Bridgewater College has long offered intramural sports, with on-campus sports teams established before intercollegiate athletics in the early days of the College's history. Women's and men's basketball contests, for example, were sometimes played by teams based on class years.
The Bridgewater Department of Physical Education first offered an intramural sports program in the early 1930s. The intramurals program expanded and grew increasingly popular with the BC student body through the 1930s to 1942. College historian Dr. Francis F. Wayland wrote that most Bridgewater College students participated in intramurals during those years. Women and men students, and sometimes faculty, joined in the contests. Both male and female students played intramural basketball. Women also played intramural field hockey and archery. Other early intramural sports were badminton, baseball, softball, tennis, and track.
During the late 1940s through the 1960s, over eighty percent of BC students participated in the intramurals program. The College offered men's intramural badminton, basketball, bowling, chess, handball, horseshoes, ping pong, softball, tennis, touch football track and volleyball. Women competed in intramural archery, basketball, croquet, dodgeball, horseshoes, ping pong, softball and volleyball.
About sixty percent of the Bridgewater College student body participated in intramural sports as of 1980. During this time, the campus athletics contests were sometimes organized between residence halls.
Bridgewater College currently offers intramurals throughout the year. The various programs, including basketball, bowling, flag football, kickball, and volleyball (among others) allow for fitness, fun, and camaraderie
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