Club Sports FAQs
What is a club sport?
Club sports are chartered student organizations which provide opportunities to pursue a recreational and/or competitive interest. Clubs are formed by students and are open to all students, faculty, and staff of Winthrop University.
What is the difference between club sports and intramural sports?
Intramural sports are short-term competitions between students, faculty, and staff of Winthrop University. These participants compete against each other in organized leagues and tournaments on a more recreational level. Club sports are for students who want to enjoy a specific activity for a longer period of time (usually the entire academic year). Club sports have elected officers that organize all club activity on a regular basis. They hold weekly practices, meetings, and organize competitions with other colleges and universities club teams.
What is the difference between club sports and a varsity athletic team?
Club sports are organized and managed by students. Each club sport is funded through the Office of Recreational Services, club fundraising, and membership dues and range from instructional to competitive in nature. Varsity athletic teams are part of the athletic department and compete in NCAA competition.
How can I learn more about a specific club sport?
Officers’ names and email addresses for all club sports are located on their individual web pages that can be found on the club sports homepage (http://www.winthrop.edu/recservices/default.aspx?id=3378). Students can also contact the club sports office for any questions if they are unable to contact any of the officers. In addition, the club sports program hosts an annual club sports fair during the fall semester for students to meet representatives from each club and to learn more about all club sports on campus.
Are all clubs competitive?
The club sports program offers a variety of clubs that range from instructional to competitive. Clubs that are competitive tend to have more scheduled practices and events throughout the academic year. To learn more about each clubs’ competitive level, you can contact the club directly.
Are there fees to be a club member?
Some clubs require membership fees. The Office of Recreational Services allows the clubs to determine whether or not they will require fees. The membership fees help with operating costs such as uniforms, travel, and equipment. To find out specific club membership fees, you can contact the club directly.
What is the time commitment?
The level of commitment varies between clubs. On average, clubs will practice 2-3 times per week for about 2 hours each practice. How competitive a club is will determine how many events are scheduled throughout the year. The clubs set their own schedule for practices and events.
If I want to start a club sport, what is the process?
The initial step to start a club is to complete the “New Club Sports Application” which is located on the club sports forms page (http://www.winthrop.edu/recservices/default.aspx?id=3023). When completing the form, you must have a minimum of 10 students listed on the form you intend to be members of the club upon completion of the application process. Once you have completed the application, you must schedule a meeting with the Program Director for Intramural and Club Sports and present the application along with other information such as potential coaches, advisors, and competitions/events. After presenting your intentions as a club, the Program Director will guide you through the remainder of the process so you can become a chartered club on campus. The club sports program will not approve applications that duplicate an already active club sport. The complete application process can be found in the club sports handbook which is located on the club sports forms page.
Still have questions?
The Club Sports office is located in 211 of the West Center and is open 8:30am-5:00pm Monday through Friday. You can also email or call the Program Director for Intramural and Club Sports at firstname.lastname@example.org or 803-323-2354.