There are many Club Sports at Haverford, and they are all awesome:
Practice: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday (8-10pm) @ GIAC Court 3
Level of intensity: Practice year-round, compete in tournaments against other colleges in the Spring.
Factiod: All equipment provided, so anyone can become a Raptor.
Practice: Weekly lessons @ Willow May Farm in Newton Square, PA
Level of intensity: 8 week commitment for the semester to lessons, open riders of all levels (beginners included), no formal competitions.
Factoid: A bi-co club with a private stable and lessons from trainer Julie Fitzpatrick that can teach you how to ride a horse!
Practice: Driving range and practice rounds at local courses
Level of intensity: Member of the National Collegiate Club Golf Association, with opportunities for intercollegiate competition.
Factoid: Haverford is adjacent to the Merion Golf Club, host of multiple U.S. Open Championships, and the golf club may play on the West Course and driving range.
Practice: Monday to Friday from 4:00-7:00pm at the boathouse in the Fall and Spring, with races on Saturdays. During the winter we workout in our Erg room on campus. Crew also takes an awesome spring break trip to Florida!
Level of intensity: 5k head races in the Fall and 2k sprint races in the Spring. The team competes against other colleges, including varsity programs in the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference
Factoid: Crew welcomes rowers of all skill levels, and most of our team learns how to row in college!
Practice: Weekly during the Fall and Spring. The Women practice Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 4:30-6:30 at the Graduate School pitch in Bryn Mawr, with games on Saturdays.
Level of intensity: Full contact- Both Men and Women’s Rugby compete against other colleges several times each year.
Factoid: The Angry Young Newts began playing in the 1970s, and the Bi-Co women’s team are known as the Horned Toads.
Practice: Teams practice during the week when fields are available, usually from 4-6pm, in the Fall and Spring.
Level of intensity: Club Soccer plays games each semester against other colleges.
Factoid: Soccer is the only sport at Haverford where both club and varsity programs exist, because the clubs were established before the school made the decision not to allow both club and varsity programs, and so they were grandfathered in.
Practice: Monday to Friday on the Duck Pond field, with tournaments and games against other schools each semester.
Level of intensity: The Ultimate teams generally field both an A and B team, allowing for a range of intensity levels. The Sneetches and Donkeys often send a team to the regional tournament where they can qualify for nationals.
Factoid: The Donkeys (Men’s team) were founded in 1978 as Haverford’s Best and Only Ultimate team, and the Sneetches (Women’s team) placed 3rd at DIII Nationals in 2012 and 2013!
Club Sports at Haverford are mostly student run, with the incredible help of the director of Student Activities, Lilly Lavner. The students work hard to organize their teams and make their seasons happen, from budgeting, running practice, all the way to competing.
Each team relies on it’s members for it’s success, and everyone plays a role. Club sports at Haverford are always welcoming to new athletes. Team leaders have the opportunity to grow and strengthen their team because the clubs are almost entirely student controlled, so a committed group of students can make a huge difference!
So, if you want to try a sport at HC, the club sports programs are there for you!
And now, courtesy of Dhario DeSousa, captain of the Badminton Team, a window into the club sports world at Haverford:
Haverford Raptors Season Summary
On behalf of the captains of the Haverford Badminton team, I submit the following progress report for the fall/winter of the 2014-2015 season:
During the first half of the 2014-15 season, the Raptors completed their first ever joint undefeated season, building upon the momentum generated by their 2013-2014 campaign. In the marquee matchup of the season, the Raptors defeated Division I Villanova for the third consecutive year. The men’s team, captained by the extremely talented Dhario DeSousa, lost just one match while disheartening ‘Nova on their home court. The women’s team, also captained by the extremely talented Dhario DeSousa, similarly performed spectacularly, dropping just two matches en route to clinching the overall victory for the Raptors.
The other major match played by the Lady Raptors was against the Varsity Bryn Mawr badminton team. The Mawrters, perhaps afraid of the fearsome Raptor triumvirate lead by Elizabeth Rule, Hannah Baker, and Sherilyn Galvez, played an illegal lineup against the Raptors. This TKO gave the Raptors their first, albeit well-earned, victory against the Tri-Co rival.
The Raptors, despite playing a relatively light schedule, have set the bar high for the 2015 calendar year. Although captain Dhario DeSousa will be missed (and—to a much lesser extent—co-captain Jason Haas), juniors Hannah Baker and Elizabeth Rule are capable of filling their admittedly large shoes. Buoyed by a strong rookie and sophomore class, the Raptors look to make a strong statement in the second half of the 2014-2015 season and beyond.
Lame Ducks Ice Hockey – Hockey for everyone! Sunday nights from 11:00pm to 1:00am, with a Wawa hoagie run after! Meet in the South Lot at 10:45, skates and sticks are provided, or bring your own. Probably the most fun you can have on Sunday night.