Sports and Recreation

Club Sports

Club Sports

Interested in an activity that isn’t a varsity-level sport? Oberlin currently has 22 student-run clubs that are open to both newcomers and seasoned competitors. Some clubs are more instructional while others are quite competitive. Participants may learn as well as teach the sport or activity to others. Fun is generally part of the game, but not at the expense of good competition. Many clubs have outside coaches or instructors who assist with training, instruction, and scheduling seminars, competitions, or other events.

The Club Sports Council is a group dedicated to improving club sports at Oberlin and ensuring that participants are aware of their rights and responsibilities as Oberlin College Club Sports student-athletes. The council consists of representatives from each club sport, the director of recreation and club sports, and interested advisors.

Clubs for Men's VolleyballWater Polo and Wrestling are available. If you'd like to know more about these teams, contact the Club Sports director at 440-775-8504 or send e-mail to Learn more about Club Sports so you can keep that competitive spirit alive.

Aikido Club

One of the most beautiful forms of budo is aikido, a Japanese martial arts form based on a philosophy of nonresistance and harmony. Oberlin's Aikikai Club follows a nonviolent style of training that focuses on suppleness, dynamics, flexibility, and inner strength. The club sponsors an Experimental College class and three seminars each year to enable newcomers and members to train and improve their skills.



The Oberli College Archery Team offers the opportunity for both experts and amateurs alike to try their hand at this sacred art. The team provides bows, arrows, targets, and all necessary safety equipment. However, those who already own equipment are welcome to use and store their own bows with us as well. The team practices several times a weeks and anyone is welcome to participate after undergoing the mandatory safety training session.

Badminton Club

Badminton is considered the fastest racquet sport in the world. It is a game that requires agility, stamina, and strength. Because it is easy to learn but difficult to master, Oberlin’s Badminton Club welcomes both newcomers and experienced players alike to meet weekly for both singles and doubles play. Come to practice, perform drills, or just have an incredibly fun time playing this burgeoning Olympic sport.

Bowling Team

The Oberlin College Intercollegiate Bowling team is a great way for interested students to bowl in a competitive setting. The team meets once a week for practice, skill development drills, and team strategies. Bowlers travel to three or four tournaments every semester as part of the American Heartland Intercollegiate Bowling Conference.

Brazilian Jiujitsu and Grappling Club

Brazilian jiujitsu is a martial art and combat sport that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. It promotes the principle that a smaller, weaker person may successfully handle a stronger opponent using leverage, body strength, and proper technique. Sparring and live drilling play a large role in the training. Take an Experimental College class to learn more.

Coed Soccer: The Albino Squirrels

The Oberlin College Albino Squirrels offer a competitive, fun environment to pursue your fútbol passion. During the fall and spring we practice four times a week and on weekends we compete in a league with other collegiate club teams. In the frosty offseason we find plenty of ways to get our soccer fix, whether it's indoor (turf) field practices, futsal, playing FIFA, or watching the pros! We welcome players of all skill levels to join us.

Cycling Club

The Oberlin College Cycling Club provides the opportunity for cyclists of all levels to meet their personal cycling goals. The team contains both beginners and experienced racers. We race competitively in the Midwest Collegiate Cycling Conference and in other local races. We primarily race in road events, and also compete in mountain biking and cyclocross. In the spring and fall, we lead multiple group rides each week.


Dressage Team

The Oberlin College Dressage Team focuses on developing a horse's balance, flexibility, and strength. The club provides lessons and team-building activities in dressage and competes in the Intercollegiate Dressage Association. The club trains and works closely with the Oberlin College Equestrian Team.

Equestrian Team

The Oberlin College Equestrian Team welcomes riders of all abilities. The club offers weekly lessons and prepares members to ride and compete in both Hunt Seat and Western disciplines. Members also work closely with the Oberlin Dressage Team and have the option of participating in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association.

