Competitive intercollegiate athletics at Haverford are not limited to our 23 varsity teams.
The club sports program at Haverford College is designed to provide opportunities for students to participate and compete in a variety of sports not already offered at the varsity level. Members of the clubs sports teams are responsible for the administration and organization of their club activities. Haverford clubs are supported by Students’ Council, the Athletic Department and the Dean’s Office. Any questions should be directed to the Director of Student Activities, Michael Elias.
What is a club sport?
A club sport is a registered student organization intended to promote the common interests of a particular sport or activity through participation and competition.
Participation in a club sport is completely voluntary. Membership is open to all current students regardless of skill level. No student may be discriminated against by any organization at Haverford College for reasons of age, color, ethnic or national origin, disability, marital status, political or social affiliation, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation.
To be recognized as a club sport at Haverford, each organization must agree to abide by the guidelines and expectations outlined the Club Sports Handbook.
Club sport practices and matches are limited to Haverford and Bryn Mawr college students whose names appear on the official roster. Alumni/ae or students on leave are specifically excluded.
Eligibility for some club sports may depend on various league or divisional rules established by outside organizations. Practices and schedules vary since all activities are organized and administered by students.
Recognized Club Sports
The Coed Club Badminton team practices year round and competes in the spring. Traditionally, we host matches against Villanova, Penn, Drexel, Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore. Additionally, we represent Haverford at collegiate and open tournaments in Region 1 (the Northeast). Our team is made up of players of all skill levels and we actively encourage beginners to join the team.
Haverford's growing crew program has been in existence since 1998, and boasts lively men's and women's teams that compete in the fall and spring in Philadelphia and the surrounding area. The team currently shares boathouse space with Villanova University on the upper Schuylkill River in Conshohocken, only 15 minutes from campus. The team's coach since 2001 is Valeria Gospodinov, an Olympic medalist for Bulgaria and former assistant coach for the Bulgarian national team. The crew teams practice daily in the spring and fall in the afternoons and follows an intense conditioning program during the winter. Rowers and coxswains of all experience levels (including complete novices) are welcome on the team every year.
With its campus adjacent to Merion GC's East Course - host of four U.S. Opens (1950, 1971, 1981, and 2013) and the 2005 U.S. Amateur - Haverford resumed golf in 1999 after a decade-and-a-half hiatus. Members of the club join the NCCGA (National Collegiate Club Golf Association) and participate in several team events each year. The use of Merion West golf course and local driving ranges are available for practice for the golf club team members.
The Haverford Men's Rugby Club offers males at Haverford the opportunity to engage in the physically and mentally challenging sport of rugby. Rugby is a physical contact sport for everyone. People of all sizes and abilities are needed for the myriad of facets and aspects of the game. Rugby is perhaps one of the most team-focused sports as every person of the 15 on the field is vital and important to the team's success in the game. Furthermore, rugby is not a game of pretenses and exclusion, but rather one of inclusion.
The Club will practice three times per week and play in several matches each semester.
Ultimate frisbee is one of Haverford's largest athletic clubs. The men's and women's teams both compete in three to four tournaments per semester. They also host two tournaments on campus, Haverween in the fall and Layout Pigout in the spring. Occasionally, the teams will merge to play in a coed tournament. Both the men's and women's teams are nationally ranked and strive to play at the highest possible level of the sport while maintaining a fun atmosphere and a great sense of team inclusiveness.
New players of all skill levels are always welcome to come and play. No experience necessary, we can teach you how to throw!
The men's club soccer team formed in 2009 to satisfy the demand for a competitive but less time-consuming alternative to Haverford’s varsity soccer team. With a core of over 20 members, the club holds several practices a week and competes with nearby college and university club teams, including Penn, Swarthmore, The College of New Jersey, St. Joseph’s, and the University of the Sciences.
The women's club soccer team is made up of a great group of women who love to play soccer. We play games against club teams from other colleges in the area, both at home and away. Each season we usually play local Philadelphia teams such as Penn and Drexel, but we also travel to other schools that are within about hour of us, such as Princeton. We practice 2-3 times per week and play between 5-8 games per season.
Club soccer is designed to be competitive and fun and we'd love to have you come join us at any practice!
Clubs that do not participate in intercollegiate competition are considered Student Activities and may contact the Student Activities office for assistance. Like all student activities at Haverford College, sport and recreational clubs and organizations are self-governing and must follow the guidelines and responsibilities outlined in the Constitution of the Haverford College Students' Association.