Frequently Asked Questions
What are club sports?
Club sports provide opportunities for students, faculty, and staff with similar interests to participate in various sport and recreational activities. Club sports bridge the gap between intramural and intercollegiate athletics by providing competition at specialized levels, participation in tournaments, and opportunities to travel. Although some clubs remain solely recreational, many are competitive.
Why should I join a club sport?
Vanderbilt’s Club Sports program gives students an opportunity to take part in the leadership, responsibility, and decision-making process of club activities. The success of the club is dependent on the professionalism and leadership shown by the club officers, advisors, and coaches. It is created for students and by students, under the supervision of the Club Sports professional staff. Clubs members nominate and elect student officers who run the day-to-day operations, which includes scheduling practices/activities/games, contracting trainers and referees, arranging transportation, and budgeting.
Who is eligible to join a club sport?
Club sports participation is open to all full-time and part-time students, faculty and staff. However, eligibility for competition may have separate guidelines, as determined by the club’s governing body (if applicable).
Are there membership fees to join?
In most cases, clubs charge membership dues (either on a yearly or semester basis) that covers or defers the costs of uniforms, equipment, and travel. Dues vary in range as the specific amount is determined by the club. Non-VU students, faculty or staff, or community members, who would like to be part of a club sport, must possess a VRWC membership.
Are there tryouts?
Some clubs host tryouts due to limited space and equipment or to establish a competition/travel roster. Some clubs have multiple teams that compete on varying levels to encourage higher participation. Please email the club president to find out more information about tryouts. Club contact information can be found on the Join a Club page.
What is the time commitment?
Practice times vary by club. Most clubs practice 2-3 times a week for about two hours per practice. Clubs determine the specific dates and times of practice each semester, and may determine a number of practices a member must attend.
How can I start a new club?
We recognize other sport-related student organizations might wish to seek Club Sports status. Student groups must be active organizations through the Dean of Students and Anchorlink, and have a minimum of 10 interested students, 2 of which are willing to serve as officers, before applying to become a club sport. For more information on the requirements and application process to become a club sport, please reference the club sports handbook and contact the Club Sports Professional Staff to obtain the link to the online application.