Frequently Asked Questons

What are club sports?
Club Sports are a recreational program designed to be an athletic alternative that bridges the gap between existing intramural and intercollegiate programs and have been established to promote and develop the interests and skills of their members. Club Sports in the UMBC Sport Club program are recognized student organizations of athletic or recreation means that are under the supervision and authority of the Athletic Department, which differ from the sports/recreational clubs recognized by the SGA.

What are the differences between Varsity, Intramural and Club Sports?
Varsity Sports
Varsity teams must follow NCAA rules and regulations. Practices and games are mandatory and travel is required to play other universities. Some teams allow walk-on tryouts while others purely recruit. Varsity sports require a full year commitment and often provide scholarships.
Intramural Sports
Intramural Sports are competitive or recreational sports played on campus among other UMBC students, faculty and/or staff. Seasons usually last 1-6 weeks. No travel or practice is required.
Club Sports
Club Sports play other colleges and universities, but are not part of NCAA. They are supported and funded by the Athletic Department. Practices and games are determined by club officers and facility availability. Sport Clubs may not require a full year commitment.

Who can be a member of a club sport?
Any UMBC student, faculty, or staff member.

How do I become a member of a club sport?
Individual sport clubs establish their own membership requirements. Interested persons should contact the club's officers for specific membership information. Please see the club page and/or club website for additional information.

How much does it cost to become a member of a club sport?
Some club sports require dues, which vary in amount, but not all clubs require payment. All clubs receive funding from the Athletic Department, but this funding does not cover all expenses incurred. Dues help pay for the cost of travel, equipment, facility rental, and other expenses. Dues range from $0 to $1800 per academic year.

What kind of commitment is required to participate in club sports?
The level of commitment varies with each club sport. Some require only 1-6 hours a week and are only one semester while other clubs require 7-25 hours a week and practice the entire school year. How much time and effort you commit to the club depends on your schedule and how dedicated you are to the club. Not all clubs require travel and competition.

Where is the Sport Club office, and who may I visit there?
The Sport Club office is located in the Retriever Activities Center on the third floor, in RAC 321. You will find the recreation department staff, including:

  • Mike DArchangelo, Director of Physical Education and Recreation
  • Whitney Smith, Sport Club Coordinator
  • John Jancuska, Physical Education and Recreation Supervisor

How do I start a new club?
Please contact Whitney Smith ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) to discuss being placed on the Sport Clubs Recognition waitlist.

What are some of the places club sports have traveled to?
Although most clubs stay in the region of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Delaware, several clubs have traveled to other states in the midwest, northeast, and even down south, including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Texas, and Missouri.

Who do I contact for information and questions about club sports?
For specific club information please contact the club officers. For general information about club sports you may contact the Sport Club Coordinator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 410.455.2118. The Club Sport office is in RAC 321.

How do I find out where a club meets to practice or work out?
Practice times and location are usually found on the Sport Clubs' individual websites.

How competitive are the club sports?
The level of competitiveness varies with each club. Some have competitions every weekend and others do not compete against other schools at all. Some require only a few hours a week while others are equivalent to a part-time job. Each club's page or website provides information on practice times and competition schedules.

Do sport clubs conduct tryouts?
Generally there are no tryouts for clubs unless the club has to limit the roster number or if the club is highly competitive. Club officers will be able to give membership requirement information.

Do I need experience in order to participate?
It varies, but most clubs encourage students without experience to come out and learn their sport or activity. The following is a list of clubs that require some expertise and previous experience: Ice Hockey, Lacrosse (M), Soccer (M), Soccer (W), Tennis, Wrestling.

Are there academic requirements to join a club sport?
Although the Club Sport Program does not enforce a minimum GPA or credit requirement in order to participate in club sports, some clubs have academic standards that must be met. This is either because of club policies or to fulfill the Club>s league requirements.

What clubs sports does UMBC have?
Please see our list of clubs on the sidebar menu.

Are Club Sport athletes eligible for a Physical Education waiver?
No, only varsity athletes are waived from PE requirements. Other waiver categories are: military, age, and medical.

Do I have to have my own equipment to join a club?
Some clubs provide necessary equipment using club funding while others require members to purchase their own.

How do I get in touch with a coach or club officer for additional information?
You may email the club officers, coach(es) or the general club email account for specific club information. Contact information is found on each Clubs page as well as their website.

How do I find directions to campus or to competition venues?
Please see our Visitor's Guide page for directions to campus as well as club facilities.

How are clubs funded?
Clubs are funded through the following means:

  • Club Sport allocation
  • Donations to Club Sports
  • Club Fundraising projects
  • Club dues or membership fees
  • Some out-of-pocket expenses