Fencing Club: The Flaming Blades

The Oberlin College Fencing Club is Oberlin's oldest chartered club sport. Members practice weekly to hone skills in sabre, foil, and épée. Fencers may compete in NCAA and United States Fencing Association tournaments, in addition to Oberlin meets. The club has an armory, and will provide outfits and equipment as needed. Interested? Take the Experimental College fencing class to learn more.

Ice Hockey: The Plague

Oberlin's coed ice hockey program invites hockey players of all skill levels and experience to play in both relaxed and competitive situations. The OC Plague provides ice time, equipment, and instruction. The club competes against teams throughout Ohio and local men's leagues. Practices and open hockey are available about two times a week. The Plague offers an Experimental College class for beginners who want to learn the basics of ice-skating and hockey.


Shorinjiryu is a Karate of Japanese origins founded by Kori Hisataka. It is a broad system with elements based on a strong influence from Okinawan Karate, as well as Aikijujutsu, Judo, and various Okinawan, and Japanese weapons arts. Oberlin Karate Kai competes annually on International Tournament (Shorinjiryu Shiai) in New York City. No previous martial experience is necessary to join the club, all are welcome.

Men's Rugby: The Gruff

The Oberlin College Men's Rugby team has established a friendly and open atmosphere. Players of all levels of experience and athletic ability are welcome to join. The club practices with an emphasis on a complete understanding of the game, safety in all drills and matches, and camaraderie with each other and with members of other clubs. We compete in the Great Lakes Division (Ohio and Michigan) of the National Small Colleges Rugby Organization

women's rugby

Women's and Trans Rugby Club: The Rhinos

The Oberlin College Women's and Trans Rugby Football Club (OCWTRFC) is a fast-paced, full contact sport. Weekly training helps members develop skills, camaraderie, love, power, strength, and determination. The club competes oin friendly matchups as part of the Ohio Rugby Union and often offers an Experimental College class to introduce interested athletes to the sport.


"Muggle" quidditch is an all-gender, full-contact sport that combines elements of rugby, dodgeball, and tag, while astride a broomstick. Oberlin's team, the Obliviators, practices three to four times a week in North Fields or Williams Field House during winter months. Individuals of all physical and athletic abilities are welcome. Traveling through the Great Lakes and Midwest regions, the Obliviators are an officially chartered USQ team and play by the most recent rulebook in games and tournaments.

Table Tennis

In the Oberlin College Table Tennis Club, we work on learning basic techniques and proper form to excel in the game of table tennis. We compete in both National Collegiate Tennis Tournament Association iand USA Table Tennis tournaments, including ones hosted by Oberlin College. The club welcomes players of all levels. We meet twice a week. Come check us out by the first squash court in Philips Physical Education Center.


The Oberlin College Tennis Club, OSHOTS,  aims to allow all tennis players, veteran and amateur, to enjoy playing with others in a fun, yet competitive environment. We meet two to three times a week at the indoor tennis courts. Weather is never a concern. We have a competitive side for those interested in playing against the clubs of other nearby colleges. 


Tumbling Club

Founded in fall 2005, the Tumbling Club includes members of varied backgrounds in acrobatics, gymnastics, tricking (a combination of acrobatics, martial arts, and capoeira), and several circus arts. Multiple members of the club participate in OCircus!, Oberlin College's official circus group. Interested students can learn different techniques in our Experimental College courses. Tumbling Club hosts various performers and coaches, and provides multiple workshops and performances throughout the year.

Men's Ultimate Frisbee: The Flying Horsecows

The Men’s Ultimate Frisbee team is a highly competitive collection of veterans and novices. Newcomers are welcome and students may learn more during Orientation. Practice is four times a week with contests on the weekends. The Horsecows attend tournaments and compete in the Ohio Conference within the Ohio Valley Region of the USA Ultimate College Division. The Force Freedom Tournament is a biannual home event that takes place fall semester.

Women's Ultimate Frisbee: The Preying Manti

The Women's Ultimate Frisbee Team, the Preying Manti, became a chartered student organization in 1996. The team attends several tournaments and participates in the USA Ultimate College Division Championship series. The club also annually hosts its Force Freedom Tournament.