Q: What is the difference bewteen Club Sports and Intramurals?
A: Club Sport practices, meetings, competitions and fundraisers are led by club officers and club members. Club Sports practice multiple times per week and travel to compete against other schools' club sport teams. Intramurals consist of UCI students, faculty and staff that compete against each other in organized leagues developed through UCI Campus Recreation.
Q: What is the difference between Club Sports and the Varsity Athletic program?
A: Club Sports are student ran organizations. Therefore all operational components will be handled through the student club officers/participants. Club Sports teams are competitive and are primarily self-funded by club fundraisers and membership dues. Clubs compete against other university club teams throughout the academic year. Varsity athletic sports are housed in the Athletic Department and compete in NCAA competition while receiving state funds.
Q: How do I find more information and contact information for the clubs at UCI?
A: Contact names and email addresses for each club are located on the individual club pages - links are to the right. You can always contact Sport Club Staff if you have any questions about a specific club.
Q: Are there fees to participate with clubs?
A: Yes. There is a Campus Recreation registration fee of $10 per student per year. Being that these clubs are student ran organizations, individual clubs may decide to incorporate player fees or dues to account for yearly expenses. These fees may be used to pay for travel, uniforms, equipment, facilities, or possible referee fees.
Q: What is the time commitment?
A: Club sport teams participate by competing against other schools in regional leagues or national conferences, and play full seasons with National Championship Opportunities. Practice times vary by club. Most practices are 2-3 times a week for about two hours per practice. Clubs determine the number of practices a member must attend
Q: How do I join a Club Sport team?
A: UCI students and UCI Faculty/Staff that are Anteater Recreation Center members are eligible to participant on Club Sport teams. Every participant must complete and sign a Club Sport Registration/Waiver of Liability form prior to participation. All members are required to complete an online training and Club Sport Participation Agreement. Registration can take place in person at Campus Recreation Services or online here.
Q: Do I need to know how to play the sport?
A: You do not need to know how to play the sport of the team you wish to join- "No Experience Necessary!" However, depending on the sport, if you wish to compete on the traveling/competitive/’A' team, experience is most likely necessary. For example, if you wish to play a highly popular sport like club soccer, you will need previous experience with the sport in order to make the traveling team. Other teams, like archery or fencing require little to no experience at all.
Q: Who is eligible to compete as a Club Sport member?
A: All regularly enrolled UCI students with current student identification are eligible for Club Sport membership. All current University employees with Anteater Recreation Center membership are eligible for limited Club Sport membership. Non-UCI students are prohibited from participation in some clubs. The following persons are ineligible from joining Club Sport teams: non-University affiliated members, Alumni, Extension students and ESL students.
Q: What kind of leadership opportunities exist for me in the Club Sport program?
A: Sport clubs provide students excellent leadership opportunities. Most clubs have a full slate of officers (President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer). Some clubs also have additional officers depending on the needs of their organization. Additionally, all sport club members are eligible to run for a position on the Sport Club Executive Council (President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer). The program also provides members with the opportunity to participate in special recreation projects and/or committees.
Q: How do I start a new club?