The University of Hartford’s intercollegiate athletics program operates under the umbrella of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Competing at the Division I level, the University offers varsity competition in 18 sports, nine for men (M) and nine for women (W). The 18 sports are baseball (M), basketball (M&W), cross-country (M&W), golf (M&W), lacrosse (M), soccer (M&W), softball (W), tennis (M&W), outdoor track (M&W), indoor track (M&W), and volleyball (W).
The University is a member of America East. The membership includes nine institutions: Hartford, Boston University, the University of Maine, the University of New Hampshire, Binghamton University, University at Albany, Stony Brook University, the University of Vermont, and the University of Maryland–Baltimore County.
America East offers championship competition in 21 sports. The conference enjoys automatic qualifier status for NCAA postseason play in the sports of men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball, softball, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, men’s lacrosse, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, and volleyball.
The University is also a member of the America Sky Men’s Golf Conference.
The University attracts more than 300 student-athletes from 20 states and 12 foreign countries, who are supported by a wide range of services. Included are highly successful programs in the areas of academics and sports medicine and wellness.
The sports medicine staff provides a comprehensive list of services, including injury care and rehabilitation, strength and conditioning, drug and alcohol education, and general personal health advisement.
The intramural program offers a variety of sports-related activities to students, faculty, and staff, designed to meet the recreational needs of the participants. The intramural objective is to provide a well-rounded program based on participation and enjoyment, rather than athletic skill or achievement. About 2,000 individuals participate annually. The activities offered through the intramural program for men and women, depending on interest level, are flag football, basketball, three-on-three basketball, softball, team handball, indoor soccer, outdoor soccer, volleyball, tennis, racquetball, ultimate Frisbee, badminton, squash, swimming, dodge ball, and wallyball.
Recreational activity in the Sports Center is geared toward the students’ enjoyment in a free-play setting. It serves as a change of pace from a student’s daily academic routine. All full-time students may use the Sports Center.
The Sports Center features a 3,508-seat main arena; an NCAA competition-size swimming pool; courts for volleyball, badminton, squash, and racquetball; and two fitness and weight rooms (a free-weight room and a 2,800-square-foot area with Eagle Cybex equipment). Six lighted tennis courts and an outdoor swimming pool are located behind the Sports Center, adjacent to the soccer fields. The Sports Center also offers such amenities as a pro shop, meeting rooms, concession areas, locker rooms with saunas, classrooms for sports and leisure classes, athletics staff offices, and the Phoenix Foundation Academic Center, located in the lobby of the Sports Center.