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The Department of Athletics offers physical education classes and sponsors intramural sports, intercollegiate athletics (varsity and junior varsity programs), informal recreational activities, aerobics programs, and club sports, offering opportunities for all levels of athletes and various 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 32 intercollegiate sports, 16 for women, 15 for men and 1 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.
The Athletics Department offers intramural programs during the fall, winter and spring. Offerings include soccer, field hockey, flag football, volleyball, broomball, basketball, and softball. Special intramural events have included a triathlon, a home run derby, and a squash tournament.
The department oversees club sports. Clubs are student run and are offered if there is enough student interest to sustain the club. Recent club sports include men’s and women’s rugby, the woodsmen’s team, badminton, Frisbee, bicycling, water polo, men’s volleyball, fencing, and an equestrian team.
Physical education classes are offered for students, faculty, and staff. Past offerings for students include aerobics, yoga, kickboxing, plyometrics, and pilates 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 studio, and the field house, which includes an eighth-mile indoor track, four full-size tennis courts, a 27-foot climbing wall, a batting cage, and jumping pits.
Outdoor facilities include two artificial turf fields: Seaverns Field, a long-grass turf field, which is the primarily field for football; and Bill Alfond Field, a "carpet" surface, which is the primary field for field hockey and lacrosse. 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. This entire complex is now called Harold Alfond Stadium. Other outdoor facilities include Coombs Field and Crafts Field for baseball and softball respectively; a game field and two practice fields for soccer; the Alfond-Wales Tennis Courts (10 hard-surface outdoor courts) and the Klein Tennis Pavilion; the 8.5-mile Campbell Cross Country Trails for running and Nordic skiing; a woodsmen’s area for traditional lumberjack competition; and other fields for rugby and other sports. 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.
For information about the Department of Athletics, teams, and the department’s faculty and coaching staff, visit www.colby.edu/athletics.