Sports Clubs - F.A.Q.
This is the No. 1 question asked at first-year student orientation. Simply, intramural activities are short-term competitions among MTSU students, faculty, and staff. Sport Clubs are for students who want to enjoy a longer relationship (usually both semesters). Sport clubs practices, meetings, competitions and fundraisers are led by club officers and club members. Sport clubs practice multiple times per week and many travel to compete against other schools' sport club teams. Intramurals are MTSU students, faculty and staff that compete against each other in organized leagues and tournaments within the MTSU community on a more recreational level.
2. What is the difference between Sport Club and the varsity athletic program?
Sport clubs are organized and managed by students. They range from competitive to recreational to instructional and are funded by Campus Recreation, club fundraisers, and membership dues. Clubs compete against other university club teams across the Southeast. Varsity athletic sports are housed in the Athletic Department and compete in NCAA competition.
3. How do I find more information and contact information for the clubs at MTSU?
Contact names and email addresses for each club, links to their individual pages, and other club related information are available on the Campus Recreation website and in the Campus Recreation office. You can always contact Sport Club Staff if you have any questions about a specific club.
4. Are the clubs competitive, recreational, or instructional?
There are over 20 clubs at MTSU which provides for a wide variety of activities and recreational pursuits. Some clubs are only competitive, recreational, or instructional while other clubs having a combination of these elements. Contact the club to inquire about its level of competition.
5. Are there fees to participate with clubs?
Since these clubs are student led organizations, we allow the clubs to decide if there will be fees asked of the membership. Most clubs choose to charge membership dues in order to assist with the operating costs of the club. These fees may be used to pay for travel, uniforms, equipment, facilities, or possible referee fees.
6. Do these clubs have try-outs?
Most clubs are open to anyone who either wants to continue an activity they currently participate in or to anyone who wants to try a new sport. However, there are a few clubs that do hold try-outs due to their competitive nature and limited facilities.
7. How do I get scholarship and/or recruitment information?
These clubs are not varsity sports, and most do not have scholarships available. The clubs are funded through membership dues, fundraisers, etc. Many clubs compete competitively (men's soccer and rugby are 2 examples) and others meet solely for recreation. Some of the competitive clubs do recruit and have try-outs. To find out specific information on recruitment and try-outs, contact the club you are interested in.
8. How do I join a club?
Each individual club is responsible for determining its membership requirements and policies. For information on joining a club, contact the club's contact person, as listed on the Contact information page.
9. What is the time commitment?
Practice times vary by club. Most practices are 2-3 times a week for about two hours per practice. Clubs determine the number of practices a member must attend.
10. How do I start a Club Sport?
Campus Recreation is always pleased to add more student activities to its repertoire. All Sport Clubs must first be a registered student organization. These requirements are set up by the Center of Student Involvement and Leadership and include, but are not limited to a list of club officers and a faculty advisor.
11. Where is the Sport Club office located?
The Sport Club Office is located in the Campus Recreation Center. The office is directly before the turnstiles on the left side. Please ask for either the Director of Sport Clubs or Sport Club Graduate Assistant (GA).
Those interested in forming a new sport club must adhere to the following guidelines:
- Your group must be composed of at least 6 people, be they students, faculty or full-time staff.
- No duplication of active sport clubs (i.e., one club per sport).
- Meet with the Sport Clubs Director to go over new club guidelines.
- All clubs must provide the Director with a current contact person, address and phone number for the fall, spring, and summer. All sport clubs that wish to receive funding from Campus Recreation must turn in budgets and requests for funding by the dates set in the Campus Recreation Calendar.
- Submit a written constitution to the Center of Student Involvement & Leadership.
- Present documented evidence of prospective members, officers and coaches.
- *Document potential competitors, either through a governing league or clubs at nearby universities.