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Game On! How sports help you get the most out of college

Posted by Kelly Hart on Mar 11, 2019 2:05:00 PM
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Athletics at Westfield State go beyond what you’d find in your typical high school P.E. class. Quidditch, anyone?

At Westfield, sports teams are separated into three different categories: varsity, club and intramural. Together, all three form the Westfield State Athletic Department, which is overseen by Richard (Dick) Lenfest. Let's explore how to improve your college experience through sports.

 Most sports, with the exception of golf and ice hockey, are played right on campus. “We can draw a big crowd at our events,” says Dick. But with around 3,000 students involved in some sort of sport or recreational team at Westfield, that comes as no surprise.

Around 500 students play on the 20 different varsity sports teams like baseball, soccer or football. Although the majority of these students were recruited out of local high schools, since Westfield State is Division III NCAA school, athletic scholarships are not available. However, that doesn’t mean the level of competition is low and according to Dick, there aren’t many walk-ons.

“There’s a higher commitment level in college sports,” he says. To prove it, Westfield has won the Smith Cup six out of the past 11 years. The Cup is awarded each year to one school in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC), and the winner is determined by a point system. In order to win, a school must earn the most points based upon how they place in each of the 15 league championships.

Smith Cup 2016

But if a varsity-level commitment just isn’t your style, you can join the 250 students playing club sports like lacrosse, boxing, or even Harry Potter’s favorite past time, Quidditch. These teams play against other schools but unlike their varsity counterparts, they don’t belong to any NCAA Division.

Check out every Club Sport at Westfield State.

Then there are intramural sports teams. These are fun, recreational activities that only require you to sign-up to participate. Intramural teams are an easy way to make new friends and build connections, especially for new students or those living off-campus. For more information on intramural teams, contact 413-572-5417.

There’s also plenty of ways for you to stay active without having to kick around a ball or pick up a bat. The Woodward Center is home to on-campus fitness and training. You can take advantage of the weight rooms, indoor track or even the rock wall to help you get in shape.

Westfield Wellness Center

Whether you’re looking for a team or just want to pick up some free weights, Westfield has one than one opportunity for students to stay fit and active.  

Topics: Getting the most out of your college experience, Athletics, College Athletics

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