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Fairfield University is dedicated to developing your whole person - to your intellectual, spiritual, and physical growth. Which is why we encourage participation in our 25+ sport clubs and 20+ intramural activities.

Sport clubs are organized and managed by students. Sports club teams play other colleges in the New England area and therefore the FT and PT Program Coordinator of Sports Clubs oversees things like memberships, dues, and travel. Intramural teams play only other Fairfield U students, on campus grounds. They are run by student employees and overseen by the Program Coordinator for Intramurals. 

For additional general information, click on a specific sport below or e-mail sportclubs@fairfield.edu.

Baseball

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Baseball

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The Club Baseball Team is in its twelfth year as an organization. The team officially was recognized as a sports club within the Fairfield University Department of Recreation during the 2007-08 academic year.

The program plays in the New England Club Baseball Association (NECBA) competing against teams such as Holy Cross, Northeastern, Trinity College, Yale, Conn College, Boston University and other colleges in the area.

The Stags play a highly competitive fall season, with practices during the week and doubleheaders on the weekends. During the winter months, practices are held to keep players in shape, throwing multiple times during the week and possibly spending some time in the batting cages.

During the spring season, doubleheaders are played against other area teams. These contests are considered non-league games. Nonetheless, it is a competitive level of baseball, including 2 or 3 doubleheaders.

Special Recognition

Connor Fleming '12 finished his four years at Fairfield with a special recognition from the NECBA. Connor was the first player ever inducted into the newly-formed NECBA Hall of Fame.

Connor "Dad" Fleming was a phenomenal pitcher throughout all four years of his club baseball career. Consistently a top pitcher in the NECBA, Fleming led Fairfield to three straight division titles and into the championship game in his senior year. His best performance was in the 2011 playoffs, when he came into a tie game in the top of the 5th inning with one out in the semifinals, and threw 8 2/3 innings without giving up an earned run until Fairfield won it in the bottom of the 14th. He then proceeded to start the championship game, putting up two more scoreless innings. He also threw a perfect game against Bard in the 2010 season. Connor was a three-time pitching MVP from 2009-11. He is one of the best pitchers the NECBA has ever had.

With strong officer leadership, club baseball will continue to be a viable club for years to come at Fairfield. Go Stags!

Men's Basketball

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Men's Basketball

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Established in 2015 by students Sam Jensen '17, Heamon Williams '18 and Michael Vessicchio '16, Club Basketball is a great way to network and continue a competitive career at the collegiate level. This league operates as a step up from regular intramurals which involve only competition between other Fairfield students.

The team is a registered member of the National Club Basketball Association (NCBBA) and travels to play teams like UConn, BC, Villanova, Sacred Heart, Brown University, Trinity College and many others. Primarily our season consists of 18 conference games and a regional tournament should we qualify. The team qualified for the regional tournament in both the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 seasons, ultimately losing to Boston College and UMASS Lowell who advanced to the national tournament.

Women's Basketball

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Women's Basketball

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The dedication of these three women: Julianne O’Connell, Beth McDonough and Lindsey Bosland have made this club possible and they are proud to announce Fairfield’s newly formed Women’s Basketball Team. Looking for a group of fun, hardworking, passionate and competitive women who loved to play basketball, they started hosting several open gym practices and eventually held a couple tryouts; and by the middle of October 2016, they had their first team. So far in this previous year of 2016-2017, they have played against a few teams in Connecticut like UCONN and Sacred Heart and they are looking to continuously expand their competition come Fall 2017.

The club is looking forward to competing in several tournaments throughout the fall and spring semesters, particularly in the NIRSA competitions at UMASS Amherst, University of Maryland, and Boston University; all while striving to reach the ultimate goal - NATIONALS.

The team is entirely student run, with the captains running practices and organizing games. Practices are twice a week, usually at night, and mandatory.

Cricket

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Cricket

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Cricket has been a unifying club sport for international students within the university as well as outside of it. This club was created in the summer of 2016 and has quickly become a popular activity within Fairfield University. Over the last two semesters, the Cricket club has divided and played against each other weekly. Currently, the club has joined Sacred Heart University for tournaments.

The ambition of a few students has now spread into a club of more than thirty students playing on the team. The club plays one-day matches and tournaments in Rafferty stadium and Lessing field. The club plays both in afternoons and at night under the lights.

We are looking to continue to expand this club in order to be able to play against other schools and grow its members. Interested in learning a new sport? Now is the time!

