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Athletics

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are a big part of campus life.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our athletics are okay. I came from a high school with a lot of school spirit and involvement but that isn't as adamant here. I don't spend a lot of time participating in athletics so it really does not influence me all that much. There are times when I have a disrespect for certain athletes just because I feel like they don't care about or respect our education. They just want to play football and drink on the weekends.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Our football team isn't that great, but there's always a decent turnout at games.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics are important but people aren't as involved as bigger schools.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: A lot of people have school spirit.

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There are plenty of sports teams on campus. Some sports games are heavily attended by students, faculty, staff, and community members, while other sports lack the support. Some sports teams even lack financial support (field hockey was recently cut from the school's athletic program). In general, the men's basketball team is usually good and recently won its conference, the baseball team went to regionals, and some golfers went to the national championships. Regardless of these accomplishments, all athletes are well respected around campus. Catawba also has intramurals, including basketball, volleyball, and pingpong.

In terms of facilities, the fields and courts are fine, but the additional accommodations could be in better condition. They are definitely acceptable, but so much money is put into scholarships for the athletes that not enough money is left for the facilities. There is a track, but it wasn't designed properly and is shorter than regulation, so it cannot be used for running events.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: South Atlantic Conference
Basketball: South Atlantic Conference
School Colors
Navy blue and white
School Nickname
Indians
Men Playing Varsity Sports
271 - 48%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
111 - 17%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 58
Basketball: 29
Baseball: 20
Cross Country/Track: 16
Other Sports: 164
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 75%
Basketball: 38%
Baseball: 71%
Cross Country/Track: 60%
Other Sports: 73%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Intramurals
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Kickball
  • Pool
  • Racquetball
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball, sand
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Abernethy Physical Education Center (Goodman Gymnasium)
  • Frock Athletic Complex
  • Johnson Tennis Center
  • Miriam and Robert Hayes Fieldhouse
  • Newman Park
  • Shuford Stadium
Most Popular Sports
Football, baseball, men's basketball, lacrosse
Most Overlooked Teams
Women's basketball, tennis
School Spirit
School spirit is good for some events, but not so good for others. Students dress in school colors, use body paint, and shout cheers during games like football, lacrosse, and men's basketball.
On the other hand, women's basketball and tennis do not get the same kind of support. Women's basketball games are played right before men's games, and still the majority of the crowd only shows up for the men's game.
Getting Tickets
Getting tickets is easy-except for the homecoming football game, which sells out so quickly. Patrons can buy tickets online or at the gate, and there never seems to be a very long line. Ticket prices are reasonable, and Catawba students get into events for free-unless it is a South Atlantic Conference (SAC) event.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The track and the nature preserve on campus are great places for students and community members to take walks.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 17 responses

  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 53% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 41% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 6% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 16 responses

  • 25% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 25% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 31% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 19% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 15 responses

  • 0% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 67% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 27% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 7% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
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