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Athletics and Recreational Opportunities

Lehigh Athletics

Athletic activities play a significant part in the life of male and female students at Lehigh.

From the creation of the Welch Fitness Center to the continued development of the Murray H. Goodman Campus, just south of the main campus, Lehigh's vast facilities have helped enhance all the programs offered.

The Goodman complex features one of the nation's premier athletic stadiums of its size.  The 16,000-seat Goodman Stadium serves as the home of Lehigh football games as well as other athletic contests--including the 1992, 1996 and 1997 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championships and numerous Olympic and World Cup soccer qualifying matches.

The complex is also highlighted by Stabler Arena.  Built in 1979, this facility seats nearly 6,000 people to facilitate mainly basketball and wrestling contests, in addition to other special concerts and shows.  The newest venue is the Ulrich Sports Complex, which was just enhanced in the summer of 2009.  This 2400 seat facility features an Astroturf field, a synthetic turf field, and a natural grass field for use by Lehigh soccer, field hockey and lacrosse teams.

Adjacent to Stabler Arena is the Philip Rauch Field House.  Completed in 1975, Rauch Field House comprises 62,000 square feet of clear floor area for indoor athletics.  The field house also includes an indoor track.  Across from the field house is the Cundey Varsity House which houses Lehigh's equipment operation in addition to locker rooms, a weight room, and training rooms.  These buildings help make the complex one of the finest in the east. 

The Lewis Tennis Center is located on the Goodman Campus.  Membership prices for Lehigh I.D. cardholders (faculty/staff/students) are available by calling the Athletic Ticket Office at (610) 758-4305.

The 600-acre area also provides football fields, soccer fields, an artificial surface playing field, baseball and softball diamonds, outdoor tennis courts, an all-weather eight-lane track, and a cross-country course on which Lehigh hosted the NCAA Division I National Championships in 1979, 1983 and 1993.

On the main campus, Taylor Gym offers the state of the art Welch Fitness Center , which includes racquetball and squash courts, two basketball and volleyball courts, two swimming pools, and athletic department and coaches' offices.  The Roger S. Penske Lehigh Athletics Hall of Fame and Galleries is also located in Taylor Gym.

Newly renovated Grace Hall, one of the most famous buildings in collegiate wrestling in the country,  contains Leeman-Turner Arena, site of some intramurals and sports clubs, and varsity competition in volleyball and, of course, wrestling.

Sayre Field, on top of South Mountain , also is part of Lehigh's recreational space and features softball, football, and soccer fields.  The University golf team practices at the Mulvihill Golf Learning Center and plays home matches on the nearby Saucon Valley Country Club course, one of the nation's most beautiful golf complexes.

Additional information is available for each of our athletics facilities at https://www.lehighsports.com/info/facilities/  

 

Intercollegiate Opportunities

Any student may try out for any varsity team, with the sport's coach determining the candidate's ability and potential.  Those unable to qualify for a varsity squad may take advantage of opportunities in the club, intramural or recreational sports programs.

 

Varsity-level intercollegiate sports on the Division I level (Division I-AA football) include:

 

FALL:  cross country (men's and women's), field hockey (w), football (m), soccer (m and w), tennis (m and w), and volleyball (w);

 

WINTER:  basketball (m and w), swimming (m and w), indoor track and field (m and w), and wrestling (m);

 

SPRING:  baseball (m), golf (m and w), lacrosse (m and w), softball (w), tennis (m and w), rowing (w) and outdoor track (m and w).

 

Lehigh and neighboring Lafayette College are the principals in the nation's most-played collegiate football rivalry.  In 2009, the schools will meet for the 145th time since 1884.  Lehigh participates in the Patriot League in all programs excluding wrestling.  The Patriot League includes Lehigh, Lafayette, American, Army, Navy, Bucknell, Colgate, and Holy Cross.  Lehigh wrestling, a perennial Division I power, participates in the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA).

 

Spectator Opportunities

ID Cards.  A Lehigh ID card entitles the student to free admission to all home intercollegiate athletic contests except tournaments, championships, and the Lehigh-Lafayette football game.  Your ID card is for your personal use only and is not transferable   For the Lehigh-Lafayette game, students must purchase a ticket while supplies last during the first week in September.  Visit Lehighsports.com/info/tickets for more information on sport-specific admission and seating information.

