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Sports and Recreation

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"Football isn't your life goal. It's a way of breeding the right characteristics and discipline to succeed in life. I couldn't be more grateful for that experience and those lessons you pick up at a smaller school like this." 
-Duncan Hussey '13

Even with rigorous academics, Pomona students find time to play, compete and stay fit.

About 20% of our students play on varsity teams, with hundreds more participating in intramural and club sports. Our coaches are faculty members, our facilities are among the best, and our weather is ideal for year-round outdoor play.

Varsity Athletics

The College’s athletic program dates back more than a century with a rich history that includes the oldest football rivalry in Southern California.

Pomona combines forces with Pitzer College to field 21 varsity teams – The Sagehens – that compete in Division III NCAA athletics and as members of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC). There are 10 men's and 11 women's teams.

  • Baseball (men)
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football (men)
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse (women)
  • Soccer
  • Softball (women)
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball (women)
  • Water Polo

Club Sports and Intramurals

While the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens often play their cross-campus rivals, Claremont McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps (CMS), because of our unique relationship to the other Claremont Colleges, the same players who go head-to-head during soccer season might play side-by-side on a 5C club team, like former DIII national Ultimate Frisbee champions, the Braineaters.

5C sports include:

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Lacrosse (men)
  • Racquetball
  • Roller Hockey (men)
  • Rugby
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

About 800 students participate each semester in intramural sports, which include inner tube water polo, beach and indoor volleyball, tennis, soccer, squash, pool/billiards, chess, dodgeball, flag football, basketball, softball, racquetball, foosball and table tennis.

Physical Education Classes

Pomona students may also seek their fitness through Physical Education classes each semester, from aerobics, Pilates, and core training to sports like tennis, volleyball and golf to all manners of dance to yoga, fencing, Tai Chi and Karate. Students also opt for individual workouts, lifting weights or doing cardio in our state-of-the-art athletic facilities.


The centerpiece of our athletic complex is the Liliore Green Rains Center. It houses two gymnasiums with five regulation basketball courts; racquetball, squash, and handball courts; a weight-training facility with Cybex equipment, elliptical, stair, and bicycle machines, treadmills and free weights. We have 14 all-weather tennis courts; fields for football, baseball, soccer, softball and lacrosse; and an all-weather 400-meter track. The Haldeman Pool center houses a 50-meter Olympic-size pool with one- and three-meter diving boards, and its own locker and training rooms. These facilities are open to all Pomona students, regardless of their participation in organized athletics.

Outdoor Adventures

Pomona College's SoCal location is perfectly situated for outdoors adventures, from skiing in the mountains to rock climbing in the desert to surfing at the beach. The Outdoor Education Center offers hands-on opportunities for all students in sustainable outdoor recreation and education. The OEC offers support for academic field trips, the Orientation Adventure program for incoming students (which includes hiking, kayaking and other outdoor trips), outdoor leader certification, wilderness and climbing workshops, and for-credit physical education classes like Beginning Rock Climbing, Wilderness Survival and Beginning Backpacking.

On the Loose, the 5C outdoors club, is one of the most popular clubs on campus. OTL organizes several trips each semester to California spots like Mammoth Lakes, Yosemite, Big Sur and Joshua Tree where students hike, kayak, camp, surf, ski, backpack and rock-climb. The club also provides leadership opportunities for students who want to get more involved.