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Club sports & news

Teams sweat off the field

Max Sills

Issue date: 9/18/09 Section: Sports
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A Frisbee is plucked from the air. An oar cuts sharply into still water. These are not the activities of idle students, trying to steal a little leisure before the next panic attack. These are club sports: student-run organizations, which rely on the commitment of their members to stay alive. Club sports are growing rapidly on college campuses across the nation. They serve those students left in the wide gap between the more piecemeal intramural sports, and the demanding realities of varsity.

Club sports here act like small states. Each organization drafts its own constitution and elects its own officers. These officers become delegates to the monthly meetings of the Sport Club Council, which rotates leadership each month. In addition to being chartered by the council, some clubs are also involved with their respective national groups, like the Ultimate Player's Association for Frisbee, or the Collegiate Hockey Association for hockey. The council offers extensive leadership training and community outreach; it's hard to go a month without a presentation on ethics or an inter-club effort like the "martial arts film night," co-sponsored by Taekwondo and the Film Society.

Like any state, the rise and fall of a sport depends on the efforts of its citizens. For the 20-plus years they've been on campus, club sports have come to life and been mercilessly snuffed out by student interest. Clubs are responsible for recruiting their own members, and doing their own fundraising. They are allotted supplemental funds based on what associate athletic and club sports director Pat Kennedy calls "goal-oriented budgeting." As in, how many recruits does a club think it can get this year? Will it need cash to travel?

Kennedy said club sports "provide an opportunity to have a more structured competitive experience" than intramurals, but clubs are not necessarily incentivized to win. They are incentivized to care. With yearly membership fees upwards of two hundred dollars for some sports (though some clubs are as cheap as ten), members have to care. Some clubs pay for equipment, practice time, and instructors. They get a base income from USG and the Athletic Department, but it's up to each club to earn its keep.
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