Club Sports

Bates club sports provide uniquely structured intercollegiate sport programs which are not offered as varsity teams but are more highly structured than the intramural program and include competition against other colleges and universities. The clubs below are recognized by Bates College Student Government; some are co-governed by the Bates Department of Athletics; others are governed solely by the Bates Department of Athletics, and are not represented here.

You may view the list of club sports contacts, advisors, and storage spaces here.

Bates Cycling FB-f-Logo__blue_29twitterInstagram

The Bates College Cycling Club was created to provide organized group rides as well as opportunities for racing in the ECCC division of Collegiate Cycling.


Bates Figure Skating Club fb-f-logo__blue_29

Bates Figure Skating Club (BFSC) provides students with the opportunity to skate recreationally and competitively as desired. Figure skaters of all levels and interests are welcome. With daily public ice and weekly BFSC ice time skaters may work on individual skills or prepare for upcoming events in an welcoming environment. Competitions include those of the USFSA Intercollegiate Figure Skating Program where students will represent Bates and compete as part of a team.


Bates Freestyle Skiing

Bates Freestyle Ski Team (BFST) is a club that allows for kids in the Bates community to come together to share their love and interest of freestyle skiing. The club is welcome to all abilities of skiing, whether one is a gaper ready to turn park rat or a seasoned pro, the goal is that we all push each other and ourselves to get better while spreading the stoke further into the Bates Community! If you are looking for a fun way to make it through the Maine winter’s and want to get pitted, come stop by and learn what it is all about!


Club Field Hockey FB-f-Logo__blue_29

Club Field Hockey is a competitive traveling club team that provides an opportunity for Bates students to play field hockey at the non-varsity level. We welcome all levels by fostering the skills of advanced players and teaching beginners the rules and techniques necessary for competition. We play in the fall and pick up our sticks again after the snow melts in the spring. We compete against other New England collegiate club teams and participate in regional tournaments too.


Club Soccer FB-f-Logo__blue_29

Club soccer is for all who wish to to play more soccer at a higher level soccer then the intramural leagues. This includes two practices a week at night as well as several games with surrounding club teams (i.e. Bowdoin, Colby, etc). All are welcome.


Club Volleyball

The Bates Volleyball Club is a competitive team that competes against schools from all around New England. We are a club sport that is open to anyone who is willing to play. We compete against such schools as Bowdoin, Colby, University of Maine, Brown, Williams and many others.

Storage: Gray Cage Locker


Competitive Ski Team

Come join the fastest club on campus – the Competitive Ski Team! Founded in 2005 as an alternative to the D-1 racing team on campus, this club is open to both Alpine and Nordic racers of all levels and all experience, as long as you want to go fast! We offer dry-land training and on-snow instruction throughout the year. We also spend the winter racing against other great colleges in New England. It’s a great opportunity for former ski racers who want to continue in college or for those who have never tried the sport before.

Storage: Chase Hall G13 and Card Access Loading Dock


Cricket Club

Come be a part of a cricket revolution at Bates! Cricket is more than a sport, it’s a belief, it’s a religion! The 2nd most popular sport in the world, Cricket is gaining popularity and interest fast at Bates. Using similar techniques as baseball, it is hugely popular in Pakistan, India, Srilanka, the UK and Australia. Over the last decade, cricket has witnessed a dramatic gain in popularity in the US, Canada, UAE, Afghanistan, Ireland, Kenya and Malysia. Come learn about this growing global sport followed passionately by millions. Everybody is welcome, prior experience is preferred, not required.


Equestrian Team FB-f-Logo__blue_29twitterInstagramwebsite

This club sport is co-governed by the Bates College Department of Athletics.

The Bates Equestrian Team is a club sport open to anyone who is interested in riding or learning to ride. The Bates Equestrian Team competes in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) in Zone 1, Region 2. IHSA shows make it possible for students without horses to show in college. At a show, riders are randomly assigned a horse from the host barn and are judged on their equitation on the flat and over fences. Practice is weekly throughout the year and all abilities are welcome and encouraged to show with the team. If you are interested, please visit our Facebook Page.


