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1 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: there were no organized athletics, only an ultimate frisbee team run by the school's top drug dealer (no joke).

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: We have a variety of athletic clubs that seem to be very welcoming.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: No one at Hampshire really cares about sports. The only sports teams we have are cross country and ultimate frisbee. Since there is not an emphasis on sports at Hampshire, our sports facilities are pretty outdated.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: For those who like being in athletics, they will be mostly for recreational and on the down low, but sports aren't the big here.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: There are few teams at Hampshire. The gym facilities are okay, but are shared with the community at large as part of a multisport complex.

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After a few days on the Hampshire campus, it should be no surprise that athletics are not a top priority. Hampshire offers no sports scholarships and pointedly remains out of organizations like the NCAA. The school does attract active athletes and avid outdoorsy folks, but few, if any, are drawn to the school for athletic offerings. Some are, however, impressed by the non-competitive nature of Hampshire athletics. Sports people are spirited but typically not brutal in competition, and all teams are “open,” meaning there are no cuts. As a result, athletic groups include newcomers and veterans, and in active years, teams will play against other schools.

The Outdoors Program and Recreation Athletcs (OPRA) draws a significant portion of the athletically inclined, offering trips throughout the semester involving biking, hiking, climbing, and kayaking, among other activities, and even longer treks out of state—or even country—during the breaks. The Martial Arts Program includes Shotokan karate, tai chi, aikido, and yoga. Overall, the feel on campus regarding athletics is laid-back and friendly, whether you’re on the field or in the gym, though there are definitely some gym or field rats that practice intensely on their own. Crowds at games can get loud, but they mostly consist of team members’ friends. Aside from team members, school spirit is not rampant by any means, but the athletic programs are there for the people who want them.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • Other
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: N/A
School Colors
Blue and green
School Nickname
The Frogs
Men Playing Varsity Sports
0 - 0%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
0 - 0%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
Club Sports
  • Climbing
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Skiing
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Aikido
  • Climbing
  • Cycling
  • Kayaking
  • Kyudo
  • Paddling
  • RAD self defense
  • Shotokan Karate
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • T'ai Chi (Yang style)
  • Yoga (Hatha)
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Multi-Sport Center
  • Robert Crown Center (RCC)
Most Popular Sports
The Ultimate Frisbee team, Red Scare Ultimate, is one of the most visible (check out But the basketball teams (the Black Sheep) have their share of comically rowdy fans. These two sports teams are the only ones that have been consistently active in competing against other schools.
Most Overlooked Teams
Most teams on campus do not receive as much attention as, say, the basketball or ultimate Frisbee teams.
School Spirit
Go breadfruit tree! I mean, go negative space! No, no! Frogs! Black Sheep! Commies! Hampshire students don't rally underneath one logo or mascot, though they can in some cases get quite enthusiastic (for dramatics or just for fun) about their school spirit. The official mascot is the frog, but the basketball players chant "Go Black Sheep!" (a good-natured play on the College's reputation amongst the Five Colleges), and the ultimate Frisbee team, the Red Scare, scrimmages against other schools in their bright red T-shirts with a hammer and sickle. Whatever image, logo, or mascot students decide to embrace, Hampshire school spirit is often coupled with a bit of wry humor about the school's many quirks.
Getting Tickets
Attendance at games is free.
Best Place to Take a Walk
If you ask any student, their first suggestion for a great walk will likely be a trek to the Hampshire Tree. The entire campus is a great place to walk and wander, with scenic woodsy areas and a generally open vibe. There are entrances to nature and fitness trails on the west end of the campus (one behind the basketball courts and one at the end of the playing fields). Also, check out the trails up Norwottuck and Bare Mountains just to the south (there are observation towers at the top), the pond by Physical Plant, the Holyoke Range (including Mount Tom in the range called the Seven Sisters and Lake Bray), Mount Metacoment (Monadnock Trail), and Mount Sugarloaf.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 32 responses

  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 0% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 16% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 84% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 33 responses

  • 18% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 0% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 64% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 18% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 32 responses

  • 0% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 0% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 34% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 66% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
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