Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

Sport Club Tier Definition

The Sport Club Program at The Ohio State University is comprised of three different tiers: Competitive, Recreational, and Instructional.  Each sport club is divided amongst the different tiers dependent upon the qualifications of each tier.  All clubs and their members must abide by the requirements and standards stated under each tier, which you will find below.  

 

Competitive Club Overview 
  • Must be team oriented. Minimum number needed equal the number needed to participate plus half (i.e. basketball needs five (5) plus half (2.5) so they would need eight people minimum)
  • Must be competitive in nature. Primary purpose is to develop and display athletic ability in the context of competition
  • Must compete against other universities in a league either through the governing body (sanctioned league) or clubs at nearby institutions (nearby is defined as in a boarding state) a minimum of seven (7) competitions per academic year. National or regional tournaments do not count.
  • Must be an officiated/umpired sport (i.e. a sport involving certified and recognized individuals in uniform to ac-tively enforce rules, hold participants accountable, and ensure safety of the competition)
  • Must have a nationally recognized governing body
  • Must fall in the medium to extreme category on the McGregor Risk Matrix
  • Cannot be a duplicate or have strong similarities of a current sport club
  • Coaching is strongly recommended by a certified coach(s)
  • Strongly suggested that the sport be an Olympic sport, recognized internationally or by the NCAA
  • Hold practice sessions a minimum of twice a week with the primary practice goal of skill development and preparation for competition
  • The club must be physical and active in nature
  • Must be recognized as a sport club for three (3) consecutive years without any break
  • (Minimum allocation $1000)

*Subject to Recreational Sports approval: Approval can be denied because of the following:   

  1.      Activity involves high liability or risk factors 
  2.      Does not properly represent the Ohio State University student body or is not otherwise in the best interest of the University or Recreational Sports
  3.      Not enough available resources (facility space, funding, and personnel)

Requirements

  • ACS Scores – Maintain a minimum score of 70
  • Meetings – need to attend monthly meetings as well as weekly check-in during active season
  • Risk Manager – Required having two
  • Coaches must attend mandatory meeting, pass background check and have at least one first aid/CPR certified
  • Must be able to financially support all club operations

Benefits:

  1. Baseline testing (Dependent upon placement on the risk matrix)
  2. Paid athletic trainers at home events
  3. First priority when it comes to reserving space
  4. Money for nationals
  5. Use of university branding
  6. Leadership development
  7. Access to professional staff for guidance

Penalty for not meeting requirements:

  1. Club probation within the program
  2. Moved to a different tier within the sport club program
  3. Removal from the sport club program

 

Recreational Club Overview
  • Must have 15 or more active student members at practice on a routine basis
  • Must need Recreational Sports space in order to compete or practice that cannot be obtained through other campus venues
  • May be either team or individual competition
  • Must compete against individual(s) and/or team(s) from a different higher education institution within collegiate recrea-tion in a minimum of three (3) competitions per academic year. National or regional tournaments do not count.
  • Must have a nationally recognized governing body
  • Cannot be a duplicate or have strong similarities of a current sport club
  • Coaching is strongly recommended by a certified coach(s)
  • Strongly suggested that the sport be an Olympic sport, recognized internationally or by the NCAA
  • The primary goal of practice should be skill development and preparation for competition
  • Must fall below the high risk category on the McGregor Risk Matrix
  • The club must be physical and active in nature
  • Must be recognized sport club for two (2) consecutive years without any break
  • (Max allocation $1000 or less)

*Subject to Recreational Sports approval: Approval can be denied because of the following:   

  1.      Activity involves high liability or risk factors 
  2.      Does not properly represent the Ohio State University student body or is not otherwise in the best interest of the University or Recreational Sports
  3.      Not enough available resources (facility space, funding, and personnel)

Requirements

  • ACS Scores – Maintain a minimum score of 70
  • Meetings – Only need to attend the monthly meeting – no weekly meetings
  • Risk Manager – Required having one
  • Coaches must attend mandatory meeting and pass background check
  • Must be able to financially support all club operations

Benefits:

  1. Second priority when it comes to reserving space
  2. Money for nationals
  3. Use of university branding
  4. Leadership development opportunities
  5. Access to professional staff for guidance

Penalty for not meeting requirements:

  1. Club probation within the program
  2. Moved to a different tier within the sport club program
  3. Removal from the sport club program

 

Instructional/Social Club Overview
  • Must need Recreational Sports space in order to compete or practice that cannot be obtained through other campus venues
  • Must have 15 or more active student members at practice on a routine basis
  • May or may not be competitive
  • Must be physical in nature
  • Cannot be a duplicate or have strong similarities of a current sport club
  • More instructional in nature
  • Main purpose is to provide instruction, participation and/or social opportunities for club members.
  • No Allocations

*Subject to Recreational Sports approval: Approval can be denied because of the following:   

  1.      Activity involves high liability or risk factors 
  2.      Does not properly represent the Ohio State University student body or is not otherwise in the best interest of the University or Recreational Sports
  3.      Not enough available resources (facility space, funding, and personnel)

Requirements

  • ACS Scores – Maintain a minimum score of 70
  • Meetings – Only need to attend the monthly meeting – no weekly meetings
  • Risk Managers -  only need one
  • Coaches/Instructors must pass background check and attend mandatory meeting every other year

Benefits

  1. Recreational sports space
  2. Third priority when it comes to reserving space
  3. Leadership development
  4. Access to professional staff for guidance

Penalty for not meeting requirements:

  1. Club probation within the program
  2. Moved to a different tier within the sport club program
  3. Removal from the sport club program

 

How to become a sport club or move up within the tiers

 

Clubs who want to become a sport club must be a current registered student organization in good standing for at least two consecutive semesters. New clubs are eligible for placement in either the recreational or instructional level and must meet the qualifications that are listed in either Article 3 or 4. The Department of Recreational Sports reserves the right to deny any request if it does not meet the mission, vision, and values of the department or meet an athletic purpose.   

 

Please be prepared to present the following to a panel consisting of a combination of: 

  • Competitive Sports Professional Staff (1)
  • Competitive Sports Graduate Assistants (2)
  • Competitive Sports Program Assistants (3 undergraduates)
  • A representative from the Facility Scheduling Office (1 professional)
  • A student representative from University Recreational Sports Committee (RSC) (1 student)
  • A Sport Club Officer (1 student)

This formal presentation should demonstrate the following:

  • The nature of the activity
  • Membership roster and practice logs for a minimum of a year
  • How will the space be utilized
  • Benefits of being a sport club
  • The club’s risk matrix (i.e. steps the club is taking to minimize risk)
  • Data to support the club’s financial stability
  • Coaching credentials if applicable
  • Documentation from your league and national governing body that states you’re a member in good standing

The committee will take the information presented into account. Please be aware that the Department of Recreational Sports has final approval/denial of all groups. Approval can be denied because of the following:

  1. Activity involves high liability or risk factors 
  2. Does not properly represent the Ohio State University student body or is not otherwise in the best interest of the Universi-ty or Recreational Sports
  3. Not enough available resources (facility space, funding, and personnel)

The registration window for doing this is March 25, 2018 through April 8, 2018. This will be the only time applications will be accepted and that the committee will sit for presentations. All presentations will occur on reading day. All decisions will be made by May 5.

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.