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Club Sports

Club sports provide a highly competitive, non-varsity outlet for our student-athletes.
Women's rugby team in a scrum
The university subsidizes all club sports, but some may still require membership dues from individual members in order to cover anticipated expenses. While there are a few sports that are gender-specific, and a few which are truly "co-ed", most listed sports have both a male and a female club available.  

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Club sports are a terrific athletic outlet for students. To ensure that they operate effectively and safely, club presidents and officers must ensure that the necessary information is submitted to the recreational sports office. READ MORE

Students interested in starting a new club sport may submit a proposal to the Director of Recreation during the first two weeks of each semester and the last two weeks of each semester. You will need the following documents: How to - Petition - Proposal

Badminton

Practice: Saturday Afternoons

This club is instructionally focused, meets regularly in Huntington Gym and provides an opportunity for students to come together for informal play. The club is looking to play area Colleges.

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Baseball

Practice: Daily in the fall and spring

The Colgate Baseball Club competes in both the fall and spring, but the majority of its schedule takes place during the fall due to the more favorable weather. Games are generally scheduled as Sunday double-headers against other area colleges and club teams.

Contact:

Nick Whalen '16 - nwhalen@colgate.edu
Women's club basketball player with the ball

Basketball (Women)

Practice: November - March

This club provides a place for women to play more competitive basketball than is available within the intramural program. The club is comprised largely of former high school varsity players. The club is developing a competitive game schedule with other club teams in the area.

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Climbing Club

This is a new club for students to get together at the Angert Climbing Wall. As a new club, it is actively seeking new members of all skill levels to join and train to become a competitive climbing team.

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Cricket

Practice: Weekly in Sanford Field House

Cricket is a game played by two teams of eleven players on a pitch with two wickets placed 22 yards apart. Each team bats in turn with the objective of the batting team to make runs, while the bowling and fielding side tries to dismiss the batsmen. The winning team is the one that scores the most runs. The club practices and schedules matches year-round. LEARN MORE

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Curling

Practice: Sunday Nights at Utica Curling Club

This club is open to novice and experienced curlers alike. The club exposes interested students to this exciting sport allows them to explore the world of competitive bonspiels (tournaments). The club meets once or twice a week at the world-class Utica Curling Club facilities in nearby Utica – site of the 2003 U.S. National Curling Championships. The club also travels to regional competitions.

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Cycling

Practice: Daily rides

The cycling club provides an opportunity for students with varying skill levels in cycling to gather and explore the region together on their bicycles on a regular basis. Members who wish to compete will represent Colgate at a few races in the fall and spring.

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Student jumping an obstacle on horseback with the equestrian club

Equestrian

Practice: Weekly lessons

The Colgate Equestrian Club has both English and Western components. Both compete within the New York Division of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association. Opponents include Skidmore, Cornell, Morrisville, Cobleskill, Oswego, Hartwick, Ithaca, and Syracuse. Most league schools host a show during the season with riders vying for not only team placement, but also for individual points in order to qualify for Regional, Zone, and National competitions following league competition. The club trains at Saddleback Farm at 3055 Lake Moraine Road, Hamilton and is coached by Anna Hackney and Valerie Logsdon.
Team website  or Facebook Page

Contact (English Team):
Sale Rhodes - erhodes@colgate.edu
Maggie Nichols - mnichols@colgate.edu 
Rita Herzog - rherzog@colgate.edu
Contact (Western Team)
Victoria Todd - vtodd@colgate.edu
Sarah Paul   spaul@colgate.edu
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Fencing


The club is primarily instructionally focused, and novices are welcomed. As members become more proficient there may be opportunities to arrange outside competitive opportunities. All equipment is provided, including electronic scoring equipment.

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Field Hockey


Practice: Twice weekly in the fall

Comprised largely of former high school varsity players, this club provides an opportunity for you to have fun with the game while engaging in some spirited competition with members of the NYS Club Field Hockey League.

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Figure Skating


Practice: 2 - 3 times per week, October - February

The Figure Skating Club is open to skaters of all abilities. Although the club largely provides structured ice time for students wanting to practice on their own, several skaters compete in collegiate competitions.

