The Department of Athletics offers 32 varsity sports, intramural sports, club sports, lifetime fitness classes, and informal recreational activities to provide opportunities for all levels of athletic interest and to accommodate different levels of competitiveness and intensity.
More than a third of Colby students participate in one or more varsity teams. Colby belongs to Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), one of the most competitive Division III conferences in the nation. Colby sponsors 16 sports for women, 15 for men, and one coed team. Varsity teams include baseball, basketball, crew, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, squash, Nordic and alpine skiing, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field, and volleyball.
The NESCAC, founded in 1971, includes 11 highly selective liberal arts colleges that are committed to academic excellence and believe that athletic excellence supports their educational mission. Each institution is committed to a comprehensive athletic program available to the entire student body, equitable treatment of all participants in athletic activities, the highest ethical standards in conference relationships, and equitable competition among member institutions. NESCAC schools have won 59 national championships in the past 10 years and have had the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup winner in 19 of the last 20 years.
The Athletics Department offers intramural programs during the fall, winter, and spring. Offerings include soccer, field hockey, flag football, volleyball, broomball, handball, basketball, softball, and special intramural events.
The department oversees student-run club sports designed to meet the needs of students. Recent club sports have included men’s and women’s rugby, the woodsmen’s team, badminton and table tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, archery, bicycling, water polo, men’s volleyball, fencing, and an equestrian team.
Lifetime fitness classes are offered for students, faculty, and staff. Past offerings for students include aerobics, yoga, cross-training, circuit training, modern dance, and Tabata classes.
Indoor athletic facilities in the Harold Alfond Athletic Center include Wadsworth Gymnasium, Alfond Ice Rink, Dunaway Squash Courts, the 5,300-square-foot Boulos Family Fitness Center, a 25-yard by 25-meter indoor swimming pool, an aerobics/dance studio, and the field house, which includes a newly resurfaced eighth-mile indoor track, four full-size tennis courts, a 27-foot climbing wall, a batting cage, and jumping pits.
Outdoor facilities include four artificial turf fields: Seaverns Field, a long-grass synthetic turf field and the primary field for football; newly renovated and relocated Bill Alfond Field, a lighted artificial turf field, the primary field for field hockey and lacrosse, which will open in the fall of 2017; and a new baseball and softball complex completed in 2016—the first facility in NESCAC with both artificial baseball and softball fields. A 2008 project installed the artificial turf football field, rebuilt the quarter-mile all-weather Alfond Track, and created a stadium feel around Seaverns Field in the Harold Alfond Stadium. Also opening in the fall of 2017 are a state-of-the-art competition grass field for soccer, an oversized natural grass practice field, and a newly installed rugby pitch.
Other outdoor facilities include the Alfond-Wales Tennis Courts (10 hard-surface courts) and the Klein Tennis Pavilion, the 8.5-mile Campbell Cross Country Trails for running and Nordic skiing, and a woodsmen’s area for traditional lumberjack competition. Seven miles from campus, the Colby-Hume Center is a 10-acre estate on Messalonskee Lake with a boathouse and docks for the crew teams. The Colby-Hume Center has boat access and can also be used by Colby students for swimming.
For information about the Department of Athletics, teams, and the department’s faculty and coaching staff, visit the Colby Athletics website.