morally; and (4) to develop excellence in all of the College's intercollegiate athletic programs.
Colleges and universities in Division III place highest priority on the overall quality of a student's educational experience and on the successful completion of all students' academic programs. They seek to establish and maintain an environment in which a student-athlete's athletics activities are conducted as an integral part of the student-athlete's educational experience. They also seek to establish and maintain an environment that values cultural diversity and gender equity among their student-athletes and athletics staff.
To achieve this end, Division III institutions:
Place special importance on the impact of athletics on the participants rather than on the spectators and greater emphasis on the internal constituency (students, alumni, institutional personnel) than on the general public and its entertainment needs;
Award no athletically related financial aid to any student;
Encourage the development of sportsmanship and positive societal attitudes in all constituents, including student-athletics, coaches, administrative personnel and spectators;
Encourage participation by maximizing the number and variety of athletics opportunities in varsity, junior varsity, club and intramural sports;
Ensure that the actions of coaches and administrators exhibit fairness, openness and honesty in their relationships with student-athletes;
Ensure that athletics participants are not treated differently from other members of the student-body;
Ensure the integration of student-athletes into institutional life;
Ensure that athletics programs support the institution's educational mission by financing, staffing and controlling the programs through the same general procedures as other departments of the institution;
Provide equitable athletics opportunities for males and females and give equal emphasis to men's and women's sports;
Give primary emphasis to regional in-season and conference competition; and
Support students in their efforts to reach high levels of performance, which may include opportunities for participation in national championships, by providing all teams with adequate facilities, competent coaching and appropriate competitive opportunities with students from similar institutions.