If you crave the excitement and intensity of Division I-caliber athletics, do not come to Gettysburg. Sports are simply not a priority for most students at Gettysburg, and despite having perennially excellent men's lacrosse and women's field hockey teams, athletics generally fail to stir much excitement or support among the student body.
However, intramurals are a different story. They are very popular at the `Burg and are quite intense. Almost every student at Gettysburg ends up playing an intramural sport at one time or another, and many participate in multiple IMs year-round. Some safe bets for top-notch IMs are outdoor soccer in the fall, and softball and indoor soccer in the spring. Intramurals are a cheap and easy way to have fun, socialize, and get some exercise all at once. Club sports are sort of the hidden athletic treasure at the `Burg. They fall in-between varsity and intramurals in terms of intensity and fan support, and the games are usually quite competitive. Gettysburg competes against other schools in club sports, such as ultimate Frisbee and men's and women's rugby. Both due to the novelty of the sports and the earnest competition of the players, club sports can be quite enjoyable to watch, and they provide a unique weekend afternoon alternative to sitting at home or doing work.