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Club and Intramural Sports

The extracurricular social experience

Sport clubs at Norwich allow students to get together regularly to play a sport they love, though they do not meet as often or for as long as varsity teams. Sport clubs are typically managed and run by the participants themselves, including coach selection, travel, fundraising, scheduling, practices, and participant development. Sport clubs bridge the gap between intramural and intercollegiate athletics by providing competition at specialized levels, participation in tournaments, and opportunities to practice. Although some clubs remain solely recreational, most are highly competitive.
Club Sports at Norwich:
Equestrian Golf
Men's Ice Hockey Mountaineering Rock Climbing
Paintball Track & Field
Soccer Ski & Snowboard
Volleyball Shooting
Ultimate Frisbee Women's Ice Hockey


Intramural sports programs at Norwich provides students an opportunity to participate in a variety of competitive and recreational sport activities as well as outdoor activities offered through the Shaw Outdoor Center. You may encounter leagues and tournaments for men’s, women’s, or mixed (co-recreational, or CoRec) teams.
Here are a few intramural activities and tournaments offered at Norwich:
Floor hockey Dodge ball
Biking Basketball
Swimming Hiking
Running Biking
Orienteering Snowshoe
Flag football Cross fit

Why choose Norwich?

The student-athlete experience

We want you to have a balanced experience here, so you will be cared for as a person first, a student second and an athlete third. Norwich can provide you with a profoundly academic education and an athletic experience that is rooted in a tradition of excellence.

Norwich teams have done extremely well at the national level:

  • Men’s Ice Hockey National Champions: 2000, 2003, 2010, 2017
  • Women’s Ice Hockey National Champions: 2011
  • Women’s Rugby 15s National Champions: 2012, 2013
  • Women’s Rugby 7s National Champions: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • 15 teams have finished as National Runners-up
  • Norwich has had seven Division III Academic All-Americans nominees for all Division III

Recruiting philosophy

We aren’t just looking for talented athletes at Norwich. We are looking for people who will embrace the student-athlete experience and want to think outside the box and take advantage of the real world challenges and experiential opportunities that bring learning to life at Norwich.

Leadership development and character

There are many opportunities to actively develop leadership abilities and strengthen your character as a Norwich student-athlete.

What student-athletes have to say

“To get an excellent education, play on this football team, meet great people, and get all of this with by challenging myself and giving me confidence in everything I do, is something that I really appreciate a lot.”

“I came to Norwich because of the strength of its academic program, but being on the women's rugby team has been a great experience for me. I have enjoyed being around people who have their focus on academics and career goals but also have a great passion for the sport of rugby. It’s been the best of both worlds.”

“I’m so happy to have had the opportunities I had. I’m afraid to think of the person I would have been if I had made the decision to go somewhere else.”

“My teammates are like a second family to me and have been a huge part of my positive experience at Norwich.”

Division III athletics

Division III schools place highest priority on the overall quality of the educational experience and on the successful completion of all students' academic programs. They seek to establish and maintain an environment that values cultural diversity and gender equity among their student-athletes and athletics staff.

What Division III offers

  • Opportunities to become well-rounded individuals who successfully integrate athletics and academics. Student-athletes are integrated into the student body, and they experience the full range of college life.
  • Athletes who receive no financial aid related to their athletic skills and athletic departments that are staffed and funded like any other department in the university.
  • Places special importance on the impact of athletics on the participants rather than on the spectators. The student-athlete's experience is of paramount concern.
  • Encourages the development of sportsmanship and positive social attitudes. Coaches and players treat each other with respect and administrators work to foster a positive competitive environment.
  • Commitment to providing equitable athletics opportunities for both genders and giving equal emphasis to men's and women's sports.
  • Encourages participation by maximizing the number and variety of athletics opportunities available to student-athletes, placing primary emphasis on regional in-season and conference competition.

For more information about Division III, please see the official NCAA website's DIII page