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ACM Athletic Tournaments

women's volleyball team call the ball

Home team Lawrence University at 2018 ACM Women's Volleyball tournament

Paul Wilke, Lawrence University



A Tradition of Competition and Collaboration

The 14 ACM institutions compete on the NCAA Division III level as members of several different athletic conferences. The Athletic Directors of the ACM colleges are committed to collaboration in athletics by organizing annual ACM tournaments.


2021 Volleyball Tournament

The 2021 Volleyball Tournament at Ripon College has been postponed to September 2022.

2019 Volleyball Tournament

September 6-7 at Grinnell College
Grinnell, IA

2019 Softball Dome Tournament

March 2-3 at Luther College
Rochester, MN

2018 Volleyball Tournament

September 7-9 at Lawrence University
Appleton, WI

2018 Softball Dome Tournament

March 3-4, 2018 at Luther College
Rochester, MN

Athletic connections built over 90 years

Athletic ties among ACM member institutions stretch back to 1921, when six colleges — Beloit, Carleton, Coe, Cornell, Knox and Lawrence — formed the Midwest Collegiate Athletic Conference and held the league's first competition in track and field.

By 1958, the conference had grown to include ten colleges, which joined together to create the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, thereby adding collaboration in academic areas to the connections they already had through sports.

Action during the 2016 ACM Soccer Showcase, which featured women's and men's teams from Coe College, Lake Forest College, Lawrence University, and Macalester College.

Read about collaboration among ACM Athletic Directors in an interview with Jackie Slaats, Athletic Director at Lake Forest College.

ACM athletic conferences

The 14 ACM institutions compete on the NCAA Division III level as members of several different athletic conferences, including:

Colorado College has the only two teams that compete at the NCAA Division I level: Men's ice hockey in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference and women's soccer in Conference USA.

Varsity teams in selected sports at some ACM colleges compete in other athletic conferences or as independents.

For more information about ACM athletic competitions, contact Betsy Hutula, ACM Chief of Staff.