Intercollegiate athletics have a long, successful tradition at USC. Trojan athletics have won 118 team national championships in a dozen men’s and women’s sports – from baseball to water polo. USC has won more national championships than all but two NCAA member institutions and is one of only three universities in intercollegiate athletics history to win five national championships in one year (1962-63 and 1976-77).
In 2012, USC added to its title count by capturing an NCAA team crown in men’s water polo in the fall.
USC has 21 Division I sports, including nine men’s teams and 12 women’s teams. The men’s teams include football, baseball, basketball, golf, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball and water polo. Women compete in basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, sand volleyball and water polo. Students interested in participating should visit the Athletic Department in Heritage Hall or call (213) 740-3843.
Traditionally, about 4,000 students make the trek to the San Francisco Bay Area the weekend of the away game with either Stanford or Cal. See the Daily Trojan for specific dates and times, for ticket distribution and other information, such as group charter flights and bus schedules, pertaining to the Bay Area weekender. Most students stay in San Francisco and attend a rally sponsored by Alumni Relations and Trojan Pride.
Men’s and women’s home basketball games and volleyball matches are played in the Galen Center, located across the street from campus, at the corner of Figueroa Street and Jefferson Boulevard. Seating for these games is generally assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
Schedules for all men’s and women’s sports are available in Heritage Hall or online at usctrojans.com. Football season tickets for students can be purchased online at usctrojans.com. See here for more information. Quantities may be limited. Entrance to all other men’s and women’s sporting events are free with a USC student identification card.
Trojan Spirit Code
The university has established a new policy to honor its championship football team by upholding the Trojan tradition of good sportsmanship. Alcohol is no longer permitted in sports stadiums. For more information, see the Trojan Spirit Code Guidelines.
Senior Director: Justine Gilman
Director: Gabe Valenzuela
Lyon University Center (UPC location)
HSC Fitness Center (HSC location)
The mission of Recreational Sports is to provide quality recreational programs and services that enhance student, faculty and staff knowledge and opportunities for participation in activities that promote healthy lifestyles, positive human relations and leadership skills.
To meet the diverse interests of the university community, Recreational Sports has developed a comprehensive sports package, including intramural sports, club sports, fitness, wellness and leisure classes and recreational facilities.
Recreational Sports operates two locations, the Lyon University Center on the University Park Campus and the HSC Fitness Center in the Soto Street Building on the Health Sciences Campus. For access to the Lyon Center or the HSC Fitness Center, all students must register for classes for the current semester and complete the online waiver at least 24 hours before using either facility. Membership is available to faculty, staff and alumni for a fee. All patrons must show a valid USC ID and guests must show a picture ID along with their membership card.
Leagues, tournaments and special events
The Intramural Program is one of the most popular undergraduate and graduate student activities at USC with more than 9,900 participants.
Intramural leagues and tournaments include: All-University Sports Program (All-U); Women’s Intramural Sports Program (WISP); Coed Sports Program (COED); Inter-Fraternity Sports Program (IFSP); Inter-Sorority Sports Program (ISSP); and Housing and Residential Intramural Challenge Cup (HICcup). Flag football, softball, basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, kickball, floor hockey and soccer are some of the most popular sports leagues. In each, individuals and teams are categorized to provide equal competition whenever possible.
Teams are designed for the amateur athlete who enjoys fun, excitement and intercollegiate competition while improving skills in sports not administered by the Athletic Department. Over 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students participate in student-run USC club sports. Club sport teams provide leadership opportunities for students and are designed to encourage active participation from all members.
USC hosts more than 60 club sports, including archery, chess, cricket, dance, dragon boat, equestrian, fencing, ice hockey, golf, lacrosse, marathon, men’s rowing (crew), polo (horse), rugby, triathlon, ski and snowboard, soccer, surfing, tennis, triathlon, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, women’s softball and wrestling, to name a few.
Trojan Fitness features USC Workout (group exercise classes), massage therapy, personal trainers and private pilates.
USC Workout (group exercise) are classes offered in a non-academic environment with experienced instructors. These popular classes include: abs/core, hip-hop aerobics, zumba, muscle conditioning, cardioboxing, SCycling (USC’s style of cardio cycling), yoga, mat pilates, turbo kickboxing (TKB) and cardio jam.
Additional training and fitness opportunities involve personal trainers, massage therapy and individual pilates sessions with apparatus.
Recreational Sports presents a variety of martial arts classes designed to introduce the USC community to a culturally diverse form of exercise, skill development and fitness. Forms offered may include Aikido, Karate, Kung Fu, Shinkendo, Tae Kwon Do, Wu Shu Nation and Dux Ninjitsu. Capoeira, one of the newest styles, is an Afro-Brazilian blend of martial arts, dance and culture.
BeFit.BeWell. Wellness Programs
A healthy balance of mind, body and spirit
Recreational Sports collaborates with a diverse group of individuals from various departments to develop workshops and seminars on topics such as fitness outreach programs, wellness, fiscal fitness, nutrition, safety, stress management and environmental sustainability (recycling) to provide the USC community opportunities to achieve a healthy lifestyle.
