Army and Navy Academy, a boarding school for boys, offers a wide variety of athletic opportunities for middle school and high school cadets. In addition to junior varsity and varsity sports, we offer club and team sports, strength and conditioning, and physical training programs. After classes end for the day, our campus is transformed into an Olympic Village! Cadets are required to participate in athletic activities as part of our whole-person development philosophy. Go Warriors! Warrior Proud! Warrior Strong! Winner of numerous CIF Championships since 1910, the Academy is a place where you can hit peak performance and shine!
Army and Navy Academy is ranked as one of the Best Boarding Schools for a number of sports by Boarding School Review, Private School Review and other sites.
As a member of the CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) Coastal Conference, we participate in CIF sanctioned sports and have been CIF Champions in a number of sports over the years!
Are you seeking a fun, rewarding and inclusive athletic experience? With our emphasis on participation, we will get you moving and hitting your peak physical performance. Our coaches will mentor and guide you and so will your peers. It is all about teamwork and camaraderie at Army & Navy Academy
Did you know sports actually play a positive role in supporting personal development? At our military school for boys, participation often leads to improved academic achievement, better psychosocial health, and fosters confidence, resiliency, and perseverance.
Students at Army and Navy Academy have many sport and fitness options. CIF sports, Club Sports, Strength and Conditioning, specialized Physical Education Classes and PT (physical training) are offered throughout the year.
ANA's Elite Athletic Hall of Fame
The Science Behind Athletics and Academics
Winning on the Field and in the Classroom
Scientists have found that physical activity impacts cognitive development. Blood flow increases during exercise, both to active parts of the body and throughout parts of the cortex. This greater blood flow improves brain function. Further, exercise increases neural activity in the brain, increasing attention span to facilitate learning.
Athletics are a key part of life at Army and Navy Academy. Every cadet participates in some form of physical activity, whether it’s on an organized team, an individual sport, specialized physical education, or working on strength and conditioning. These activities keep our students active and their brains alert so they achieve, both on the field and in the classroom.
Several studies have found a correlation between participation in physical activity and higher academic scores, including G.P.A. and test results. These studies show the effects of frequent exercise are long-term.
A notable French study tracked the physical activity of middle school students. Not only did the grade point average (G.P.A.) outcomes of the more active students improve immediately, but the results were maintained when the researchers followed up four years later.*
It is clear that our physically active students/cadets are very successful academically; just take a look at our recent college matriculation to see for yourself. Many students see a significant G.P.A. increase throughout their time at the Academy. Of course, much of this is due to our dedicated teachers and academic supports, but athletic participation also plays a role.
Personal Satisfaction and School Pride
Research by the US National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health found a positive correlation between physical activity and mental health, including emotional wellness, self-confidence, and positive expectations for the future. Furthermore, participation in sports is linked to greater satisfaction in a student’s experience at school, leading to lower dropout rates.
Warrior Pride is evident as soon as one steps on to the Army and Navy Academy campus, and our scholar-athletes are always present at sporting events to cheer on their fellow athletes.
Our Athletic Director and his coaching staff work hard to ensure you have an athletic experience that positively contributes to your intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development. We want you to become more confident in all aspects of campus life.
Interested in college scholarships? Being part of a top military academy will help set your college applications apart. We have a number of notable alumni and graduates who have received academic and athletic scholarships. They often cite ANA athletics as a key stepping stone to their success in their chosen profession. We are Warrior Proud!
*Trudeau, François and Shephard, Roy J. (2008). Relationships of Physical Activity to Brain Health and the Academic Performance of Schoolchildren. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 5:5-10.
Get Fit on a Beachfront Campus
Similar to a college campus, Army and Navy Academy is ideally located in a small village center and has robust athletic facilities on our 16 acre beachfront campus. Contact the Admission Office for a full campus tour.
Best athletic facilities in all of San Diego County!
- Duffield Athletic Center
- Maffucci Field
- Bliss Stadium
- Swimming Pool
- Tennis Courts
- Direct Beach Access
- Golf Club Membership
San Diego is home to a sunny climate and provides access to some of the best hiking, biking, and running trails in California.
Students at the Academy enjoy a variety of physical activities including: surfing, swimming, tennis and a wide range of seasonal sports.
Weekends are filled with gym workouts, local runs, hikes, fishing, beach volleyball, surfing, body-surfing, and much more.
Teamwork and Championships Set Us Apart
Leadership training and teamwork are central to life at the Academy
- Enjoy the brotherhood and camaraderie
- Participate in sports of your choice
- Learn how to be a great team player
- Gain more focus and motivation
- Be part of winning teams
- Enjoy healthy competition
- Set yourself up for college scholarships
- Benefit from mentorship and coaching
“Learning the game of lacrosse has been the best experience of my life, teaching me much about the game and about being part of a team.”
–Matthew K. (Alumnus)
Our Athletic Facilities
The Academy has modernized and expanded many athletic facilities across campus. Sports play a positive role in supporting youth development, leading to improved academic achievement, better psychosocial health, and builds character, confidence, and teamwork.
Duffield Sports Center & Maffucci Field
The Duffield Sports Center’s main purpose is to support the Academy’s interscholastic athletic program, consisting of two buildings and the Maffucci playing field.
- Maffucci Field with Bliss Stadium is the site of football, soccer, baseball, and lacrosse games and practices. In addition, we hold events, military review parades and intramural activities.
- Duffield Sports Center has an 800 seat Gymnasium. It is the home of the Warrior basketball team and it is utilized for wrestling matches and tournaments.
- A new Strength and Conditioning Center is utilized for classes and teams in preparation for competition.
- An Athletic Training Room is staffed by a certified trainer and a great place for our students go get a good workout.
- Locker Rooms are utilized by teams in season and accommodate both home and visiting teams with bathroom facilities and showers.
Davis Hall Gymnasium
Our historic Davis Hall Gymnasium is the first building built on the Academy’s Carlsbad campus, in honor of Captain Thomas A. Davis who founded the Army and Navy Academy over 100 years ago.
Formerly the main gymnasium, it now serves as an auxiliary gym and is used for practices, intramurals, and basketball practice.
Additional Athletic Facilities
Tennis Courts are also on campus, used by the tennis team for practices and available to all cadets.
The Army Navy Beachfront is available to all cadets when staffed by a lifeguard. The Academy has its own private beach access, and it is utilized by the surf team in addition to open swim and surf for all cadets who have passed the swim test.
Our goal is to provide the most engaging, rewarding, and inclusive experience possible for all of our students.
Army and Navy Academy has been the winner of numerous CIF championships in a variety of sports.
Our beachside facilities are a popular rental destination for a variety of athletic groups in Southern California. If you are interested in renting our gym, sports center/field, tennis courts, outdoor hockey rink, pool, or other athletic facilities, please call 760.547.5208.