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Athletic Information Telephone System

Lehigh University Athletics has established an automated voice mail system to assist callers in contacting coaches, administrators, or simply obtaining general information.  To access the system, please call the athletics office main telephone number at (610) 758-4300.

For more specific information, please refer to special announcement system telephone numbers (all 610 area code) listed as follows:  (a) game results, scheduled upcoming events, call 7LU-LULU; (b) ticket and summer camp information, call 7LU-GAME; (c) intramurals and club sports, call 758-4310; and for hours of operation or directions, call 758-4300.

 

Campus Athletics

All Campus Athletics programs are open to all members of the University community.  Specifics for all activities are detailed on www.lehighsports.com as follows:

 

    Club Sports - https://www.lehighsports.com/sports/intramurals/club_sports.asp

    Intramurals Sports - https://www.lehighsports.com/sports/intramurals/club_sports.asp

     

The Campus Athletics participant is encouraged to consider his/her personal health and physical condition prior to participation.  Such participation involves physical exertion, fundamental skills for that sport or activity and may involve physical contact.  The participant, being aware of any conditions predisposing his/her to injury or illness and in consideration of the inherent physical exertion and possible contact involved in Intramural or Club Sport participation, may wish to seek the advice of a physician prior to participation.  THE INTRAMURAL AND CLUB SPORT DEPARTMENT IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR INJURY INCURRED IN INTRAMURAL AND CLUB SPORTS.  PARTICIPANTS ARE RESPONSIBLE TO SUPPLY APPROPRIATE INSURANCE COVERAGE.

 

Club Sports

Club Sports are formed by groups of individuals who share a common interest in recreation and sport.  Open to all interested students, faculty and staff of Lehigh University , the Club Sport program offers 30 student-run organizations at various stages of development.  These clubs range from the very competitive club sports that travel and play intercollegiate schedules to the recreational and instructional programs that conduct activities such as basic skill instruction and intraclub tournaments.  Each club depends on student involvement with recruitment, organization, administration and implementation of specific club policies and procedures.  All clubs enhance and promote the element of sportsmanship, physical well being derived from physical activity and the socialization aspect of their sport.

 

Membership.   Individual Club Sports establish their own membership requirements, dues and programs.  The success and strength of the club is based upon the initiative set forth by the elected student leaders and the total involvement of club members.  A club offers students opportunities to become directly involved with the administration and supervision of their organization.

 

If you would like to know more about the clubs sports programs currently in place, please refer to https://www.lehighsports.com/sports/intramurals/club_sports.asp or call our Club Sports Director at (610) 758-3132.

 

Intramurals.  The University intramural program offers between 11 and 15 activities in four separate divisions--upperclass, Greek and Upperclass Dependant, freshmen men, and women.  Two of the most popular events are the Turkey Trot, a 2.6-mile race through campus and basketball.  However, league competitions are held in flag football, soccer, volleyball, dodgeball, 3-on-3 basketball, softball, and indoor soccer.  There are also single elimination tournaments held in various sports.  Awards are provided to the winning teams and/or individuals.

 

Recreation.   The Taylor Gym and Welch Fitness Center provide opportunities for open recreation and leisure activities and formalized programs such as aerobics, instructional programs, competitive league opportunities and numerous physical fitness programs that are conducted in the Welch Fitness Center .  The Welch Fitness Center and Racquet Sports Complex, located in Taylor Gymnasium, is a multi-dimensional facility intended for use by students, faculty, and staff. The center provides the University community the opportunity to improve their health and physical fitness through the use of the center's "state of the art" equipment and programs. The 10,000 square foot, 3 tiered complex offers an expansive amount of cardiovascular and weight training equipment, racquet ball and squash courts and the Lane Challenge Climbing Wall.

The Fitness Center provides individuals the opportunity to learn more about fitness by providing facility orientations and self directed conditioning programs. Other opportunities include individualized computer strength programs, body composition assessments, personal training and health promotion education.  The Welch Fitness Center coordinates the campus group fitness programs, competitive and non-competitive recreational opportunities, instructional programs and recreation equipment rentals.  For more information about the Welch Fitness Center and programs offered, visit our web site at http://www.lehighsports.com/info/recreation/ or call (610) 758-4431.

