Varsity sports are very competitive, contrary to popular belief that just because Babson is in Division III, it cannot be competitive. In terms of popularity, it is true that few students attend games, but it's not true that few students play them. Considering the small-school atmosphere, neither the game attendance, nor athletic involvement can possibly be compared to other Division III giants. Sports are very important to the athletes that play them because they put considerable amounts of time into practices, meets, games, and races. Intramural sports involvement is slowly increasing, with more teams joining in the fun each year. Coed volleyball is by far the most popular sport. The rugby club usually does considerably well in its games, and more than a hundred spectators occasionally show up to watch them in their battles. Playing these sports helps students destress and keep in shape.
Attendance is important to the athletes involved. However, athletics are not an integral part of the social life for most Babson students because they come here to excel in academics, which can explain why attendance at games has been very sparse. One reason, among several, why not many people show up to games is that there are so many other activities (mostly academic) that are held at Babson daily. Altogether, a majority of students forms intramural teams, where they can make up team names and have fun playing with friends.