Workshops include: CPR, First Aid, Lifeguard Certification, Earthquake Preparedness, Smoking Cessation, Health and Nutrition, Take a Hike: Hiking Weekends, Water Jogging, Stress Management Fair, Identity Theft (Money Management), Life without a Car, Dating in the Modern World, introductory sports classes, Fitness over 40, Camping 101 and Trojan Trekkers (walking program). Some programs are not available on both campuses.
Lyon Center and HSC Fitness Center Pro Shops
Equipment Checkout and Locker Rental
Both Pro Shops sell some sports equipment (athletic tape, goggles, etc.) and snacks (protein bars, power drinks, etc.). A variety of items (such as racquets and yoga mats) are available for rental in the Lyon Center Pro Shop. Some sports equipment and fitness apparel are also available for purchase. Locker rentals (Lyon Center only) and towel service (visit the online store at usc.edu/recsports) are available for semester and year rental. Day-use lockers are available at the Lyon Center and the HSC Fitness Center (bring your own lock). For additional information, call (213) 740-5127 (Lyon Center) or (323) 442-7210 (HSC Fitness Center).
Outdoor Adventure Rental Service (OAR)
The Outdoor Adventure Rental (OAR) program was developed to give USC students an opportunity to explore the outer limits of Southern California. Tents, sleeping bags, lanterns and more equipment for hiking, backpacking and camping is available to rent through the OAR program. OAR also rents a small amount of aquatic equipment including fins, diving masks and surfboards. Reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis by OAR certified staff members.
On the University Park and Health Science campuses, a number of facilities may be reserved for department or student organization competitions and picnics, including: HSC basketball court/amphitheatre area, HSC classrooms, HSC fitness/group exercise rooms, Cromwell Field, Lyon University Center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, PED north and south gymnasia, tennis and sports courts, and racquetball and squash courts. For recreation facility reservations, complete the online form at usc.edu/recsports. For racquetball and squash court reservations, contact Recreational Sports at (213) 740-5127.
Recreational Sports provides students with a variety of opportunities to work on both the HSC and UPC campuses and develop leadership skills in sports-related fields. College Work Study Program applicants are preferred. Jobs include facility managers, facility maintenance staff, officials, marketing and promotions, aerobic (group exercise) instructors, lifeguards, scheduling, fitness instructors, membership services, office assistants, youth sports instructors and more. Some positions are not available on both campuses. Applications are available online at usc.edu/recsports or at the Lyon Center.
Recreational Sports offers a variety of special programs, including:
- Trojan Kids Camp (TKC)
- Recreational Club Council (RCC)
- Master’s Swimming Program
- Sports officials/referees clinics
- CPR and lifeguard certification
- Physical Education building indoor pool (Rec Swim)
- Wellness programs
- Spirit squads (Song Leaders, Spirit Leaders, Junior Song Girl Camp and Traveler)
- Recreational services (golf tournaments, tennis competitions, etc.)
General William Lyon University Center
The 66,000-square-foot Lyon University Center, located on University Park Campus, provides the recreational space needed to accommodate extracurricular sports and fitness activities. This facility significantly affects the quality of campus life for the entire university community.
The Lyon University Center houses the Recreational Sports Office as well as racquetball and squash courts, a climbing wall, locker rooms, whirlpool, weight room equipped with a full line of weight-lifting equipment including free weights, a cardiovascular exercise room, group exercise fitness studio, Robinson Fitness Room (SCycling room), two multipurpose rooms, a club meeting room and gymnasia for intramural sports, open “drop in” recreation and special events. The Lyon Center also houses a newly converted cardiovascular and weight exercise area on the second floor, expanding the available area to nearly double the size of the original exercise room.
Locker and changing room facilities serve the center and the adjacent McDonald’s Swim Stadium, which features a 25-yard by 25-yard diving pool and a 50-meter by 25-yard competition pool.
Note: In January 2013, the two-year construction project of the new Uytengsu Aquatics Center began. The Uytengsu Aquatics Center will provide a state-of-the-art aquatics facility, including a new diving dry-land training area; a new dive tower; new men’s and women’s swimming, diving and water polo locker and team rooms; new coaches’ offices for swimming and diving; a multipurpose room to support activities in the facility; a new scoreboard with video capabilities; and a stadium that will seat up to 2,500 people and will include a shade structure and a new entry on McClintock Avenue. At the completion of this facility, the McDonald’s Pool will be renamed the Peter Daland Pool.
Health Sciences Campus Fitness Center
The HSC Fitness Center is a highlight of the Health Sciences Campus. Located in the 2001 Soto Street Building, the 10,000-square-foot HSC Fitness Center houses a variety of cardiovascular and fitness equipment, weights, two group exercise rooms, restrooms, showers and day-use-only lockers. Some equipment is available for check out. Adjacent to the fitness center, a lighted basketball court and multipurpose area (with ampitheatre) is available for drop-in, intramural programs and reservations. The HSC Fitness Center, opened in fall 2011, is one of the newest enhancements of campus life.