 

Specifics for all activities including program offerings, how to get involved and dates of participation are detailed on https://www.lehighsports.com/info/recreation/.

 

Facilities.  Students are welcome to use all athletic facilities.  Hours of operation and swimming pool hours are published in all facilities and can also be obtained by calling 758-4300.  Students, faculty and staff must present a currently valid Lehigh University ID card at the lobby desk to gain admission to Taylor Gym and the Rauch Field House.  All perimeter doors are equipped with alarm systems and are considered emergency exits only.

 

Lockers.  Taylor Gymnasium lockers are available by request at the main desk in the Welch Fitness Center .  Lockers are issued for nine months for undergraduates and for twelve months for graduate students, faculty and staff.  Lockers are issued on a first come, first serve basis and require a one-day turn around for assignment.  All lockers must be vacated by the date indicated on the locker request form.  The Department of Athletics is not responsible for lost or stolen articles.

 

Sports Participation

Prior to participation in an intercollegiate sport, a student-athlete must receive appropriate clearance from both the Health Center and Sports Medicine.

 

All rostered freshmen and transfer, athletes are required to have the following: a pre-entrance physical form signed by a family physician on file at the Health Center; a pre-participation questionnaire (PPQ) completed, reviewed and on file in the Sports Medicine Office; a history and physical examination conducted by the Health Center physicians; and an orthopedic screening performed by Sports Medicine prior to the first practice for all freshman and transfer athletes. 

 

Upperclass athletes must have an updated pre-participation questionnaire completed, reviewed and on file in the Sports Medicine Office and a physical screening conducted by the Health Center physicians every other year or as deemed necessary, prior to participation.  For those upperclass athletes returning from a previous injury, surgery or rehabilitation program, an orthopedic screening and functional testing will be performed prior to the first practice.  Final clearance of all athletes is at the discretion of the Lehigh University team physician.

 

All student athletes must be covered by a primary insurance policy. Those athletes who do not have coverage through their parent’s insurance policy must enroll in a personal health insurance plan, such as the Lehigh University Student Injury and Sickness Insurance Plan.  The first $2,000 of any eligible claim is the responsibility of the student athlete or his/her parents.  The Lehigh Athletics Department does not directly pay for any insurance claims. 

 

All walk-on athletes are required to have the following prior to trying out: a pre-entrance physical form signed by a family physician on file at the Health Center ; a completed walk-on packet, including proof of insurance and a signed walk-on clearance card. Those walk-on athletes who are selected to join a respective team must then meet all of the above requirements for rostered freshmen athletes, including an orthopedic screening performed by the Sports Medicine staff prior to the first scheduled contest.

Physical examinations and medical clearances are not required for participation in intramural sports.  Students involved in these programs are responsible for making judgments regarding contradictions to participation due to medical reasons.  Should there be any doubts or questions regarding fitness for any of the sports involved in these programs, consultation with the Health Center is advised.

The Student Injury and Sickness Insurance Plan, which is available to all students through the University, is applicable to the intramural and club sports programs.  However, the University does not provide the NCAA lifetime catastrophic injury insurance for intercollegiate clubs, with the exception of Cheerleading.

 

The University provides no additional insurance for participants in the intramural sports program.  Individuals are responsible for their own insurance coverage.

 

Welch Fitness Center

The Welch Fitness Center and Racquet Sports Complex, located in Taylor Gymnasium, is a multi-dimensional facility intended for use by students, faculty, and staff. The center provides the university community the opportunity to improve their health and physical fitness through the use of the center's "state of the art" equipment and programs. The 10,000 square foot 3 tiered complex offers an expansive amount of cardiovascular and weight training equipment, racquet ball and squash courts and the Lane Challenge Climbing Wall

The Fitness Center provides individuals the opportunity to learn more about fitness by providing facility orientations and self directed conditioning programs. Other opportunities include individualized computer strength programs, body composition assessments, personal training and health promotion education.

The Welch Fitness Center coordinates various group fitness programs each semester. These programs provide experiences in Pilates, kickboxing, yoga, spinning, and more.  Group exercise and instructional programs are fee based and pre-registration is required for participation. 

 

For more information about the Taylor Gymnasium facility and the Welch Fitness Center services and programs please visit our web site at http://www.lehighsports.com/info/recreation/ or call (610) 758-4432.

 

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