Equestrian

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Equestrian

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The Fairfield University Equestrian Team was founded in 1992 and is a member of Zone 1 Region 5 of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, which can be found at ihsainc.org. Club members must register with the IHSA at the beginning of each academic semester.

Fairfield club members currently ride at both Sea Horse Stables in Newtown, CT as well as Fair Hill Farm in Easton, CT.

Individual practices are held at the sites throughout the competition season.

The club's membership is typically between 12-20 riders during any given semester. Rosters are usually formed at the beginning of each fall semester, but club membership opportunities remain open during the academic year.

FUET offers fantastic riding and horse showing opportunities for all skill levels, from beginner to open. Coach Naomi Gauruder works with club members from various riding backgrounds, which can include, but is not limited to; walk - trot riders wanting to canter or competitive jumpers wanting to test their ability on unfamiliar horses. Current club members come from various backgrounds including hunters, jumpers and dressage.

The Fairfield Equestrian Team welcomes inquiries from prospective students and invites FUET alumni to join them during the riding and show seasons.

Field Hockey

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Field Hockey

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Fairfield University is proud to announce that Club Field Hockey has continued operations as a Sport Club within the Department of Recreation.

Fairfield applied and was accepted into the National Field Hockey League (NFHL) with honorary membership status. Moving forward, the Department of Recreation anticipates the club will maintain its membership status for years to come.

Currently, as an honorary member, Fairfield is listed on the National Field Hockey League web site. This allows the club to schedule games with other regional universities throughout the academic year. Typically, the fall semester is considered the field hockey club's season of formal competition. Both full and honorary members of the NFHL are eligible to compete in the league's annual spring tournament.

Club members determine their tryout, practice, and game schedule for both semesters. Home contests are held at University Field, located on campus.

With the undergraduates' continued commitment, Fairfield University and the Department of Recreation are looking forward to further develop the club field hockey program in the coming years.

Golf

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Golf

Fairfield Club Golf plays in two tournaments a semester against other regional schools with the goal to qualify for the National Championship hosted by the NCCGA. The club practices out of Fairchild Wheeler in Fairfield, Ct. The club has qualified for Nationals the past two years competing against the nation’s top teams in both Myrtle Beach, SC as well as Walt Disney World, FL.

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Ice Hockey

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Ice Hockey

Under the supervision of the Fairfield University Department of Recreation, the Men's Ice Hockey Club competes in the Empire Collegiate Hockey Conference and the College Hockey Federation (CHF). Practices are typically held twice a week at the home facility, The Rinks At Shelton, located approximately 15 minutes from Fairfield’s campus in Shelton, CT.

The Stag's season begins in early September and concludes in March, with a short hiatus for the academic intercession. Aside from 16 ECHC league games, several games and or tournaments may be scheduled each season.

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Men's Lacrosse

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Men's Lacrosse

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Fairfield University Men's Club Lacrosse began operations as a Sport Club within the Department of Recreation during the fall 2009 semester.

During that time, the new club officers petitioned the National College Lacrosse League www.NCLLAX.com for membership. Being promptly approved by the league representatives, Fairfield Men's Club Lacrosse is now a proud member of the NCLL. The Stags compete in the New York Metro Division.

Common opponents can be Stevens Institute, Columbia, Hofstra, NYU, Sacred Heart, Stony Brook, UMass, and Rutgers. While the NCLL Metro Division supplies a schedule template, club officers are responsible to establish their actual home and away contests.

The NCLL considers the spring semester to be their "in-season" calendar. Therefore, during February, March, and April, the teams compete for conference standings. Fairfield's Club Lacrosse will also play games, and/or tournaments throughout the fall semesters. These fall semester matches do not count towards NCLL Metro Division standings.

Fairfield University provides the new Rafferty Stadium as the club's home site. Located on campus, Rafferty Stadium opened this past February. The site has an all purpose synthetic surface on which numerous club, intramural, and varsity athletic contests are played throughout the year.

Club members determine their practice schedule for both semesters. Typically, this can mean twice a week practices or intra-squad scrimmages during the academic year.

Women's Lacrosse

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Women's Lacrosse

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‌Fairfield University is proud to announce that Women's Club Lacrosse is in its 8th year of operations as a Sport Club within the Department of Recreation. Through the efforts of several undergraduates, the club conducted organizational meetings during the fall 2009 semester. In the spring of 2010, newly-elected club officers conducted tryouts under the lights on Alumni Field. After several workouts, the club roster was set with 25 plus members.

Fairfield has been a member of the Women's Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) and the East Coast Women's Lacrosse League Association (ECWLA).

