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 a competitive club and an intramural club?
While each club sport engages in athletic activity, the goal of competitive clubs is to compete against other local, regional, and national universities. Instructional clubs meet and practice for the reason of experience and involvement in the sport. Occasionally, instructional clubs attend tournaments and seminars in order to establish rank within the sport.
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?
As UMBC Student Government Association recognizes organizations, Club Sports are open to all eligible members. While some club memberships are free, others may require fees involved for training, equipment, and other expenses.
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:
- Gary Wohlstetter, Senior Associate Athletic Director, Recreation and Physical Education
- Kristen Alexander, Club Sport Coordinator
- John Jancuska, Physical Education and Club Sport Coordinator
How do I start a new club?
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?
Stop by the Recreation office, RAC 321. Call 410-455-2205/2638 or visit the Club Sports website: www.umbc.edu/sportsclubs
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?
UMBC Club Sports are open to any individual member based on the constitution of the club. Membership will not be based upon tryouts or ability in the sport. Participation in competition, however, may be limited due to league requirements or size constraints.
Do I need experience in order to participate?
The main goal of every sport club is to heighten the awareness of the sport and generate interest. To most effectively reach these goals, UMBC Club Sports are open to individuals of all ability levels. The clubs encourage new members, with little or no experience, to join.
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