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Athletics and Sports Teams

Intercollegiate Athletics
Hampshire is affiliated with the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) and also is a member of the Yankee Small College Conference (YSCC).

The YSCC is made up of 15 schools from Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, and now Massachusetts.

Sports Teams and Schedules
Current intercollegiate sports offerings at Hampshire include men’s and women’s basketball teams; men’s and women’s soccer teams; and men’s and women’s cross country.

Club Sports
Club sports participate against other colleges but are not associated with the YSCC/USCAA. Our club sports include:

  • Co-ed Ultimate Frisbee
  • Co-ed Fencing

Interested in Joining?
Tell us more about your interests in athletics. Complete this athletic recruiting form and our coaches will be in touch with you.

Recreational Athletics
Recreational athletics offers a range of activities in beginning as well as more advanced levels, including classes, weekend seminars, and semester long co-curricular courses. Current activities include a wide range of choices.

Aquatics: Choose from

  • adult swimming courses
  • kayaking instruction and rolling sessions 
  • life guard certification
  • open lap swimming 
  • SCUBA courses. All are held in our glass-enclosed 25-yard pool.
  • Hampshire College employee and student children's swimming lessons

Certification courses:

  • Monthly American Red Cross courses in CPR/AED and Standard First Aid are held on advising days. 
  • Each semester we offer a class in wilderness first aid. 
  • Defensive driving courses are also offered twice per month to prepare students to use the College pool vehicles.

Martial Arts: We offer beginning and continuing level classes in

  • Aikido
  • Hatha Yoga
  • Kyudo (Japanese Archery)
  • Shotokan Karate
  • Yang style T’ai Chi
  • Women’s self defense (R.A.D.)

Each of these arts is designed to improve the practitioner's mental, physical, and spiritual levels. Any of them may be connected to and practiced with a meditative outlook.

Literature about these arts and their cultural foundations can be found in the Johnson Library Center, and students are encouraged to make use of them. Several students have found that they could use their martial arts experience to enhance divisional exams.


Contact Us

Outdoor Program / Recreational Athletics (OPRA)
Robert Crown Center
Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002

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