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Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015 [Archived Catalog] [Archived Catalog]

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Campus Recreation

Lee Beaumont, B.S., M.S.
Senior Vice President for Auxiliary Services

Kirk Handy, B.S.
Senior Director of Campus Recreation

The Department of Campus Recreation provides a variety of options for resident and online students to interact socially through state of the art indoor and outdoor recreation facilities as well as programs and services that provide entertainment and physical fitness.

Campus Recreation helps to connect students to all that Liberty University has to offer beyond the classroom.  By offering dozens of sporting options through the Intramural Sports and Club Sports departments, Campus Recreation gives every student an opportunity to participate in a competitive sport.  In order to assist in the social atmosphere on campus, the Student Activities department plans weekly entertainment events.  Several different fitness facilities are available for student use to stay physically fit, or they can relax with friends at one of the different lounge areas on campus.  With all of these options, Campus Recreation offers something for everyone.

Student Activities

Chris Misiano, B.S., M.A.R., M.R.E.
Senior Director of Campus Recreation

The Student Activities Office is committed to the service of the students of Liberty University by providing a variety of culturally-relevant events and recreational activities throughout each semester, giving students a full calendar of social occasions to interact with one another and enhance their overall experience.

Student Activities provides an extensive variety of entertainment opportunities, both on and off-campus, usually free or at an exclusive Liberty University student discount price.  Options include everything from concerts featuring the biggest names in Christian music (Switchfoot, Toby Mac, David Crowder Band, Casting Crowns) to Open Mic Nights, movie nights, and outdoor recreation (whitewater rafting, skiing, horseback riding, hiking) Student Activities offers something for everyone. For detailed information call 434-592-3061 or access the Student Activities website at http://www.liberty.edu/SA.   

Recreation Facilities

Campus Recreation offers multiple opportunities for meeting the recreational, fitness, and wellness needs of the University family.  These facilities include the LaHaye Student Union (which includes the LaHaye Recreation and Fitness Center, Tilley Student Center, and Thomas Indoor Soccer Center) as well as David’s Place. More information is available online at http://www.liberty.edu/lahayestudentunion  or by calling 434-592-3148.

The LaHaye Recreation and Fitness Center offers students a variety of co-curricular environments that provide vital social outlets for the development of a well-rounded collegiate experience. This includes five basketball courts, a fitness center, aquatic center, aerobic rooms, and more.  Students can work out with the assistance of a personal trainer, take group exercise classes, use the work out equipment or climb the rock wall.

The Aquatic Center has a 25 yard, six-lane pool with a maximum depth of 12 feet for lap swimming and recreational use. The aquatic facility includes two spas, and a one meter diving board.  Aquatic equipment such as training fins, training paddles, flexible kickboards, jogger weight belts, hand bar exercisers, pull buoys, and water polo equipment is accessible for use.

The Tilley Student Center is a student recreational and lounge facility designed specifically for students. The facility features a coffee bar, game tables, couches, chairs and four flat screen televisions. There is also a billiard hall within the facility featuring pool tables and ping pong tables as well as four flat screen television gaming stations. The facility includes a Starbucks, Sub Connection, Fresh Market, and Chick-fil-A.

A part of the LaHaye Student Union, the Thomas Indoor Soccer Center was added in May, 2009 and is comprised of two turf fields partially surrounded by transparent walls and netting. The facility also features a spectator section, multiple televisions and wireless capability.

David’s Place is dedicated to the memory of David A. DeMoss, a gentle and loving young man who died tragically in an automobile accident in January 1988.  Formerly Campus East Clubhouse, David’s Place is a recreational center that offers billiards, a theatre (featuring a Blu-ray player with a surround sound system), video gaming room (with Playstation 4), and a heated outdoor pool with patio heaters on the pool deck. The facility also features a Jamba Juice which is a great place for a healthy breakfast, quick lunch, or a delicious snack. Jamba Juice is also known for their great tasting fruit smoothies.

The Schilling Center was recently relocated and is now a part of the LaHaye Student Union. It includes two basketball courts and up to four volleyball courts for intramural sports, club sports, and general recreation.

The Equestrian Center includes a newly constructed barn with eight 12'x12' rubber matted stalls with attached runs, grooming stalls, indoor wash rack with hot and cold water, outdoor wash rack, heated office/student lounge and tack room with washer and dryer, feed room, and men's and women's restrooms. More than thirty acres of small and large turnout pastures are available, as well as a small quarantine facility to accommodate incoming horses.  The outdoor arena is a 160'x150' with sand mix footing. The arena includes a variety of tools to allow students to train and school in a variety of disciplines

The newly renovated Camp Hydaway features a high and low ropes course, a zipline, new beach access for swimming, as well as, outdoor equipment rentals. Students will be able to check out items such as, canoes, kayaks, mountain bikes, ATV’s, and fishing and camping gear. 

