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Sports Clubs Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get involved in a Sport Club?

At the beginning of each academic year the Recreational Sports department puts on RECFEST, an informational fair with games, prizes, and program offerings about all sport clubs, and additional information about programs offered through the department. RECFEST takes place at the Recreational Eagle Center the first weekend in the Fall semester. RECFEST is a great place to ask specific questions to representative of each sport club as well as sign up for the sports team of interest. Depending on the specific club, some (usually fall sports) will start before school begins. The easiest way to get involved is to go on our website  and/or  email the club president for more details. 

Who coordinates the Sport Club teams and the program?

Sport Clubs is run by the Recreational Sports Department that is governed by student affairs. Within the recreational sports department there is a sport club and events coordinator, recreational sports graduate assistant, athletic trainer, and a sport club executive council.

How much of a financial obligation is a Sport Club team?

This will also vary on the sport of your choice. These may include: dues, equipment, travel, facilities, apparel, tournament fees, etc. A portion of these expenses is delegated to each sport club depending on their status and demand. 

Are there tryouts for Sport Club teams?
  • This will be dependent on the type of sport you choose to participate in. Typically, sports that offer tryouts often will have cuts as well. Some teams may not have cuts but have an A and B team.
  •  In years past, these teams have had tryouts: Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Men’s and Women’s Hockey, Men’s and Women’s Volleyball.
Can you be a member of multiple Sport Club teams?

Yes, we encourage sport athletes to participate in multiple sport clubs; however, you may not want to play during corresponding season’s between two sports.

How much of a time commitment are Sport Clubs?

This will vary on the sport and whether you are in season or not. It is mandatory for all sport clubs to make time to volunteer, attend meetings, and support other clubs during their competitions. Other commitments include practice and game times (varying on the sport) as well as traveling

How do you start a Sport Club on the UWL campus?

Here are the basic guidelines to begin this process:

  • You have to become a student org for one year
  • You need to maintain 7 active members
  • Must be approved by the sport club executive council and voted on by the currently active sport clubs

For more information, please contact Jenny Larson jlarson2@uwlax.edu

What is the difference between Sport Clubs, Intramurals, and varsity athletics?
  • Intramurals: This is a  recreational opportunity for those students wanting to participate in a wide variety of sports. You will be competing against other student (students, faculty, and staff are eligible to play Intramurals) teams formed around the university.
  • Sport Clubs: This is a competitive opportunity for those students wanting to participate in a more demanding student run organization. This may be more of a time and financial commitment and you will be competing against other university’s club teams.
  • Varsity Athletics: This is sanctioned athletic program in the WIAC by the NCAA. This is fully funded by the university. This is not a student run program; all varsity athletics have a coach that demands a strong time commitment, There will be tryouts as well as cuts.
What sports play during the fall season, spring season, or throughout the year?
  • Many of our sports are active throughout the entire year, though their seasons might only be in the fall, winter, or spring. 
  • Fall Season Sports: Men's and Women's Soccer, Men's and Women's Rugby, waterski & wakeboard
  • Winter Season Sports: Alpine Ski Team, Men's and Women's Hockey, Men's and Women's Volleyball, Women's Basketball, ski and snowboard
  • Spring Season/All year round: Equestrian, archery, boxing, fishing, Men's and Women's Lacrosse, Olympic Weightlifting, ping pong, triathlon, Men's and Women's Ultimate
What types of leadership opportunities are there in the Sport Club program?

All clubs are student run and contain a president, vice president, and a risk management officer. Depending on the size of the club, they may have more positions that are voted upon by the current club members. There are additional leadership opportunities within the sport club executive council that includes an application process. This council is the administrative branch that deals with policies, procedures, and all aspects related to the entire sport clubs. 

 

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS???

Do you have a question that you can't find an answer to in the Frequently Asked Questions?? If so, please stop by office 142 in the Recreational Eagle Center and speak to the Sport Club Coordinator!