The club also sponsors a "Learn to Skate" program for children in the local community. The program allows club members to give something back to their sport and community, and also serves as a fundraising opportunity for the club.

Colgate figure skaters have also competed as a synchronized skating team since the fall of 2010. They preformed well in their first competition at the Eastern Synchronized Sectional Championships in the Open Collegiate division. Their first performance placed fifth out of 11 schools. In 2014 the team placed 1st at the NY State Games in Lake Placid. TEAM WEB SITE   2014 video link
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Golf

Practice: The club practices at Colgate's Seven Oaks Golf Course.

This club is developing a foundation for competitive tournaments.

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Ice Hockey

The men’s and women’s ice hockey clubs offer an opportunity for those with competitive hockey skills to compete against other area and regional college club teams. The men’s club plays an independent regional schedule, while the women’s club competes in the Northeast Women’s Collegiate Hockey Association. The clubs practice in Starr Rink.

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Juggling

Practice: Twice weekly

Open to novice and experienced jugglers, this eclectic group gets together once a week to share knowledge, show off new tricks and prepare for periodic juggle fests and public demonstrations.

Contact: Faculty Advisor

Lacrosse

Practice: Weekly in the fall and spring

Located in one of the nation’s hotbeds of high school and collegiate lacrosse, Colgate has numerous students who have played the game at the high school level and desire a competitive outlet in college other than at the varsity level. Both men’s and women’s clubs function year-round with a limited fall schedule and additional contests in the spring.

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Martial Arts - Aikido

Practice: Mon and Thurs, 8:00-10:00 PM

Seidokan Aikido is the study of Aikido as a whole, which is a non-violent art of self-defense. It does not include punches, kicks, or offensive strikes. Aikido means “way of life through harmony with ki,” where ki is the energy of a human attacker, the universe surrounding us, the forces of nature, or the life force within ourselves.

Defensive arts consist of blending with the force of an attacker, leading the person downward, and then releasing the assailant safely. Old traditions are analyzed with the best traditions retained for study and application. This club emphasizes attitudinal training with students and instructor growing together.

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Martial Arts - American Karate

Practice: Tues and Thurs, 6:00-8:00 PM

The Karate style taught in this program is a kicking and punching system that incorporates the use of locks and control techniques. American Karate is a blend of traditional Karate, Tae Kwon Do, and Jujitsu. We study self-defense, sparring, weapons training, flexibility exercise, breathing techniques, and body and mental awareness.

We are affiliated through our instructor with the international Zen Do Kai organization. Students serve as instructors, working side by side with other students and community residents. We encourage members to participate in regular rank promotions as well as numerous local tournaments. Other club activities include home competitions, self-defense seminars, and demonstrations. We encourage students of all levels and styles to join.

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A student executing a flying kick against a training pad while practicing Tae Kwon Do

Tae Kwon Do

Practice: Twice weekly

Our primary goal is to produce well-rounded, confident martial artists employing a practical self-defense system that focuses not only on the individual aspects of combat, but on the holistic approach as well.

Tae Kwon Do is an ever-changing system that uses only those techniques that are most practical and efficient. You will learn to think critically and understand what might be the best and most efficient means of self-defense in all situations.

Our training includes punching, striking, deflecting, footwork, kicking, drills, sparring, and combat philosophy and applications. It also involves grappling (sweeps, takedowns, joint locks, and chokes), trapping hands, the theory of nerve strikes, bone breaks, the use of practical weapons, and an overall focus on the mental aspects of self-defense.

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Colgate rugby player receiving a backward pass as his teammate is tackledRugby

Practice: Four times weekly in the fall and spring on Colgate's rugby pitch

The men’s and women’s rugby clubs have a strong tradition at Colgate and both compete at the top of their leagues.  The formal league schedule takes place in the fall, and we participate in a limited non-league competitive schedule in the spring. Matches are generally scheduled on Saturdays during the competitive season. The clubs have benefited by traveling to Ireland and the UK to train with the European clubs during past spring breaks. Outside professional coach work closely with the teams throughout the season.

The rugby pitch is located on Academy Fields between Oak Dr. and E. Kendrick Ave.