The ECWL considers the spring semester to be their "in-season" calendar. Therefore, during February, March, and April, the teams compete for conference standings. Fairfield's Club Lacrosse also plays games, and/or tournaments during the fall academic semesters. These fall smester matches will not count towards any conference affiliation.

Fairfield University currently  provides  the new Rafferty Stadium and University Field on campus for the club's home sites. Rafferty Stadium is home to Fairfield's varsity lacrosse programs as well as numerous Department of Recreation activites thought the year.

Club members determine their practice schedule for both semesters. Practices are typically in the evening hours, under the lights on Fairfield's campus.

With the initiative of our female undergraduates, Fairfield University and the Department of Recreation is committed to further develop the women's club lacrosse program for years to come.

Martial Arts

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Martial Arts

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Fairfield's Martial Arts Club operates under the instruction and guidance of Norwalk Tang Soo Do and its instructors. This club is open to all undergraduates. Students will learn the basics of Korean Tang Soo Do as they advance through the ranks of biannual belt tests.

The Martial Arts Club practices on campus at the Quick Recreation Complex on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Beginners are always welcome. Fairfield also provides a place for experienced martial artists from other styles to hone their skills. Everyone has the opportunity to test if they choose. This is only required of beginners. Experienced members are encouraged to share their knowledge with the class and possibly take on the responsibility of aiding with instruction.

In class, students learn Tang Soo Do forms, terms, self-defense, and sparring techniques, which are a fun and useful alternative to the treadmill! Additional costs may apply if students wish to participate in one or more of the tournaments attended by the Martial Arts Club. Members (especially beginners) are encouraged to compete in or attend these tournaments in order to broaden their knowledge of Martial Arts in general, and to mingle with the Martial Arts community they are joining.

Men's Rugby

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Men's Rugby

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Home of the Red Ruggers - Established 1963

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Our men’s rugby club enjoys an outstanding level of competition and national exposure playing in the DIA Liberty Conference. League opponents include Northeastern, UConn, Fordham, Boston College, URI, Tufts, and UMass.

In its more than 55-year history, Fairfield Rugby has built a powerful legacy of excellence on and off the field. Our players, coaches, administrators, and alumni are a formidable team in support of the program, and each other. 

Fairfield Men’s Rugby Program Features

  • Division I program
  • Professional coaching
  • Comprehensive fitness program with professional trainers
  • Historic Lt. Hans Grauert Memorial Field
  • Rugby scholarships
  • Dynamic rugby special events and extensive University support
  • Active alumni network
  • Corporate sponsorship
  • Service opportunities

History

The men's rugby club at Fairfield University was founded as a club sport in 1963. The home rugby pitch of the Red Ruggers is the Lt. Hans Grauert Memorial Field. Donated by the Grauert family (Chris Grauert ’68, FURFC President), the field is named for Chris’s brother, Lt. Hans Grauert, a Naval Aviator, whose plane was lost at sea during a combat mission in Vietnam. It is the first pitch built expressly for rugby on an American college campus. With its natural amphitheater and beautiful surroundings, Grauert Field is a jewel treasured by Fairfield ruggers and visitors alike.

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Those who wear the Fairfield Rugby colors form a special bond with one another that generally lasts a lifetime. Ruggers push each other to excel in training, persevere in the most intense competitions, celebrate victories, and remain united in adversity – even long after they have graduated.

Perhaps the greatest testimony of the power of Fairfield Rugby is its alumni network. Over 1,500 Fairfield Rugby alumni and friends passionately support the program. This includes our annual Rugby Fest & Homecoming in October, “Ruck and Roll” tailgates at away games, rugby networking nights, and more. Our alumni network extends into every corner of the business and professional community. Rugby alumni make significant annual financial contributions to the University and the men’s and women’s teams.

Friends of Fairfield Rugby

Through our non-profit, Friends of Fairfield Rugby, hundreds of members support the program and players, even with career advisory and placement. For more information, visit www.friendsoffairfieldrugby.org.

Women's Rugby

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Women's Rugby

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Home of the Women Ruggers - Established 1994

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Fairfield Women’s Rugby plays in the Tri-State Rugby Conference, DII. The Stags compete against teams throughout the northeast including Hofstra, Vassar, U of New Haven, Rutgers, Stony Brook, and Monroe.

In 2018, the team reached the Sweet Sixteen Nationals, achieving national ranking. In the fall of 2019, Fairfield Women’s Rugby will mark its 25th anniversary with an on-campus celebration with hundreds of current and former players, friends, family, and rugby alumni.

