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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. What is the difference between sport clubs and intramurals?

This is the number one question we get asked at first-year student orientation. Simply, intramural activities are short-term competitions among Alabama students, faculty, and staff. Sport Clubs are for students who want to enjoy a longer relationship (usually both semesters). Sport clubs practices, meetings, competitions and fundraisers are led by club officers and club members. Sport clubs practice multiple times per week and many travel to compete against other schools' sport club teams. Intramurals consist of Alabama students, faculty and staff that compete against each other in organized leagues and tournaments within the Alabama community on a more recreational level.

2. What is the difference between Sport Club and the varsity athletic program?

Sport clubs are organized and managed by students. They range from competitive to recreational to instructional and are funded by University Recreation, the Student Government Association, club fundraisers, and membership dues. Clubs compete against other university club teams across the Southeast. Varsity athletic sports are housed in the Athletic Department and compete in NCAA competition.

3. How do I find more information and contact information for the clubs at Alabama?

Contact names and email addresses for each club, links to their individual pages, and other club related information are available on this website. You can always contact Sport Club Staff if you have any questions about a specific club.

4. Are the clubs competitive, recreational, or instructional?

There are over 20 clubs at the University of Alabama which provides for a wide variety of activities and recreational pursuits. Some clubs are only competitive, recreational, or instructional while other clubs having a combination of these elements. Contact the club to inquire about its level of competition.

5. Are there fees to participate with clubs?

Since these clubs are student led organizations, we allow the clubs to decide if there will be fees asked of the membership. Most clubs choose to charge membership dues in order to assist with the operating costs of the club. These fees may be used to pay for travel, uniforms, equipment, facilities, or possible referee fees.

6. Do these clubs have try-outs?

Most clubs are open to anyone who either wants to continue an activity they currently participate in or to anyone who wants to try a new sport. However, there are a few clubs that do hold try-outs due to their competitive nature and limited facilities.

7. How do I get scholarship and/or recruitment information?

These clubs are not varsity sports, and most do not have scholarships available. The clubs are funded through membership dues, fundraisers, etc. Many clubs compete competitively (men's soccer and rugby are 2 examples) and others meet solely for recreation. Some of the competitive clubs do recruit and have try-outs. To find out specific information on recruitment and try-outs, contact the club you are interested in.

8. How do I join a club?

Each individual club is responsible for determining its membership requirements and policies. For information on joining a club, contact the club's contact person, as listed on the Contact information page.

9. What is the time commitment?

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.

10. How do I start a Club Sport?

University Recreation is always pleased to add more student activities to its repertoire. All Sport Clubs must first be a registered student organization. These requirements are set up by the Office of Student Life, and include, but are not limited to a list of club officers and a faculty advisor. Those interested in forming a new sport club must adhere to the following guidelines:

Your group must be composed of at least 10 people, be they students, faculty or full-time staff.
No duplication of active sport clubs (i.e., one club per sport).
Meet with the Manager, Intramurals and Sport Clubs to go over new club guidelines.
All clubs must provide the Manager with a current contact person, address and phone number for the fall, spring, and summer.
All sport clubs that wish to receive funding from University Recreation must turn in budgets and requests for funding by the dates set in the University
Recreation Calendar.
Submit a written constitution to the Office of Student Life & University Recreation.
Present documented evidence of prospective members, officers and coaches.
Document potential competitors, either through a governing league or clubs at nearby universities.

11. Where is the Sport Club office located?

The Sport Club Office is located in the University Recreation Center. The office is the first door on the immediate right when you enter the Rec.