The Club Sports Program promotes participation in a wide variety of activities, complementing the University’s Intramural Sports Program and Varsity Athletic Program. Sports Teams participate in extramural collegiate games and practice with or without the support of a recognized coach. Club Sports are designed to help students develop leadership, financial, and organizational management skills through the opportunity to create, organize, and run their own clubs. The club itself will determine the length and type of game schedule to participate in, as well as the amount of scheduled, organized practices. The Department of Intramurals provides advisement and administrative assistance to clubs, but the emphasis is placed on student leadership and involvement, with the success of each club dependent on the dedication and commitment of its student leaders and members. All Club Sports are required to adhere to the policies set forth by the Department of Intramurals & Club Sports as well as some policies set in force by the Department of Student Activities.
Anyone interested in organizing a Club Sports Team can use this Checklist to get started. It outlines the steps necessary to start a new team. Student leaders for current club teams can use this form at the beginning of each semester: Club Sport Requirement for Current Teams
The following is a list of responsibilities that the Department of Intramurals & Club Sports will use to assess each club team. In order to be considered in good standing, a club team must meet all criteria and guidelines set forth.
All sport clubs will fall under the direct guidance of the Office of Intramurals & Club Sports. The Director serves as a resource person to help provide direction and continuity to the club. He/she can contribute valuable knowledge and experience related to University operations and policies. The Director may be called upon to give input and/or feedback regarding the programs and activities of the club, but his/her foremost task is to facilitate self-government by the students while providing help or guidance as needed. The Director is also responsible for verifying the club team roster which includes verifying enrollment and GPA. While the Department provides advisement and administrative assistance to club teams, the emphasis is placed on student leadership and involvement, with the success of each club dependent on the dedication and commitment of its student leaders and team members. Responsibilities include:
While each club team may choose whether it wishes to have a coach or instructor, the Department of Intramurals recommends that competitive teams have a coach who is at least 21 years of age (This may be a requirement of some leagues or conferences.) The Department of Intramurals is not responsible for the selection, training, supervision, or compensation of coaches or instructors. They should be selected on the basis of their expertise and experience in the sport, certifications as appropriate, personal references, and their perceived ability to relate to club members. It is suggested that the club provide the coach/instructor with a position description that includes his/her responsibilities and authority. Several forms, including a Coach/Instructor Application and a Club and Coach/Instructor Agreement, are available for club use.
The responsibilities of the coach/instructor should include:
If you have questions regarding the Club Sports Program, please contact J.R. Lowery at John.Lowery@fairmontstate.edu or (304) 333-3776.
All forms are located in ImLeagues and should be completed electronically.