Club Sports Groups that organize because of a common interest in a particular sport
Key Aspects of Club Sports • Self-administered/self-regulated • Members seek opportunities for regular participation • Offers more structure than informal sports • Allows more flexibility than intramural sports
Historical Perspectives • Clubs are the forerunner of intramurals, varsity athletics, & formal physical education programs on college campuses • Not limited to college campuses--also found in military, commercial, private & correctional settings • Became popular again in the 1960s
Types of Club Sports • Athletic • Instructional • Social
Factors influencing the type of club that evolves: • Traditions associated with the sport • Interests & abilities of the membership • Capabilities of the leadership • Type & availability of facilities/equipment • Financial support • Proximity of opponents
Administrative Models • Conservative, or formal • Club members have little input • Under direct supervision of staff person • Financial support comes from institution • Purchases require approval • Must have staff advisor • Travel must be approved • Schedules for competition & facilities must be approved • Must have formal documents
Administrative Models • Liberal, or informal approach • Members involved in determining procedures for operations • Clubs receive minimal or no assistance in funding, equipment, facilities, scheduling, etc. • Clubs arrange competitive schedules & coordinate travel arrangements • Members responsible for own insurance
Classification System • Risk Level I • Activities involving deliberate contact • Aikido, lacrosse, fencing, water polo, scuba, equestrian, wrestling, etc.
Classification System • Risk Level II • Risks associated with these activities often pertain to their geographical location • Cycling, fishing, crew, soccer, ultimate frisbee, etc.
Classification System • Risk Level III • Traditionally not a high prevalence of injury, nor inherent risk in these sports • Badminton, dance, table tennis, billiards, bowling, etc.
Eligibility Affiliation Meetings Facilities/Equipment Insurance Travel Operational Guidelines
Safety Schedules Instruction/Coaching Publicity/Promotion Finance Conduct/Governance Program Assistance Operational Guidelines