Campus Recreation reveals Club Sports
Published: Thursday, October 10, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 10, 2013 14:10
Campus Recreation is pleased to reveal their new Club Sports program.
It first surfaced in discussion about two years ago, but quickly developed steam in the last year. Carol Cummings was chosen to be director of the Club Sports Program and it is set to begin in the fall of 2013.
“A Club Sport is an organization of students formed for the purpose of engaging in competition in a particular athletic activity with other institutions of higher education,” Director of Recreation Carol Cummings said. “Club Sports participants engage in physical competition rather than academic contests.”
The Club Sports program should provide tremendous opportunity for Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) as well as the University.
“It has really taken the last 12 months of serious planning to set up a program that the University can be proud of,” Cummings said. “The committee decided to start with a manageable number of club teams to ensure success and real administrative support for those students who were serious about club participation.”
In the 2013-2014 year, six open club sports programs were available for application from RSOs seeking to achieve Club Sport Status and two other programs maintain permanent membership.
“There are two levels of Club Sports: Established and Developing club sports.” Cummings said.
“The two established club sports are: rugby and spirit groups (cheer, dance, mascots). Developing club sports that have achieved Club status in the “First Inaugural Year” are: cricket, shooting, softball, men’s soccer, softball, ultimate frisbee, and quidditch.”
“I am happy the school is starting this program,” Head Coach of Red Wolf Ultimate Frisbee Ronald Short said. “The school’s support means a lot for our organization. It will allow us to go and compete on a collegiate level. Plus, it is nice knowing we have a network off faculty that believes in its students.”
The Club Sport program is a middle ground between RSOs and National Athletics (football, basketball, etc.).
It has a structure that will promote the athletic passions of Arkansas State students in their prospective sport as they attempt to compete across the nation.
“In addition to the competitive aspect of club sports, the program gives students an opportunity to contribute to the development of student leadership, learn responsibility, encourages a healthy lifestyle, and have ownership of their success (and/or mistakes),” Cummings said.
“Clubs are meant to be a learning experience for the members through their involvement in fund-raising, public relations, organization, administration, budgeting and scheduling.”
In addition to the framework and structure, the program will provide support for Club Sports Programs.
“The clubs will receive administrative support, limited financial support, and use of university facilities,” Cummings said.
For all those who are interested in participating in Club Sports, the window to apply is closed for the 2013-2014 school year, but that gives your organization the opportunity to get organized and apply for Club Sport status next school year.
Refer to the website for application information, eligibility, and other concerns: http://www.astate.edu/a/campus-recreation/club-sports/