Fencing Club FB-f-Logo__blue_29

This club sport is co-governed by the Bates College Department of Athletics.

The Fencing Club began a few years ago as a small club to teach the rudiments of fencing. We have grown to teach beginning fencing, group lessons in all three weapons, free fencing for all levels, and to field competitive teams against collegiate clubs and varsity teams. We also satisfy your phys ed requirement.


Golf Club

The Golf Club is dedicated to fostering and sharing an enthusiasm for the sport of golf among students and other members of the Bates Community. As part of our mission, we hope to establish a rich tradition in providing an entertaining environment in which members can discover and hone their golfing abilities. We hold frequent golfing outings, providing balls and clubs if needed. No prior experience in golf is necessary.


Men’s Club Lacrosse

The Bates Men’s Club Lacrosse team has greatly increased in size and popularity since its first season in 2006. Club Lacrosse is a great option for anyone interested in experiencing the game of lacrosse at a college level regardless of skill or experience. Competition consists mostly of other schools throughout New England.

Inactive in the 2015-16 academic year.


Men’s Ultimate Frisbee (Orange Whip) FB-f-Logo__blue_29twitterwebsite

YEAHHHH WHIP!!!! Bates College’s Mens Ultimate Frisbee Team, the legendary Orange Whip is a club team committed to the sport and spirit of Ultimate. Practices consist of drills, scrimmaging, conditioning and games, and are held throughout the school year. We are a team that plays with intensity while always managing to have a great time. In the fall season we play in as many tournaments as we can, often with our sister team, Cold Front. In the past we have traveled as far as Montreal and Rhode Island. In the winter, we up the intensity with conditioning, weight room workouts, and an indoor (co-ed) 4 v. 4 league. Spring makes way for Men’s USA Ultimate Sectionals, Regionals, and Nationals. In 2015-2016, we hope to continue to work hard and build on the success of previous years. We welcome any level of commitment or experience. We’re fun guys, we swear. Check out our website or Flickr if you don’t believe us. Contact us here!


Spikeball Club FB-f-Logo__blue_29

The Bates College Spikeball Club is dedicated to bringing the Bates community together around the game of Spikeball.  Spikeball is a game that is often described as a mixture of 4-square and beach volleyball.  Intrigued?  The game also is played 360 degrees around a miniature trampoline. Now I know you are hooked.  The Spikeball Club plays weekly, hosts on-campus tournaments, and sends contingents of Bates spikeballers out to tournaments in the wider New-England Region.  The club is open to absolutely everybody.  Check out our Facebook page, a tutorial, and join the movement!!


Triathlon Club FB-f-Logo__blue_29

The Bates Triathlon Club is for YOU! Who doesn’t enjoy swimming, biking, or running? Never heard of or done a triathlon? Come check this club out! We are focused on bringing those who are interested, but necessarily experienced, in triathlons of any distance together to train hard and have lots of fun! Also, as an official USAT recognized club team, you can keep racing for Bates even after you graduate!


Women’s Club Lacrosse

Club Lacrosse is a great option for anyone interested in experiencing the game of lacrosse at a college level regardless of skill or experience. Competition consists mostly of other schools throughout New England.


Women’s Ultimate Frisbee (Cold Front) FB-f-Logo__blue_29twitterwebsite

Cold Front, Bates’ Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Team – What do a weather pattern, a stellar group of ladies, and a flat flying object all have in common? COLD FRONT is Bates’ very own women’s ultimate team! We are a fun-loving, athletic, club team who are always looking for more people to toss a disc with. We hold practices 5x/wk, in addition to organizing and attending lots of fun and competitive tournaments as well as extra activities involving discs and love. No experience is necessary to join our awesome team, and we will happily educate anyone in the great game of ultimate. So what are you waiting for?! Come say hello, join our list serve, or better yet strike up a conversation over tofu nuggets and Italian Almond Cookies in commons! We like playing ultimate, making up silly names, and having fun.

Fac/Staff Advisor: Lynne Lewis