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Undergraduate and graduate students participate in a variety of athletics, from pick-up games to intramural contests and varsity sports.

Sports & Recreation

Payne Whitney Gymnasium
70 Tower Pkwy.
Info.: (203) 432-2474 (memberships) or (203) 432-1444 (schedules)

The "Guinness Book of World Records" lists Yale's Payne Whitney Gymnasium as the largest facility for indoor sport and recreation in the world. The Whitney family donated the funds for the construction of the gymnasium to honor their son, Payne Whitney, Class of 1898. The sports facility was completed in 1932.

Built under the direction of John Russell Pope, this 12-acre indoor facility is likened to the cathedral of Liverpool, England. Yale students often refer to the gym as "the cathedral of sweat" or "the temple of the body."

The gym's nine-and-one-half stories are dedicated to the pursuit of fitness and the mastery of sports-related skills. Aside from mechanical and code upgrades, the most recently completed phase of the gym construction project is the air-conditioned Brady Squash Center, home to Yale's men's and women's squash teams. The Brady Center, located on the east wing of the fourth floor, boasts the only four-walled glass exhibition court in the world. The center also features 14 other international courts, two of which are three-walled glass exhibition courts. Coaches' offices, a team room and player's lounge are also part of the Brady Center.

The gym also boasts the air-conditioned Colonel Lanman Center, a 30,000-square-foot addition for basketball, volleyball and other sports activities with a suspended three-lane, 1/8 of a mile Mondo® indoor jogging track.

The Adrian C. "Ace" Fitness Center is located in the west wing of the fourth floor. This air-conditioned facility features 72 pieces of state-of-the-art cardiovascular equipment, including treadmills, elliptical trainers, stairclimbers, recumbent and upright bicycles, rowing ergometers, two Cybex® pin selector weight training circuits and free weights. Six television monitors in the cardiovascular training area are used for viewing CNN and ESPN Sports.

The gym houses two pools -- a 50-meter practice pool on the third floor and the 25-meter Robert Kiphuth Exhibition Pool in the basement; indoor jogging tracks; separate men's and women's sauna complexes; a gymnastics studio; a fencing salon; gymnasia for aerobics, dance, volleyball, basketball and martial arts; a pony polo practice room; and locker rooms for men and women. The gym is used for varsity team practices and contests, intramural sports games and events, physical educational classes, and group or individual recreation, exercise and fitness activities.

The gym is open for the academic year through May 12. During term hours, the building is open weekdays, 6 a.m.-10 p.m., and weekends, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Anyone affiliated with the University is eligible for gym membership. Yale students with valid I.D. cards are permitted access to the building, while other members of the Yale community are required to register and pay a membership fee. All gym users may also purchase an optional locker and/or towel service. Students may also purchase a locker assignment and/or towel service. For additional information, visit the membership office located in the main lobby Monday-Friday, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 3-6 p.m. or call the membership office at the number listed above.

Club Sports
Payne Whitney Gym
Info.: (203) 432-2492

Over 30 sports are offered through the club sports program, including badminton, ballroom dancing, cricket, croquet, cycling, equestrian, fishing, Frisbee, judo, polo, rugby, skiing and volleyball. Most of the club teams are competitive at the intercollegiate level, and many have won national championships. For additional information, call the Club Sports office at the number above or leave your name and number in the Club Sports mailbox in Rm. 511 of the gym.

Info: (203) 392-2380
Conrad Dr.

The Yale Golf Course, considered one of the nation's finest, is located four miles southwest of campus. An 18-hole championship course, putting green, driving range, rental carts and pro shop are offered. A PGA teaching staff is also on hand to provide classes and private activities. The property encompasses over 500 acres of forestland, which includes ponds, streams and walking trails. There is also a picnic area on the property. The course is a private facility open to all members of the Yale community, their families and guests. Golf fees can be paid on an annual or daily basis. Annual membership (April-December) includes unrestricted play and reduced family and guest fees. The Yale clubhouse offers men's and women's locker rooms with shower and toilet facilities. A restaurant with a seating capacity of over 100 is also available.

The Grill Room (called "Widdy's") is open for lunch each day, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. There is bar service daily until 7 p.m. Catering is also available and can be arranged for banquets, parties, conferences, weddings and other special occasions. Contact Butch Bellmore, manager, at (203) 392-2309 for more information.

The director of the golf course is Peter Pulaski.

Ice Skating
Ingalls Rink
Corner of Prospect and Sachem streets
Info.: (203) 432-0875

Ingalls Rink is available for recreational ice skating from late September through early May. The rink may also be rented for Yale-related skating parties. Students and members of the Yale community may enjoy skating via special memberships or through payment of daily session fees.

All users must provide their own skates. Call for information on fees and a daily skating schedule.

Intercollegiate Athletics
Info.: (203) 432-1435

The intercollegiate athletic program includes a total of 35 varsity teams: 16 for men, 18 for women and one coed team. Yale is a member of the Ivy Group, which provides competition in intercollegiate athletics under conditions that are mutually acceptable to the eight member institutions.

