Types of Club Sports

  • Competitive clubs are created because the interest demands an opportunity for students other than varsity athletes or because no varsity team exists. The team trains and is eligible to compete and actively pursues participation in registered extramural, regional, national or open tournaments/competitions. The sport is also governed by a National Governing Body from the Olympic family or established NGB with developed standards of participation. The sports must also promote a balanced lifestyle of wellness and physical activity.
  • Recreational clubs do not meet all of the requirements above, but involve an organized group for sport and recreational participation on a regular basis that is not readily and feasibly available to students under Informal Recreation or as an Intramural Sport. The club should incorporate a variety of participation opportunities including regular club meetings, clinics, practices, informal gatherings and philanthropic functions.
  • Instructional clubs may compete in a few tournaments per year, but the main focus of the club is the introduction, qualified instruction and advancement of specific skills and techniques. Instruction should cover the necessary physical and mental safety prerequisites for participation, as well as strategy and rules. Instruction should be provided for all levels of skill from beginner to advanced (examples include earning belts in martial arts, certifications, etc.).

Clubs not meeting the above definitions or that are better served by other university departments for support with facilities, development, association with National Governing Bodies and funding may be classified as Special Interest Organizations or Departmental Student Organization and are recognized by the Office of Leadership and Development and are governed solely by the Office of Student Life. uakron.edu/studentlife/involvement/source