Fairfield Women’s Rugby Program Features

  • Division II program
  • Professional coaching
  • Comprehensive fitness program with professional trainers
  • Historic Lt. Hans Grauert Memorial Field
  • Rugby scholarships
  • Dynamic Rugby Special Events and extensive University support
  • Active alumni network
  • Corporate sponsorship
  • Service opportunities

History

The Women's Rugby Club at Fairfield University was founded as a club sport in 1994. The home rugby pitch of the Red Ruggers is the Lt. Hans Grauert Memorial Field donated by the Grauert family (Chris Grauert ’68, FURFC President), the field is named for Chris’s brother, Lt. Hans Grauert, a Naval Aviator, whose plane was lost at sea during a combat mission in Vietnam. It is the first pitch built expressly for rugby on an American college campus. With its natural amphitheater and beautiful surroundings, Grauert Field is a jewel treasured by Fairfield ruggers and visitors alike.

Rugby Alumni

A Dynamic Network of Support, on and off the Field

Those who wear the Fairfield Rugby colors form a special bond with one another that generally lasts a lifetime. Ruggers push each other to excel in training, persevere in the most intense competitions, celebrate victories, and remain united in adversity – even long after they have graduated.

Perhaps the greatest testimony of the power of Fairfield Rugby is its alumni network. Over 1,500 Fairfield rugby alumni and friends passionately support the program. This includes our annual Rugby Fest & Homecoming in October, “Ruck and Roll” tailgates at away games, Rugby networking nights, and more. Our alumni network extends into every corner of the business and professional community. Rugby alumni make significant annual financial contributions to the University and the men’s and women’s teams.

The Women's program is celebrating their 25th anniversary this fall with many exciting events for current players and families, alumni, and all of the Fairfield University community.

Friends of Fairfield Rugby

Through our non-profit, Friends of Fairfield Rugby, hundreds of members support the program and players, including with career advisory and placement. Visit www.friendsoffairfieldrugby.org.

Running

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Running

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The Running Club at Fairfield University is open to all students. Currently, the club is in its 5th year of operations within the Department of Recreation. With the initiative of several students over the past several years, the club roster has continued to grow.

Club members practice several times a week and plan their participation in local area road races throughout the Connecticut region. Typically, these races include 5K and 10K courses.

The Department of Recreation is excited about the enthusiasm and continued commitment of our running club members. All undergraduates are welcome to become members.

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Sailing

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Sailing

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The Sailing Club is a competitive sailing team captaining a fleet of six Vanguard Flying Juniors.

In the spring of 2009, several Fairfield undergraduate students organized sailing informational meetings on campus. As a direct result of their initiative, the Department of Recreation re-activated the club.

This group of students utilized the fall '09 semester through the spring 2012 semester to organize, clean the F-Js, and volunteer their time at the docks for miscellaneous upkeep.

Several major developments helped upgrade the Sailing Club Program at Fairfield.

The Department of Recreation reached an agreement with The Captain's Cove Marina, located in Bridgeport, CT. The marina is family-owned by the Williams family, whose son Bruce is a Fairfield alum. With floating dock space to anchor the six FJ's, Cove handymen constructed a dock house to store the club's necessities on the water.

The first-ever purchase of a 16' Key West safety/chase boat has enabled the club to sail on a regular basis, both weekday afternoons and most Saturday mornings throughout the fall semester.

Fairfield Sailing is fortunate to be working with several top-notch instructors/coaches from the region. Instruction is available on both a novice and experienced level. As a result, Fairfield has established their first full fall season regatta schedule.

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Ski-Snowboard

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Ski-Snowboard

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This club has a coed membership for both alpine skiiers and snowboarders as well as freestyle skiier and snowboaders. Club participants compete in 5-6 weekends of competition on New York and Pennsylvania state area mountain resorts through January and February. The Ski and Snowboard Club is a member of the Atlantic Highlands Conference of the USCSA, the national governing body.

In the past, both the men and women alpine skiers and snowboarders have qualified for regional competition, with an opportunity to qualify for the national event.

Typically, each season's roster can exceed 20 members. While skill levels may vary, most club members have skiied or snowboarded competively prior to their enrollment as undergraduates.

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Men's Soccer

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Men's Soccer

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Men's Club Soccer has concluded another competitive and successful academic year as part of the Department of Recreation at Fairfield. Within just a few short years, the club has demonstrated effective self management and, as a result, continues to thrive.

