FAQ

What are Club Sports?
What is the difference between Club Sports and varsity athletics or intramural sports?
Who is eligible to participate?
How do I join a club?
Do I need experience? Are there tryouts?
What is the cost to join a club?
What is the time committment in belonging to a club?
When are club practices?
The sport I want to play isn't listed, how do I start a new club?

For current club members:

I turned in an eligibility form last year, do I need to turn in a new one this year?
How do I deposit money from dues or fundraising?
How do I order equipment and supplies?
My club is traveling overnight. How do I book hotels?


Q: What are Club Sports?

Answer:
Club Sports are student run groups that participate in competitive or instructional sporting activity within the Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation. They hold practices, compete, and engage in skill instruction. Since all clubs are run by members, each club culture is unique. If the topics below don't answer your additional questions, please consult our handbook, or call the Club Sports office at 781.736.3669.

Q: What is the difference between Club Sports and varsity athletics or intramural sports?

Answer:
Club Sports is almost a compromise between varsity athletics and intramural sports. Clubs hold practices like varsity sports, and most clubs have coaches. Most of our clubs also compete against other schools. But, unlike varsity athletics, club members have more flexibility with their participation. Each member can decide on their own how much time to invest in the club. Similar to intramural sports, club sports are for pure recreation, even if they happen to be competitive clubs. Clubs generally practice two or three times per week, so the time committment, even for someone who attends every practice, is far less than a varsity sport.

Q: Who is eligible to participate?

Answer:
All current members of the Brandeis community are eligible; undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff. Alumni are not eligible. Some leagues may prohibit all but undergraduate students from competition.

Q: How do I join a club?

Answer:
It's as simple as just showing up. Almost. Each club dictates what it takes to be an official member of the club. Usually that means showing up to a certain percentage of club activities. Beyond that, all you need is to have turned in an eligibility form, and you're a member.

Q: Do I need experience? Are there tryouts?

Answer:
The short answer to both is no. Clubs are not permitted to hold tryouts for the purposes of making roster cuts. Anybody who wishes to belong to the club may do so. Experience is likely to get you more playing time in our competitive clubs, but it is not necessary.

Q: What is the cost to join a club?

Answer:
That depends on the club, and your level of involvement. Many of our clubs have no out-of-pocket expense to their members. Some of our more active clubs do require that members chip in for travel expenses, which are generally not fully funded by club budgets.

Q: What is the time committment in belonging to a club?

Answer:
That depends on the club, and how active you want to be in it. Most clubs practice two or three times per week, and compete once per week during their competitive seasons. Members who attend more practices are most likely to travel to away competitions and recieve more playing time, but all clubs understand that everyone has other time committments. Having a leadership role within the club will certainly increase your time committment, but generally, a student who is fully invested in the club will spend between 5-10 hours per week engaged in club activity.

Q: When are club practices?

Answer:
Most clubs practice in the afternoon and evening. Practice times change throughout the year, so the best thing to do is to refer to a club's web page.

Q: The sport I want to play isn't listed, how do I start a new club?

Answer:
Before you attempt to start a new club in our program, you should first know that we don't duplicate any varsity sports. If you're still interested, then the thing to do is get yourself chartered with the Student Union. (They will provide the guidance on that process.) Once you've established yourself as a club, demonstrated the ability to sustain interest, and met our other criteria, you can request to petition the Club Sports Council. The Council is made up of seven club leaders, and is the body that approves any changes to the program.

Q: I turned in an eligibility form last year, do I need to turn in a new one this year?

Answer:
Yes. For liability purposes, a new form must be turned in each year, and for every different sport.

Q: How do I deposit money from dues or fundraising?

Answer:
Bring it in to the Club Sports office. Off-campus banking is prohibited, so all financial transactions are handled by the Club Sports Coordinator. Your money will be accessible as soon as you've dropped it off.

Q: How do I order equipment or supplies?

Answer:
Fill out and submit a purchase request form. All purchases must be done by the Club Sports Coordinator.

Q: My club is travelling overnight. How do I book hotels?

Answer:
First, call the hotel and make the appropriate arrangements. Book everything just as if you were going to pay for it, but let the hotel know that someone will contact them to arrange payment. Then, contact the Club Sports Coordinator, who will make payment arrangements. You are likely going to have to provide your credit card information when you book the rooms, but your card WILL NOT be charged. If possible, the department credit card will be used. If not, then we will pay by check. Be advised that if a check is required, it takes at least three weeks to get a check to any vendor.