Bridgewater College encourages participation in athletics by fostering a challenging and versatile athletic program.
Through the dedication of coaches and support staff, the Bridgewater College athletics department provides a meaningful athletic experience for the student-athlete while in the pursuit of success in conference, regional and national competition. Bridgewater College student-athletes develop leadership, discipline, teamwork and perseverance, as they grow as students, athletes and future professionals. The athletics department strives to establish and maintain an environment that values cultural diversity and gender equity among student athletes and athletics staff. Facilities, staffing and resources are prioritized to aid in recruitment and competitive advantage. The coaches and staff act as a connective fiber among students, faculty, staff and the local community.
The College sponsors 12 intercollegiate programs for women: basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field, and volleyball. The College also sponsors 11 intercollegiate teams for men: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, and indoor and outdoor track and field. In addition to the 23 varsity NCAA programs, the College also sponsors an NCEA varsity riding program. Other campus groups supporting the College athletic teams include the cheerleading squad and the Screamin' Eagles Marching Band.
The College is a Division III member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and follows guidelines and policies set forth by this governing body. Bridgewater's teams compete in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC). Riding competes in the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) and follows those guidelines and policies.
The College also offers a full array of intramural and club sport opportunities.