What is the difference between Sport Clubs and Intramural Sports?

Sport Clubs provide students the opportunity to find community while continuing to compete in the sports they love, or try new sports.  Clubs practice regularly throughout the academic year, compete against other institutions, pay dues, and focus on skill development.    Sport Clubs are student run and provide officers the opportunity to learn fundamentals in organization, budgeting, leadership, and management.  Intramural Sports provides students, faculty, and staff the opportunity for competition and fun in a variety of team sports. On-Campus leagues provide participants the chance to be both competitive and social, seasons typically last 6 weeks.  Intramural Sports are more recreational in nature than Sport Clubs.

What is the difference between Sport Clubs and Athletics?

Sport Clubs are organized and led by student officers. They range from competitive to recreational and are funded primarily by membership dues and fundraising with limited financial support from University Recreation and the Student Government Association.  Some Sport Clubs have tryouts, but many are instructional and will teach members to play their sport.  Clubs compete against other institutions’ club from across the Southeast.  Sport Clubs do not offer scholarships unlike Athletics. Intercollegiate Athletics Teams are housed in the Athletics Department and compete in NCAA competition. Athletics teams have paid coaches, scholarships, and generally compete in the Southeastern Conference.

How do I find more information and contact information for the Sport Clubs at Alabama?

 Contact information for current clubs is available on their webpages under Sport Clubs; these pages also include information on how to specifically get involved with each club, estimated dues, practice locations, and social media information.  Specific information about a club will best be answered by contacting them directly, but if you do not receive a timely response or have more general questions please reach out to the Competitive Sports Staff at SportClubs@ua.edu.

Are the clubs competitive, recreational, or instructional?

Every Sport Club at the University of Alabama is student led, creating 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. Visit the Sport Clubs page for more information on a specific club or contact them directly.

Are there fees to participate with clubs?

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, referees, or other costs.  Dues vary largely from club to club; please see the estimated dues on the Sport Clubs page. Teams may receive allocations, fund-raise, or receive donations to offset some costs.

Do these clubs have try-outs?

Some 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 many clubs that do hold try-outs due to their competitive nature and limited facilities. There may be a fee associated with the try-out. To find out specific information on try-outs visit the Sport Clubs page for more information on a particular club or contact them directly.

How do I get scholarship and/or recruitment information?

Sport Clubs are not varsity sports, and do not have scholarships available. The clubs are funded through membership dues, fundraisers, and small allocations. Many clubs compete competitively, while others meet solely for recreation or instructional purposes. Some of the competitive clubs do recruit and have try-outs.

How do I join a club?

Each club is responsible for determining its membership requirements and policies. For information on joining a club, visit the Sport Clubs page for more information on a specific club.

What is the time commitment?

Practice times vary by club. Most practices are 2-3 times a week for two hours per practice. Clubs determine the number of practices a member must attend.

The sport I am interested in is not listed.  How do I start a Club Sport?

Starting a Sport Club requires time and effort, but can be accomplished through the dedication of a small group of students.  Please contact us at SportClubs@ua.edu if you and some friends are interested in starting on the journey to become a Sport Club.  We will set up an initial meeting to discuss requirements such as finding an interest group of 10+ students, identifying a national governing body, researching potential opponents, becoming a registered student organization, finding a faculty adviser, and creating a constitution.

Still have questions?

The Sport Club Handbook contains policies governing participation in Sport Clubs and is a helpful resource for understanding various aspects of the program. If you cannot find the answer to your question, please contact the Competitive Sports Office at SportClubs@ua.edu or 205–348–8055.