A sport club is a student organization, recognized by Campus Recreation and formed by students motivated by a common interest and desire to participate in a favorite sport activity. Clubs vary in focus and programming, since student members manage the operation of the club and decide on club activities. Clubs actively compete locally, regionally, or nationally against colleges and universities.
Clubs offer opportunities for learning a new sport, improving existing sport skills, practicing and playing for fun, and/or competing at various levels. Club officers develop valuable leadership skills, through successful management of administrative affairs and intra-club dynamics.
Campus Recreation oversees and advises all Sport Clubs. Clubs must operate within the Sport Clubs Organization framework of policies and procedures which are in place to promote safety and manage risk. Clubs are funded by the Student Government Association.
If you are interested in joining a Sport Club, please email the appropriate club contact for additional information such as on practice times, locations and fees. In addition, most clubs have websites and/or social media sites which are accessible through the Directory.
How to Join a Sport Club
Complete a waiver packet and hand it in to a club officer. The packets can be found in the directory for each sport and includes:
- Agreement, Waiver, Hold Harness and Covenant Not to Sue
- SCO Code of Conduct Agreement
- Hazing Acknowledgment Form
High Impact Clubs need to be medically cleared before they can participate in club activities. Club officers will have more information on the process. High Impact Clubs include:
- Men's Rugby
- Women's Rugby
- Men's Lacrosse
- Men's Ice Hockey
- Women's Ice Hockey
Intramural Sports is a department within Campus Recreation that provides the structure for competitive and non-competitive sport play. When you play an Intramural Sport you play other on-campus teams. Intramural Sports trains officials, provides facility space, jerseys, equipment and league scheduling. Sport Clubs are run by student members. A Sport Club is responsible for scheduling their own practices and meetings, recruiting members, requesting funding, arranging travel and maintaining club equipment. Most clubs practice 2-4 times a week and compete against other universities.
Varsity programs are NCAA sports facilitated by the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Sport clubs are under the direct supervision of Campus Recreation. Sport Clubs offer the benefit of continuing your sport at a competitive level without the time commitment and high demands of a varsity program. Sport Clubs do not provide scholarships to their athletes.
There are many benefits to being involved including improved fitness, meeting new people, being part of a community and the opportunity to travel. Aside from the opportunity to learn a new sport or continue in a familiar one, the Sport Clubs program gives students an opportunity to participate in the leadership roles and decision making process of club activities.
Clubs are run by student officers. The officers are responsible for the successful operation of the club including but not limited to budgeting, scheduling practices, coordinating league schedules, planning events, fundraising, policy adherence and communicating with Sport Club Supervisors and the Sport Clubs professional staff. The success of individual clubs and the Sport Club program is dependent on the professionalism and leadership shown by the club officers.
Most full-time undergraduate, fee-paying students who have medical insurance are eligible for full participation*. Those eligible for limited participation in our organization include:
- Part-time undergraduate fee-paying students
- Graduate fee-paying students
Limited participation excludes members from voting on club business, holding office in the club or the Sport Club Organization and receiving allocated funding as an individual.
A signed liability waiver and valid TU OneCard must be presented to be eligible for participation in Sport Club activities.
NOTE: Students in the Freshman Transition and English Language Center programs may NOT participate in games, travel or practice with Sport Clubs.
No experience is necessary, and there is no limit to the amount of clubs you can join. However, some clubs are very competitive and have extensive schedules. If you are not interested in this level of competition or commitment, you can consider participating in Intramural Sports. The majority of clubs encourage novices to join. Sport Clubs are a great way to learn and experience a new sport. Typically, novices are encouraged to join at the beginning of each semester.
Depends on the club and you. Most clubs which require equipment, have a limited amount of entry level equipment for new members to use. Some activities you will need to have your own equipment.
Some clubs choose to conduct tryouts while others do not. Due to financial limitations, many clubs limit the number of members that travel to compete. Try outs or evaluations may be necessary to select traveling teams. In addition, A, B and C squads may be formed based on the size of the club to allow for different levels of competition and participation. Club officers, in accordance with the club's constitution, determine the tryout process.
Costs vary for each club, depending on club activities. Clubs set their own dues. The cost of being a part of a sport club greatly varies depending on which club you are interested in joining. Because most clubs are financially supported by the Student Government Association, dues are limited and range from $0-$1,000 per year. Additional costs could be added depending on gear, travel and other activities. Clubs try to limit out of pocket expenses by participating in various fundraisers. For more information on the specifics of what it costs to participate in a club, contact the club directly.
