Intercollegiate Athletics

Hampshire College is a member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) and the Yankee Small College Conference (YSCC) and has a competitive intercollegiate athletic program that offers student-athletes an opportunity to compete on both the regional and national levels.

Our teams compete for championships in three sports as members of the USCAA and USCC. In 2011, its first year as a member school, Hampshire's women's soccer team qualified for the USCAA National Tournament and also won the YSCC League West Division title by being undefeated in regular-season play. Hampshire student-athletes have received special recognition for YSCC League All-Stars for their outstanding accomplishments year after year. Athletic programs include: men's and women's soccer; men's and women's cross country; and men's and women's basketball.

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 

Certification courses:

  • American Red Cross courses in CPR/AED and Standard First Aid are held on advising days. 
  • We offer a wilderness first aid class. 
  • Defensive driving courses are also offered 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
  • Iaido (Japanese swordsmanship)
  • Yang style T'ai Chi
  • Women's self defense (R.A.D.)

Each of these arts is a journey in self-discovery, self-discipline, and self-motivation. Designed to bring out the best in a student's development of body, mind and spirit, Hampshire's body art classes provide holistic modes of teaching for both meditative and practical outlooks.

Additional information and literature about these arts can be found in the Johnson Library Center or by personal recommendation from the OPRA instructor.

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