Bridgewater College encourages participation in athletics by fostering a challenging and versatile athletic program. Athletics is an integral part of the academic curriculum of the College, promoting leadership, self-discipline and responsibility.
The College adheres to the philosophy of intercollegiate athletic competition based upon the principles of amateurism, sportsmanship and fair play. The following guidelines have been developed for the athletic program: (1) to place a priority on the academic progress of all students who participate in intercollegiate athletics; (2) to ensure the physical wellbeing of all student-athletes during practice, travel and play; (3) to encourage the development of each student-athlete to his or her full potential; and (4) to develop excellence in all of the College’s intercollegiate athletic programs.
The College sponsors 12 intercollegiate programs for women-basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field, and volleyball. The College also sponsors 11 intercollegiate teams for men-baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, and indoor track and outdoor track and field. The athletic program supports a cheerleading squad, a dance team and a Pep Band that perform at home football and basketball games.
The College is a Division III member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and follows guidelines and policies set forth by this governing body. Bridgewater’s teams compete in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC).
The College also offers a full array of intramural and club sport opportunities.
Bridgewater College owns and operates the Bridgewater College Equestrian Center (BCEC) in Weyers Cave, about 10 minutes from campus. The College’s equestrian program is based at the BCEC and includes classroom instruction, riding lessons (credit and non-credit) and riding team activities.
The equestrian teams practice, train and host collegiate horse shows at the BCEC, competing in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC), Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, Intercollegiate Dressage Association and United States Eventing Association shows.
The BCEC has boarding facilities available for student-owned horses on an advance reservation basis. Please contact the BCEC staff at 540-480-7850 for information on boarding options.