The facility will have room for group meetings and events. The Student Activities department will host multiple Outdoor Recreational events throughout the school year.

This LaHaye Ice Center is the home of the Flames and Lady Flames hockey teams. During non-practice hours, students can enjoy ice skating, hockey and broomball. The LaHaye Ice Center also offers figure skating and Learn to Skate sessions. Additional information on programs and scheduling is available by calling 434-592-3953 or online at http://www.lahayeicecenter.net/.

Outdoor Recreation

The Sand Volleyball Complex was completed in March 2012.  Consisting of four courts, this facility is a premiere venue in the area.  Lights provide the opportunity for evening play.  The complex is the home for Liberty’s men’s and women’s club sports teams and coed intramural sports leagues.  It is also available for pick up play for the Liberty University community.

The Intramural Sports and Athletics Complex was completed in August 2011.  Two fields are surfaced with an in-filled synthetic turf that is the home of men’s and women’s lacrosse teams.  A third astro turf field is the home of the women’s field hockey team.  All three fields are used for intramural sports play that includes soccer, flag football and ultimate Frisbee.  A fieldhouse with offices, team rooms and locker rooms is also located at the complex.

The newest recreational facility was completed on East Campus in fall 2012.  It consists of four distinct areas.  A 220,000 square foot, multi-purpose turf area is the home to flag football, softball and ultimate Frisbee.  A natural grass, recreational softball field sits next to the turf area.  Due to the enormous popularity of the sand volleyball courts built in spring semester 2012, four additional courts were added to make a total of eight courts at Liberty University.

Also part of the complex is a sand training area known as “The Patch,” a large sand pit and training course similar to those used by Navy SEALs at the Naval Special Warfare Center in Coronado, CA.  It allows individuals to utilize a “functional” training method, using body weight instead of free weights as resistance. The Patch offers not only functional strength training but also jump training, sand pit training, balance, stabilization training, and core training. The individual is able to develop many planes of training that is not possible in any other standardized workout method.  For the student looking for a total body workout, the Patch is the perfect training facility.

The Liberty Mountain Trail System consists of over 65 miles of single and double track trails and logging roads that spans approximately 5,000 acres. The mountain rises to over 1,360 feet and offers something for all difficulty levels, from a leisurely stroll to the Liberty University Monogram, to cross country and gravity-fed trails for both hiking and mountain biking. A trail map and additional information is available online at http://www.liberty.edu/campusrec/camphydaway/index.cfm?PID=28189

Drew Sherwood, B.S.

General Manager

Liberty Mountain Snowflex® Centre, located off Candler’s Mountain Road, consists of two main distinct ski runs.  This includes a beginner slope, intermediate slope, advanced slope, terrain park, a 260-foot tubing run, and gravity park for air awareness training.  The 550-foot terrain run has three jumps with a quarter pipe at the bottom, and a 550-foot ski slope with multiple rail features for all levels. 

The ski lodge is an 8,000 square foot facility at the base of the ski runs.  This building houses the ticket office, ski school, event scheduling, and rental area on the first floor with a seating and concession area on the second floor with a full view of the ski slope, amazing view of the campus and the Blue Ridge Mountains.  The Snowflex Centre is a great venue for birthday parties, business meetings, classes, and events.  It hosts multiple ski and snowboard summer camps along with fun activities all summer long.  The Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre is open all year round for Liberty University students and public access.

The Liberty Mountain Skate Park is located in the Candler’s Mountain Shopping Center.  The Skate Park is an indoor facility which allows students and the community to skate board, BMX, or inline skate all year round.  The Park has various features for beginners through advanced, such as: three mini ramps, quarter pipe, hubba box, hand rails, foam pit, and a bowl.

Ivy Lake, located about 25 minutes from Liberty’s campus in Forest, VA, spans 112 acres with a 6,000 square foot beach.  It is available for a variety of activities for Liberty University students, faculty and staff.  This is a great spot for fishing, canoeing, or just having a picnic with friends. Before going to Ivy Lake, students must complete a permission form and drop it off at the front desk of the LaHaye Student Union.  Ivy Lake is the home of the Liberty Crew team.

