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Getting involved with club sports at Bucknell

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Evelyn Pierce, Graphics Manager / The Bucknellian

For Bucknell students looking to stay active on campus, intramural and club sports are available for all to participate.

For students looking to participate in sports at a slightly more rigorous level and compete against other universities, club sports are the route to take.

Club sports at Bucknell are student-run programs under the guidance of the Office of Recreation Services. These teams allow students to compete against other colleges and universities. Bucknell has over 20 club sports and provides students with an outlet to create friendships over shared interests in sports.

Men’s Club Baseball

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Bucknell Club Baseball competes in the District II-Chesapeake West conference. Club baseball is a fall and spring sport, and they practice on Mondays and Wednesdays. A member of the National Club Baseball Association, they compete against Bloomsburg University, Lafayette, Lehigh, Penn State and Millersville. All skill levels are welcome to join.

Captains Will Chapin ’24 and Shane Mitchell ’24 have been a part of club baseball for their four years at Bucknell. 

“I was incredibly honored to be chosen as the captain of club baseball for my senior year,” Chapin said. “Baseball has played a big role in my life ever since I was five years old, and being the captain of a team for the first time in my life has been extremely exciting for me. I look forward to building off our team’s success from last year, growing as a player and as a person with the rest of the team and setting a good example for all of the underclassman players. Shane and I can’t wait to continue to grow the club baseball program together and set the team up for success after our graduation.” 

Students running club sports express immense passion and drive. They are responsible for keeping the teams organized and discussing the many benefits that come with being a member. Club Baseball has provided the captains with opportunities to meet other students and forge friendships.

“I have met some great guys from the Club Baseball team,” said Mitchell. “Every time I see the guys on the team around campus we always say hello or spark conversation. It’s the little things that can pick your head up.”

For any students interested in joining Club Baseball, email [email protected] or
[email protected]

Men’s Club Soccer

Bucknell Men’s Club Soccer is a fall sport that practices twice a week on the intramural fields. The team has started the year off strong with a 9-0 victory over Lock Haven University. The team has three more games remaining for the rest of the 2023 season and hope to build on their early success.

“We have one of the strongest lineups in years and are excited to see where the season takes us,” said Jack Kennedy ’24. 

“It’s great having guys come out to every practice and excited to just play. It’s always nice to continue staying active and playing the game you love while at school,” said Matt Tollin ’24. “On top of that, we get to take kids from the practices to our games every week where we play schools in the Central Pennsylvania division where we play teams like Bloomsburg and Penn St. I’m looking forward to a great season with this team and am excited for what’s to come. So far we beat Lock Haven 9-0 and tied Bloomsburg 1-1.” 

For additional information and questions about club soccer, students can reach out to [email protected] or [email protected].

Women’s Club Squash

Bucknell Women’s Squash competes in the College Squash Association (CSA) and competes in nationals every season. The team practices two to three times a week and holds team activities and bonding outside of practice. The team is a small but very close group, and they are always looking for new members to join. 

“Club squash has been a great way to meet new people while continuing a high school sport I loved to play,” shared captain Catie Sharp ’25. “I’ve been able to form close friendships with the girls and always have a blast whether it’s practice or traveling to nationals. This fall the Women’s Club Squash team will be hosting a home tournament, as well as traveling to Navy for a round-robin. We’re also looking forward to our matches in the spring semester to prepare us for nationals in February.”

Many participants in club sports at Bucknell are former athletes, whether from high school or even at the university level.

“Club squash has presented a new opportunity for competitiveness, exercise, and fun into my weekly routine. As a former athlete, I have been seeking a sport to fulfill the team dynamic that I’ve missed,” says former Bucknell women’s lacrosse player Skye Gilbert ’25. “The club squash team has strong leadership and is made up of a great group of girls.”

For students interested in joining the team, reach out to [email protected], [email protected] or [email protected].

Students also have the opportunity to start a new club sport of their choice. For more information on club sports or general questions, students should contact Scott Lotze, Assistant Athletic Director, at [email protected] or 570-577-1656. 

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