Website:  http://www.colgaterugby.com

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Students running down Oak Drive on the Colgate CampusRunning

Practice: Daily runs

The running club provides an opportunity to get together with other like-minded students who are looking for running companions.

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Sailing

Practice: Daily Practices\Races in Fall, Limited Spring Competitions

This club competes under the umbrella of the Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association and sails against highly competitive programs from Navy, SUNY Maritime, Kings Point, Cornell and Hobart. The club’s fleet of eight Johnson FJs is housed at nearby Willow Bank Yacht Club located on Cazenovia Lake (approximately one half hour from campus). Although the bulk of the competitive season takes place in the fall of the year, some limited competition is scheduled for the spring.

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The alpine ski team posing in their ski gear.

Ski Racing (Alpine)

Practice: In the fall, the team conducts dry land training a couple of times a week.
League competition is from January through February.

The ski racing club is highly competitive and competes within the Adirondack Division of the United States Collegiate Ski Association. Other schools in the division include Albany, Skidmore, Union, and the U.S. Military Academy. During the season the club trains at nearby Toggenburg Ski Area (about a 35 minute drive from campus). Following league competition, the top finishing teams qualify for Regionals. The top four teams at Regionals qualify for Nationals. The club employs a professional coach who works closely with the team throughout the season.

Coach: Jim Longo - vickeyjoe@twcny.rr.com

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Soccer

Practice: Three practices per week in both the fall and the spring

The club men’s and women’s soccer teams actively practice and compete during the fall semester, and participate in limited play in the spring. Most players have played in high school and are looking for a competitive experience a bit above what we offer through intramural play. Club soccer fields are located behind Andy Kerr Stadium on College Street.

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Squash

Practice: 2-3 practices per week; competition from November through March

The Colgate men’s and women’s squash clubs are members of the Intercollegiate Squash Rackets Association and mostly compete against varsity programs. Following the dual match season, the teams take part in their respective national championship tournaments. Regular opponents include Tufts, Cornell, Smith, Hamilton, Hobart, Columbia, Rochester, Williams, Skidmore, and Bard. Prospective players should have played in high school; however, this is not an absolute requirement. Rosters number approximately fifteen players, with the top ten traveling to competition.

Coach:   Ben Oliver   boliver@colgate.edu

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Swimming

Practice: Daily workouts

The members train together in the pool and other workouts.  Workouts are geared toward members abilities.  

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Table Tennis

Practice: Friday\Sunday afternoons

The club provides an opportunity for students with a love of the sport to get together for some spirited competitive and instructional sessions up to three times a week. The more experienced players have an opportunity to schedule competitions with other nearby college club teams.

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Tennis

Practice: 2-3 practices per week

The tennis club is a coeducational team of tennis enthusiasts who meet in Sanford Field House several times per week for the purpose of engaging in some informal competitive tennis. The club competes against area colleges each semester.

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Triathlon

Practice: Daily workouts

The Colgate Triathlon Club strives to unite existing student triathletes and to provide support and advice to students who wish to compete in triathlons. All students with an interest in cycling, swimming, and running with their peers, whether they are experienced or novices, are eligible for membership in the Colgate Triathlon Club. Any individuals who want to challenge themselves are free to participate in club activities and workouts. Competition between members is not the goal — the goal is for students to compete only with themselves.

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An ultimate frisbee player makes a leaping catch of a throw that has floated just above the fingertips of a defender.

Ultimate Frisbee

Practice: 2-4 practices per week

There is both a men's team and a women's team. Each is made up of students who are extremely dedicated to the spirit of Ultimate Frisbee, and the fun of competitive play. The club is active all year and travels to several intercollegiate invitational tournaments.

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Volleyball

Practice: Weekday Afternoons

The men’s and women’s volleyball clubs schedule individual matches and open tournaments throughout the year.

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Water Polo

Practice: 2-4 days per week

The men’s and women’s teams are highly competitive members of the Collegiate Water Polo Association, New York Division. The men’s competitive schedule takes place in the fall semester and the women’s is in the spring. Opponents include Buffalo, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Rochester, Gannon, Cornell, Columbia, Iona, St. Frances, Queens, and West Point. Both clubs host a tournament as part of their respective formal schedules. Each team holds practices in Lineberry Natatorium during the competitive season.

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