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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Involvement, 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:
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.