Intramural Sports
Payne Whitney Gym, Rm. 509

Info.: (203) 432-2487

The undergraduate program offers a myriad of competitive individual and team sports opportunities to persons affiliated with the residential colleges. Individuals should contact their college dean or athletic secretary. Fall competition begins in September. There is an expanding number of intramural sports opportunities for graduate students throughout the year. Some of the activities include soccer, touch football, volleyball and softball.

Physical Education Instruction
Info: (203) 432-1431

Instructional classes in physical education begin in Payne Whitney Gym on Monday, Sept. 12. More than 100 sections of instruction are offered in the areas of aquatics, dance, exercise, fitness, martial arts, sports skills and weight training. Pre-registration is required and will be held in the gym lobby, Tuesday-Friday, Sept. 6- 9.

The fall schedule contains many specialty classes, such as ballroom dance and swing. Look for new fall class offerings in the Physical Education Instructional Schedule, available in the gym lobby.

Fee programs in children's swimming, dance, martial arts and gymnastics will be offered in the fall and winter/spring terms. The fall classes will start Saturday, Sept. 17, and will run for eight consecutive weeks. Age requirements vary.

Recreational Running
Coxe Cage
Derby Avenue
Info.: (203) 764-9263

From December to March, indoor running is available at the William Clay Ford track in Coxe Cage. Membership and single session rates are available for a fee (free to Yale students). The 200-meter track, a cushioned, rubberized surface, is open during specific hours Sunday-Friday.

Summer Sports Day Camps
Info.: (203) 432-2488

A series of weekly multi-sport day camp programs with instruction in a variety of sports activities -- along with games, video movies and special events -- is offered for boys and girls ages 6-13. These camps feature a weekly trip to the Yale Outdoor Education Center in East Lyme. For more information on fees, age requirements and registration procedures, call the number listed above.

Derby Avenue (near the Yale Bowl)
Info.: (203) 764-9263 or (203) 764-9227

The Yale Tennis Center includes 5 clay courts, 22 Deco Turf II hard courts and 4 indoor courts. The indoor courts are available October-May, while the outdoor courts may be utilized May-October. Intercollegiate and intramural tennis programs have court priority during posted hours. Group and private lessons are offered by certified professionals, and summer tennis camps are offered for children.

The outdoor courts are open to the public for a "per person" fee on a first-come, first-served basis. Summer hours are 9 a.m.-9 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends. There is no charge for Yale students.

The indoor Cullman Courts, adjacent to Coxe Cage, provide opportunities to play tennis in the winter. Student and faculty/staff membership information may be obtained by calling (203) 764-9227 weekdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., beginning in October. For information on all tennis recreational programs, call Duke Diaz, manager of tennis operations, at one of the numbers listed above.

Tickets for Athletic Contests

Ticket Office
Ray Tompkins House
20 Tower Pkwy.
Info.: (203) 432-1400

Tickets -- both season passes and for individual games -- are available at the Ticket Office 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays. Students may buy tickets at reduced rates by presenting a valid Yale I.D. The office accepts VISA, American Express and MasterCard.

Yale Corinthian Yacht Club

Short Beach
Branford, CT
Info.: www.yale.edu/ycyc

The Yale Corinthian Yacht Club (YCYC) offers adult memberships for recreational and competitive sailing during the summer and school year. In the summer, sailing and windsurfing lessons are also provided for adults and children.

The yacht club's staff will teach participants to master the basics of sailing and windsurfing. All members of the yacht club are welcome to compete in regattas and weekly racing as well as to participate in cookouts and other social activities conducted by the Yale Faculty Yacht Club.

YCYC offers four levels of lessons for children ages 10-18 in four-week sessions. The beginning class teaches children with no sailing experience the fundamentals of sailing while emphasizing safety. Skills are improved in the intermediate class through an introduction to racing. Older sailors can join the YCYC Junior Racing Team or learn skills of boat handling and seamanship in 420s and windsurfers in the "Advanced Skills" class.

Yale Fields
Derby Avenue
Info.: (203) 432-1420

Playing fields are located on Derby Avenue, approximately three miles from campus, for softball, touch football, Frisbee, soccer and informal recreational activities. Fields may be reserved for special events and organizational activities as available by calling the above-listed number.

Yale Outdoor Education Center
Scott Road
East Lyme, CT
Info.: (203) 432-2492

The Yale Outdoor Education Center, located 42 miles from New Haven in East Lyme, is open to the entire Yale community. It features 2,000 acres of woodland and a freshwater lake for swimming, canoeing, boating and fishing.

Cabin and campsite rentals are available, and there are tables and grills located by lakeside groves for casual picnics. Groups of up to 150 people may reserve the pavilion or dining hall for conferences, weddings or other special occasions at reasonable rates. For information about summer season membership (mid-June through Labor Day), daily fees and group rates, contact the office at the above-listed number.

Yale Polo and Equestrian Center
Central Ave. (near the Yale Bowl)
Info.: (203) 432-1431

Riding and polo lessons, competitive polo and other equestrian-related activities are available at the Polo and Equestrian Center. The center contains 62 stalls, an indoor arena and outdoor riding facilities. Student, faculty and staff rates are offered for all programs. In addition, children ages 6-16 may participate in summer riding programs.


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