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Common Sport Club Questions

What are sport clubs?

Sport clubs provide opportunities for students, faculty and staff with similar interests to participate in various sport and recreational activities. Sport clubs bridge the gap between intramural and intercollegiate athletics by providing competition at specialized levels, participation in tournaments and opportunities to practice. Although some clubs remain solely recreational, most are highly competitive.

Club privileges include: 
  • the use of the Ohio State name
  • a small budget allotted by the Council of Student Activities and the Department of Recreational Sports
  • athletic facilities when available. 

Most clubs supplement their budget through membership fees and fundraising.

What can sport clubs do for me?

Rec Sports' Sport Club 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, by students, under the supervision of the sport club director and staff.

Clubs members nominate student officers who run the day-to-day operations, which include scheduling practices, activities and games, contracting trainers and referees, arranging transportation, and budgeting.

How do I become a member? 

Individual sport clubs establish their own membership requirements, dues, and club activities. All programs are available to students, faculty, and staff of The Ohio State University. Interested persons should contact the clubs' president for specific membership information.

How are sport clubs developed?

A club usually develops when several students express a desire to participate in a particular sport activity. A desire to fill the need for a uniquely structured sport activity that may be competitive, recreational, or instructional in nature. To be recognized as a sport club, a group must provide a valid service to the Ohio State community and must adhere to the governing policies established by sport club director, the Department of Recreational Sports, and Student Organizational Services.The sport club must have the potential to compete in a physical activity, but competition is not mandatory.

How do I obtain website space?

All clubs have the option of using a different website provider, or hiring someone outside the university to host or perform maintenance on their website. However, we can offer web site space to our clubs. Contact the Office of Information Technology at 688-HELP or visit their website.