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Top 10 Sports at the University of Connecticut

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Destiny Summers

College is a time for students to discover their passion and develop that craft. It is the best opportunities for students to get involved in sports and clubs. If you are thinking about participating in sports, you've come to the right place. Below are the top ten sports that you can join at the University of Connecticut.

1. Basketball Team

The women's basketball team after a win

The men's and women's basketball team represents UConn in the NCAA American Athletic Conference. These teams play at the XL Center and Harry A. Gampel Pavillion for home games. Students on these teams are recruited throughout high school and the year prior to transferring. However, if you are a student currently, you can reach out to the Athletic Office for more information on meeting the coaches and getting your basketball skills evaluated.

2. Football Team

Team photo of the football team

The UConn Huskies football team competes in the NCAA Division I FBS. This team is currently coached by Randy Edsall. Students interested in this team can reach out to the Athletic Office through their website or by calling to gain more information on trying out for the team. During this process, the coaches will contact you and you will get your football skills and athletic ability evaluated.

3. Field Hockey Team

Team photo of the Field Hockey Team

The field hockey team competes in the NCAA Division I level in the Big East Conference. They are coached by Nancy Stevens, who is known as one of the most successful coaches in field hockey. If you are interested in being a part of this team, you can contact the Athletic Office for more information about the recruitment process which can start as early as high school. Students must know the game of field hockey and have athleticism in order to be considered.

4. Cheer Team

Members of the cheer team in action

The Uconn Huskies Cheerleaders are the representatives of the entire school when they cheer at home and away games and during competitive competitions. Students who are interested in trying out can do so at the end of the spring semester. During this time, your cheer skills, athletic ability, and overall personality will be evaluated. Students will also be evaluated on their stunts and physical fitness.

5. Baseball Team

Team members from the UConn baseball team before a game

The Uconn baseball team plays in the NCAA Division I of the Big East Conference. Students who are looking to try out for this team can do so in the fall when walk-on tryouts are held. Students will be able to show off any skills they have to play the game. Make sure you are batting correctly, throwing fast, pitching the ball, and practice to be a fast runner.

6. Soccer Team

The women's soccer team before a game

The UConn men's and women's soccer teams are the intercollegiate varsity teams for soccer here. They play in the NCAA Division I of the American Athletic Conference. Tryouts are held throughout the year. Students must contact the Athletic Office, fill out an application, and prepare to play in front of the coaches to be considered for the team.

7. Ice Hockey Teams

Team photo of the men's ice hockey team

The men's and women's ice hockey teams compete as members of the NCAA Division I college ice hockey program and in Hockey East. These teams are coached by Mike Cavanaugh (men's team) and Chris Mackenzie (women's team. Students must go through a recruitment process sponsored by the Athletic Office to be considered. This process will walk you through talking with the coaches, meeting current members, and evaluating how well you play the game of ice hockey.

8. Track and Field Team

The men's track and field members in action

The men's and women's track and field teams are among the most competitive in the nation at UConn. Students on these teams have the ability to run long distances and have acquired additional skills as well to make themselves stand out. If you are interested in being a part of this team, you must complete a recruitment process that starts by contacting the Athletic Office. Students will have a chance to show off their current skills to the coaches during this time.

9. Rowing Team

The women's rowing team during practice

The women's rowing team competes on a regional and national level. These girls are the epitome of athletes! Students on this team are coached by Jennifer Sanford. No experience is needed to try out! Students interested must know how to swim and must have the determination to learn the skills necessary to become a skilled rower.

10. Swimming and Diving Team

The awards won at a swim meet  for UConn

The men's and women's swimming and diving teams compete in regional and national swim meet and competitions. Students who are looking to be a part of this team can do so by contacting the Athletic Office directly. Students will be evaluated on how fast and how well they swim, what athletic abilities they possess, and more.

As you can see, there are a number of sports teams that students can choose from. If you are interested in being a part of one of these teams, you will always have a chance to do so! You can also always contact the Athletic Office to learn more about the recruitment process and what is takes to be a good student-athlete.

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