The Sports Racquet facility houses five indoor tennis courts, five hardwood racquetball courts, and a small fitness area.  It is also the home of the Liberty University Racquetball Team.  During non-member hours, students can enjoy playing indoor tennis, racquetball and wallyball.  Private lessons are also available.  This facility is located approximately seven miles from campus at 118 Davis Cup Drive in Lynchburg.

Liberty University’s Paintball Team now has a place on campus to prepare for competitions.  The paintball complex consists of two fields with a retractable netting system made with a protective mesh. Students may watch the team behind the safety of the netting during practices.  These fields are open for intramurals, special events, and recruitment events.

The Disc Golf Course is located on East Campus just past the intramural football fields.  Disc golf is similar to traditional golf in that players tee off and attempt to reach a particular hole in the fewest number of strokes. Unlike normal golf, however, players throw discs, and the “holes” are actually elevated baskets made of metal.  The 18-hole course includes tee pads for beginners and experts alike.  Usage will vary from intramural sports leagues, to open recreational play among students.

Nestled in Liberty University’s Jack Mountain property, the mile-long wooded arena features numerous doubles, table tops, loops and off-camber turns.  Encompassing the track is a trail system giving riders even more room to roam.  New trails maintain the land’s natural elements while offering ATV riders of all skill levels a place to enhance their technique.

To complement the ATV trail system, the University has purchased several ATV’s for student use free of charge.  To use the University-owned ATV’s, students must enroll and pass an ATV safety course.  A safety range has been constructed to ensure that the maximum number of students can pass the class and enjoy the ATV Trail System.

Located on Liberty Mountain, is a 3-D Archery Range nestled in 10 acres for the Liberty Archery Club.  The range consists of 20 life-like animal targets as well as several practice bag targets.  In order to qualify as a potential state qualifier site, the range is setup to comply with Archery Shooters Association (ASA) standards. The Archery Club has access to shoot and hold tournaments on the 3-D Archery Range.

Students have the opportunity to bow hunt on Liberty’s Lone Jack Mountain property through membership in Camp Hydaway ’s bow hunting program.  In order to qualify you must provide proof of a Virginia resident hunting license, and pass a safety class/proficiency test. Students who meet these requirements will be permitted to bow hunt during the fall and spring seasons on Liberty’s Lone Jack Mountain.

Club Sports

A Club Sport is an organization recognized by Liberty University comprised of individuals who have an interest in competing in a particular sport. The club provides the opportunity for teams to compete against other colleges and universities with the same interests.

Our goal is to provide the availability to participate in a sport within the campus of Liberty University as well as develop values in leadership, fellowship and social skills. 

Information on club sports offerings is available at http://www.liberty.edu/campusrec/clubsports/.


Archery Racquetball
Beach Volleyball Skiing & Snowboarding
Crew Tae Kwon Do
Disc Golf Triathlon
Gymnastics Ultimate Frisbee
Ice Hockey Volleyball
Lacrosse Wrestling


Archery Ice Hockey
Beach Volleyball Racquetball
Crew Skiing & Snowboarding
Disc Golf Synchronized Skating
Equestrian Tae Kwon Do
Figure Skating Triathlon
Gymnastics Ultimate Frisbee


Intramural Sports

Ed Barnhouse, B.S.
Director of Intramural Sports

The University believes that sports, both inter-collegiate and intramural, have definite educational value, and that few other agencies offer so much that is potentially good for character building in American youth.

Intramural Sports are organized recreational sports leagues that allow students at Liberty to participate in a variety of team and individual sports. Competition exists, but the real focus of intramural sports is health and exercise, social interaction, stress reduction, sportsmanship, and teamwork.

During the fall and spring semester, a program of competitive intramural sports is sponsored that opens the way for wide participation on the part of both men and women. Information on intramural sports is available at http://www.liberty.edu/ims.  

Men's Ultimate Frisbee Table Tennis
Women's Ultimate Frisbee Coed Volleyball
Coed Ultimate Frisbee Men's Basketball
Open Paintball Women's Basketball
Men's Broomball Men's 4 v 4 Flag Football
Women's Broomball Men's 3-point Shootout
Coed Broomball Women's 3-point Shootout            
Men's Flag Football Men's Beach Volleyball
Women's Flag Football Women's Beach Volleyball
Fantasy Football Coed Beach Volleyball
Men's Outdoor Soccer Men's Softball
Women's Outdoor Soccer Women's Softball
Men's Indoor Soccer Men's Dodgeball
Women's Indoor Soccer Women's Dodgeball
Billiards Coed Dodgeball
Disc Golf Coed-Kickball
Dunk Contest  


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