When you roll up on to Stonehill’s campus, you’ll see a lot of people wearing shorts, leggings, Stonehill sweatshirts, or general work-out clothes. To stay fit, we go to the Sports Complex to work out, run outside, or play a sport! I’m not exactly fluent in the language of sports, but I want to give you a little run down of everything that Stonehill has to offer, so you know your options even before you become a Skyhawk.
1. First, you have your sports teams. Men’s teams: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Ice Hockey, Soccer, Tennis, and Track & Field. Our women’s teams: Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Track & Field, Equestrian, Volleyball, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, and Tennis. We’re NCAA Division II, so we’re competitive and very good. I personally don’t play any sports, and I don’t understand how athletes have so many practices and games, and yet manage to keep their grades up. Being on a sports team is a giant commitment. I’ve heard many pros and cons. You’re forced to stay on campus for games and practices, and it can be stressful, but you end up making a lot of friends and still have fun. A team can become a family pretty quickly. Men’s football and women’s basketball are probably our best teams and most attended games. The football game against Bentley (our rival), and March Madness are always popular events.
2. Then, there are club sports. These are slightly less of a commitment and competitive, but are still taken seriously. Stonehill offers Bowling, Cheerleading, Dance Team, Wrestling, and Golf. Men’s Volleyball, Rugby, Lacrosse, and Frisbee. Women’s Rugby and Frisbee. Our Dance Team is extremely talented and they go to Daytona, Florida every year for the NDA national championships and are fifth in the nation.
I have a friend who plays on the women’s ultimate team and she loves it. She just became one of the captains too. The team has practice a few times a week, and then sometimes games or tournaments on the weekends. They spent spring break in Georgia hanging out and playing. The Rugby team is pretty popular, and they are usually treated as something more than a cub sport. Basically what I’m saying is it’s a good time you should go for one.
3. Third is intramurals. These are only as competitive as the people playing make them. Whether you’re really good at the sport, or you’re like me (terrible), you can join a team. Really, anyone can play. Sometimes intramurals are more enjoyable than NCAA or club sports because there’s no pressure. It’s what you make it, and it’s usually super fun. There are so many to choose from, but some include Beach Volleyball, Dodgeball, Flag Football, or Indoor Floor Hockey.
If you’re vaguely into sports or just want to try something new, you should try out for or join a team. It’s an easy way to stay fit, do something fun, and make a lot of friends. If you’re like me, and you’re not quite coordinated enough or just are afraid of embarrassing yourself, there are a few other options. Other than Dance Team, you could try out for Dance Company or join Dance Club, each of which put on performances at the end of the semester. To stay fit, the Sports Complex offers group exercise classes including yoga, zumba, pilates, and a variety of cardio. There is also the Running Club, Ski/Snowboarding Club, High Adventure Club, and Swim Club. You could just stick to working out or running, or if you’re into marathons, you know, like marathons on Netflix, that’s fine too.