Sport Clubs are funded by the Student Government Association. Individual clubs are allocated funds by the Sport Club Council, and all clubs in good standing have the option to request funding. Any financial support gives is to be looked upon as a subsidy, with the remaining costs being paid by the club members and/or the club's general account. Clubs raise money through fundraisers, alumni donations, and membership dues.
The Sport Club professional staff creates the practice schedule based on club requests. Clubs are responsible for organizing and planning individual club practices and workouts. Most clubs practice 2-4 times/week for 1-2 hours. Practice attendance may be considered when selecting squads and traveling teams.
Most practices are held on-campus, however some clubs practice off campus. These clubs include Ice Hockey (M & W), Baseball, Softball, Equestrian & Gymnastics. In most cases clubs coordinate car pools to off campus practice locations.
Sport Club teams participate in a number of leagues and are members of various associations that operate under the direction of each respective sport’s national governing body. Sport Clubs competes against other recognized intercollegiate club sports programs. Such teams include: UMD, American, Rutgers, George Washington, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Navy, NC State, Temple and many more. In addition, many of our club teams compete regionally and nationally. In the past clubs, have qualified for nationals held in locations such as Ft. Lauderdale, FL; San Diego, CA; St. Louis, MO, and Lexington, KY.
Our teams regularly attend league and regional championships. Several have attended the National Championships for their respective sports in recent years. Most sports clubs compete at Division 1 or 2 levels.
The clubs are student led and coached by students or adult volunteers. In some cases, coaches are paid.
Yes. Clubs coordinate and host several tournaments and home events each year. Most are even open to the public! These competitions also make for great spectating opportunities.
Information can be found on the club’s website or social media account, by emailing the club contact and by inquiring in person at the Sport Clubs Office.
Don’t see your sport listed? First, check to see if your sport is a student organization at Towson University, but not a recognized through Campus Recreation. A listing of all student organizations can be found through Involved at TU.
To form a new club or apply for Sport Clubs Organization (SCO) recognition please reference procedures within the Sport Clubs Handbook.
Yes, however restrictions are in place. Reference the Intramural Sports Captain's Manual for more information.
The Sport Clubs Organization is the governing body for all sport clubs. Each club must send a representative to all Sport Club Organization (SCO) Meetings
The Sport Clubs Council (SCC) is the executive board of the Sport Clubs Organization (SCO). Three students from various clubs are elected to the Sport Club Council (SCC), and two are appointed by the Assistant Director. The SCC sanctions clubs for violations of SCO policies, advises on policy changes, and approves supplemental funding.
For non-emergencies, all sport club members are encouraged to see the Campus Recreation Athletic Trainer in Room 101 of Burdick Hall for triage, basic care and referrals. Call 410-704-3304 or email sportsclubmedical AT_TOWSON in advance to make an appointment. Club members may be referred to physicians, physical therapists, and other specialists as needed who are on campus during the work week.
Before evaluation or treatment by a Campus Recreation Athletic Trainer, athletes will be required to create an ATS portal account and complete a medical history packet that includes past medical history, family history, and any orthopedic injuries.
For life threatening emergencies, call 911.
All possible concussions MUST be reported to the Campus Recreation Athletic Trainer
Insurance & Billing
Personal insurance will be billed and/or copays collected for all referrals. Each athlete must have their own insurance, and will be billed for any services including physician visits, medical procedures, durable medical equipment, and any physical therapy that is required. Each athlete will be billed for anything that their insurance does not cover.
Practice & Event Schedules
Interested in joining a club? Club practice schedules are available below. Please note that practice schedules are subject to change without notice. Please contact the club for updates.
Clubs coordinate and host several tournaments and home events each year. Most are even open to the public! These competitions also make for great spectating opportunities. A comprehensive list of events for the semester can be found below. Game times usually start 30 minutes to one hour after the indicated time listed in the chart.
Event schedules are subject to change without notice. Please refer to our social media accounts for the latest updates.
Clubs are run by student officers. The officers are responsible for the successful operation of the club including but not limited to budgeting, scheduling practices, coordinating league schedules, planning events, fundraising, policy adherence and communicating with Sport Club Supervisors and the Sport Clubs professional staff. Forms, resources and important policies related to club management are located below.
Our goal is to provide every individual with the best experience possible while visiting our campus. In this packet, you will find important information for your upcoming club event at Towson University. Please share this information with your teammates and coaches, so that we can assure a safe & fun experience.
The Sport Clubs Office is located within the Construction Trailer at the corner of Linthicum Drive and University Avenue on the Towson University campus.
Donate to Sport Clubs
Some clubs are able to accept donations online. Gifts are tax deductible as allowed by law. Please consult your tax advisor.
Jeff Keenan, Assistant Director, Competitive Sports
Email: jkeenan AT_TOWSON