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The Bennington Athletic Department (BAD) program encompasses recreation, intramurals, club sports, and outdoor trips, in addition to overseeing the Meyer Recreation Barn (MRB). Watch for new programming, exciting large-scale events, and join in on the growing enthusiasm for all things BAD.
We are excited to announce a new partnership with the Bennington Tennis Center coming this fall. Tennis clinics will be available three times a week on campus until mid-October (weather dependent) as well as in the Bennington Tennis Bubble (in town) once the campus courts are unusable. In addition, you can participate in tournaments, and take advantage of other special events at the campus courts and the indoor tennis bubble in town.
Bennington’s intramural program sponsors activities such as volleyball, flag football, dodgeball, ice skating, laser tag, and Ultimate Frisbee. Games are co-ed and open to athletes of all skill levels. In addition, several club teams compete with other colleges in the area:
- Basketball: Bennington students can join a twice-weekly pick-up basketball team at an indoor court in North Bennington. The games are co-ed, and all skill levels are welcome. The basketball team also occasionally travels to other colleges in Vermont and Massachusetts for intercollegiate games.
- Dodgeball: Bennington's intramural dodgeball league is always a huge success. More than 100 students, faculty, and staff make up a league of 14 teams that compete for prizes, bragging rights, and inevitable glory. Leagues happen each term with our fall season culminating in a Halloween tournament with prizes for best costume.
- Fencing: The Bennington Fencing Club is a student-led group open to students of all skill levels. The club introduces interested students to the sport and offers training to improve fencing skills. The Bennington Fencing Club has participated in the New England Intercollegiate Fencing Conference (NEIFC).
- Frisbee: Now in its second year, the ultimate frisbee team has become a staple on campus. The Bennington "Vermonster" not only host matches against area schools such as UVM, Bentley, and Darmouth, but they continue to compete in tournaments across New England and the Mid-Atlantic, including USA Ultimate-sanctioned events such as the Northeast Classic and North Newe England D-III Conferences. Check out their Facebook page.
- Soccer: During the fall months, Bennington’s co-ed soccer team plays against colleges from Vermont and Massachusetts (though the College does not participate in any formal intercollegiate leagues). All levels are welcome and encouraged to join the team.
Bennington offers an outdoor recreation program that sponsors a variety of off-campus outdoor activities. Fall term excursions include a range of activities from canoeing and hiking to caving and rock climbing; spring activities include cross-country skiing, white-water rafting, overnight snowshoeing trips, and mountain biking.
Students can walk or bike the campus Blue Trail, an easy hike winding through the wooded parts of campus and connecting to several trails throughout the region, including the Mile-Around Woods. The trailhead is located at the north end of campus, behind the Davis Alumni House. Access to the Long Trail, Vermont's oldest long-distance hiking trail, is a short drive from campus.
Through the Bennington bike-share program, Bennington College community members can borrow a bicycle, helmet, and lock at no cost through the MRB.
In warmer weather, students can visit the nearby Walloomsac and Battenkill Rivers or Lake Paran for fishing, canoeing or tubing, and swimming. Bennington and its surroundings are also home to numerous natural watering holes, water tubs, and water slides.
In the winter months, Bennington College is only a short drive to some of the best skiing and riding in the Northeast, as well as some of the region's best snowshoeing and cross-country skiing trails. The Crossett Library carries an expansive collection of area guidebooks for these and many other outdoor activities.
In 2013, the MRB purchased a new collection of skis and shoes available to rent for a nominal fee. Contact Michiel Considine, Assistant Director of Student Life (firstname.lastname@example.org, 802-440-4455), for more details.