The Stags completed their fourth season in the New England Collegiate Club Soccer League. The NECCSL includes (up to) 16 men's soccer clubs in two divisions from universities throughout the region.

Fairfield is in the NECCSL South Division. Currently, South Division members include clubs from Western New England University, WPI, The University of Connecticut, Trinity College, Wesleyan University, and Yale University.

The fall schedule can also include the prestigious NIRSA Region One Tournament staged in the Philadelphia area. This is a two-day soccer event with clubs from the entire northeast and middle Atlantic regions in attendance.

The club does remain active during each spring semester. Their elected officers plan to schedule home and away contests with area schools to maintain an active membership. However, these games are played independently of any league format or schedule.

With strong student leadership in place, the future looks bright for Men's Club Soccer at Fairfield, as yet another tradition continues.

Women's Soccer

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Women's Soccer

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During the 2007-08 academic year, Women's Club Soccer joined the ranks of the Department of Recreation Sport Clubs. The club again competed this past academic year with both a fall and spring schedule.

Currently, the club is a member of The Women's Region One Collegiate Club Soccer League (WROCCSL). Matches are played across New England and the New York Metropolitan tri-state region. Sacred Heart, Northeastern, Connecticut, UMass, Rutgers, and Connecticut College are just a few of the clubs available for scheduling.

While some travel occurs during both semesters, the Department of Recreation has also hosted matches on Fairfield University's Rafferty Field. These matches are typically played on weekend days or under the lights for a great evening venue.

Women's club soccer has seen continued growth on the Fairfield campus, with their roster fast approaching 30 members.

It is indeed an exciting time to be a part of Women's Club Soccer at Fairfield University.

Tennis

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Tennis

The Tennis Club (co-ed) at Fairfield just completed its sixth season of fall semester practice and competition. Several undergraduate students began the initiative for club tennis during the 2009-10 academic year.

Fairfield welcomes clubs to compete on campus utilizing the outdoor Walsh Athletic Center courts. As a result of their efforts, the tennis club hosted tournaments during the fall. The team will also travel regionally to compete throughout New England and the New York tri-state area.

Fairfield Club Tennis has joined United States Tennis Association (USTA) New England, the national governing body. This will afford the club an opportunity to participate in well organized regional and nationally sponsored tournaments in the years ahead.

More USTA information is available at www.newengland.usta.com.

The club expects to compete during both the fall and spring, participating in as many as four to six tournaments throughout each semester. Tournaments include male, female, and co-ed doubles matches. Typically, each event will involve competitors from several colleges and universities.

Fairfield University is proud to recognize the Men's and Women's Tennis Club.

Men's Volleyball

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Men's Volleyball

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Fairfield University's Men's Club Volleyball Team placed 41st in the nation in Colorado this past Spring semester, by winning the Penny Bowl Championship versus Rice University. 

During the fall semester, the club has entered several regional invitational tournaments.  

The Fairfield University Men's Club Volleyball is about to enter the second half of the 2019-2020 season. ‌

The team will be competing at Bryant, University of Rhode Island, and University of New Hampshire this semester as well as attending nationals in April located at Kansas City.

With strong leadership in place, and an energized group of underclassmen, Fairfield Club Volleyball looks forward to another successful season of competition in 2019 - 2020.

Women's Volleyball

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Women's Volleyball

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The Fairfield Women's Club Volleyball team has been an integral component of the Department of Recreation for the past several years. Membership has ranged from 14 to 20 persons, with elected officers serving the club during the academic year. The club competes in both the spring and fall semesters, entering tournaments across New England and as far south as the University of Delaware.

The team is a proud member of the Northeast Women's Volleyball Club League (NWVCL) Opposing clubs include universities such as Cornell, UConn, Boston University, and Northeastern. On weekends, regional tournaments provide an excellent opportunity for clubs to play competitive volleyball in a fun, safe, and organized environment.

Wrestling

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Wrestling

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The Club Wrestling Team is a brand new and promising addition to the wide variety of club sports already present at Fairfield. It’s in its first year currently and will be competing in the NCWA. We are a club that promotes, both, mental and physical strength, endurance, and discipline. We welcome wrestlers of all skill levels. If you have the drive to wrestle, we can make you a wrestler.

It looks to wrestle a competitive season that straddles winter break. It plans to dual local teams such as Sacred Heart and UCONN and compete in the nationwide tournaments put on by the NCWA. We will be practicing on the mat twice a week and, in addition, weight training and conditioning one or more times a week.

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