Learn more about Sport Clubs through our comprehensive FAQ below. For any additional questions please contact sportclubs AT_TOWSON.
Sport Clubs Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between sport clubs and intramural sports?
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.
What is the difference between a sport club and a varsity ICA/NCAA program?
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.
How do clubs operate?
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.
How does an inactive club become active?
- Has a minimum two administrative officers
- Has a minimum of ten full participating members on their roster and medically cleared (if applicable)
- Has at least two active Safety & Facility Officers
- Has an updated Involved@TU profile
- Has picked up their First Aid Kit
- Has been actively practicing, a minimum of one practice a week for two weeks, unless otherwise approved by the Assistant Director
Who can join a club?
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.
I don't know how to play that sport. Can I still join the club?
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.
Do I have to have my own equipment to join a club?
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.
Do I have to try out?
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.
Are there fees to join?
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. Clubs pay dues through the TU Campus Rec portal. To see a sampling of club dues per semester log-in to the portal and then click programs. You can filter by the Sport Clubs Classification.
How are sport clubs funded?
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.
How often are practices? When are they held?
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 club practice schedules are available on the Club Directory & Schedules page. Please note that practice schedules are subject to change without notice. Please contact the club for updates.
Where are practices held?
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. Most club practice schedules are available on the Club Directory & Schedules page. Please note that practice schedules are subject to change without notice. Please contact the club for updates.
Who do you play?
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.
How competitive are the sport clubs?
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.
Are there coaches?
The clubs are student led and coached by students or adult volunteers. In some cases, coaches are paid.
Are games or tournaments held on campus?
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. A comprehensive list of events for the semester can be found on our Google Docs spreadsheet. Game times usually start 30 minutes to one hour after the indicated time listed in the chart.
How do I learn about a specific sport club?
If you are interested in joining a sport club, please email the appropriate club contact for additional information such as practice times, locations and fees. In addition, most clubs have websites and/or social media sites which are accessible through the directory.
Once you’ve decided to join a club, log-in to IM Leagues to sign-up. Detailed instructions on how to complete the sign-up process is available at How to Join a Club on IMLeagues (PDF). Participants under the age of 18 will need to complete and turn in a “paper waiver”, which are available on the Directory page under each club.
Several clubs have been deemed “high impact” by TU Sports Medicine. Members of high impact clubs need to be medically cleared before they can participate in club activities. High Impact clubs include:
Men's Rugby, Women's Rugby, Men's Lacrosse, Men's Ice Hockey, Women's Ice Hockey, Boxing & Gymnastics. Detailed instructions on how to complete the medical clearance process is available at Medical Clearance Instructions (PDF).
How do I form a new club?
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.
Can I be a member of a sport club and play intramural sports?
Yes, however restrictions are in place. Reference the Intramural Sports Participants Manual for more information.
What is the Sport Clubs Organization (SCO)?
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
What is the Sport Clubs Council?
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.
What if I get injured while participating in Sport Club activities?
All sport club members have access to the Sport Clubs Athletic Trainer!
For non-emergencies, all Sport Club members are encouraged to see the Campus Recreation Athletic Trainer in Room 139 of Burdick Hall for triage, basic care and referrals. Make an appointment online at the Athletic Training Scheduling Page. 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 injuries 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. Sport Clubs provides catastrophic injury coverage only.
What does it mean when a Club is "INACTIVE"?
A club is deemed inactive when the active requirements are not met in the previous semester or has been suspended by the Sport Club Council. Inactive clubs may not practice, compete, meet, hold events or otherwise be active.