Sports/Outdoors

Outing Club (outingclub.vsa@vassar.edu)

Vassar Outing Club (VOC) is one of the largest orgs at Vassar, with nearly half the student body on our email list. VOC goes on hiking, biking, paddling, and climbing trips all across the scenic Hudson Valley every single weekend. We also go on overnight trips over weekends and breaks all across the US! VOC has a gear-lending program, where we lend tents, backpacks, sleeping bags, clothes/boots, and more to trip participants and other members of the Vassar community. Come one, come all, and get outside with VOC!

Archery (archery.vsa@vassar.edu)

Archery club practices are open to all students, no experience or equipment necessary. We shoot targets on the field behind Kenyon, and sometimes we play archery games! Email archery.vsa@vassar.edu with any questions.

Climbing Team (climbing.vsa@vassar.edu)

VC Climbing is Vassar’s rock climbing org. We take group trips to the local climbing gyms (BC’s and Gravity Vault) as well as outdoor climbing trips to the Gunks and we subsidize these trips with funding from the VSA. We strive to be inclusive of all abilities and identities.

Iced Brew (icedbrew.vsa@vassar.edu)

Provide Vassar students with alternative, late-night programming in a safe, substance-free environment and to teach students how to skate. We aim to increase the accessibility of ice skating by renting ice time, covering skating admission costs, providing transportation, and offering professional coaching.

Quidditch (quidditch.vsa@vassar.edu)

Quidditch is a sport from the Harry Potter books that has been adapted so that non-wizards may play. Not only do we play among ourselves, but we also attend tournaments and play against other schools. Aside from Quidditch, we organize a number of social events, including our legendary Yule Ball, weekly Harry Potter readings, trivia tournaments, board game nights and more. Our goal is to have fun and play well!

Sailing Team (sailing.vsa@vassar.edu)

Group devoted to sailing and having fun.

Ultimate Frisbee (ultimate.vsa@vassar.edu, vassarultimate@gmail.com)

Vassar Ultimate Frisbee is a group that includes three teams: an open team, a mixed team, and a women’s team. All teams practice (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays) and play at tournaments around the Northeast (and one in South Carolina!).
Most people who play on the team now never played before, all levels of playing are welcome! Playing Ultimate is a great way to get outside, get some exercise, and have fun with a supportive community! Please come to practices at the beginning of the school year to get more information, email us at vassarultimate@gmail.com, and look out for our FB event page!

Vassar College Equestrian Team (equestrian.vsa@vassar.edu)

Our goal is to create a fun and inclusive community of students who share a love of horses. Our coach, Michelle Clopp, offers hunt-seat lessons to students of every experience level – if you’ve been showing all your life, or if you’ve never even seen a horse before! Our growing show team competes in the IHSA, both jumping and on the flat. We also have plenty of opportunities to spend time with horses without riding.

Vassar Ski Team (ski.vsa@vassar.edu)

Ski Team organizes competitive ski racing for the students of Vassar College. It is our fervent belief that ski racing, due to its prodigious cost, is chiefly a pastime of the elite. These elites perpetuate the capitalist superstructures that preserve our low socioeconomic status. To combat the unyielding class homogeneity inherent in ski culture, we, the proletariat, secure funds and disperse them freely to help the common, working-class Vassar students (as well as their capitalist overlord fellow students) to participate in and to subvert a principle bastion of neocolonial patriarchy – ski racing. As a competitive club we are members of the United States Collegiate Skiing & Snowboarding Association (USCSA) and race in the McBrine Division. The team is competitive, although no race experience is necessary to join.

Vassar Bikes (bikes.vsa@vassar.edu)

The Vassar Bike Shop employs four students through work study. Under the Office of Sustainability, we offer free mechanical help to the greater Vassar community including students, Vassar employees, and the surrounding Poughkeepsie community. Members of vc bikes are welcome to volunteer at the bike shop and develop mechanic skills as well as lead and participate in group bike rides. The bike shop is committed to making an eco-friendly, bike-friendly campus through free bike, and helmet distribution to increase accessibility, and free U-lock distribution and bike lock education to decrease theft, ease security policing, and heal ties with the Poughkeepsie community. We strive to make the bike shop an open and inclusive space to all on the Vassar Campus by hosting workshops for folks traditionally underrepresented and excluded in the bike community.