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Sport Clubs: Frequently Asked Questions

Please direct additional questions to sportclubs@richmond.edu.

How do I join a sport club?

In order to join a club, check the full list of active sport clubs. With each link you will find contact information for the desired club. Contact the president and they will be able to give you all the information to join their club.

What kind of sport clubs does the University of Richmond sponsor?

Our program sponsors men's, women's, and co-recreational teams in sports ranging from soccer to ultimate frisbee to ice hockey. Check out our list of active sport clubs to find out whether we have your sport.

I don't see my sport on the list. How can I start a team?

First, it's a good idea to gauge student interest in your club. Once you've established that people are interested, you must meet with the director of Student Activities to discuss the procedures for becoming a student organization. After you have received student organization status, contact the Seth Thomas, Assistant Director of Sports. We’ll guide you through the sport club renewal process. After you’ve completed the renewal process, we'll invite you to our next council meeting to introduce your club. The council will vote on whether to approve your club the following meeting.

How often do sport clubs practice and compete?

The number of weekly practices and competitions vary widely for each club. Some clubs practice up to five days a week and compete every weekend, while others practice just one day a week and compete once a semester. You can contact the club president of the team that you are interested in to find out specific practice and competition information.

How much does it cost to participate in a sport club?

All University of Richmond students are eligible to participate in the sport club program for free. Most clubs do, however, require that members pay annual or semester dues. Some clubs also require specific equipment that may cause members to incur additional expenses. Costs vary widely for each club, so contact the sport club president to find out specific information and to discuss special circumstances.

What kind of leadership opportunities exist for me in the sport club program?

Sport clubs provide students excellent leadership opportunities. Most clubs have a full slate of officers (president, vice president, secretary, 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, treasurer). The program also provides members with the opportunity to participate in special recreation projects and/or committees.

What does the future hold for sport clubs at the University of Richmond?

The University of Richmond plans to be a national leader in the development of sport clubs. Sport clubs are highly beneficial to students and the University; they promote social and academic interaction among people from a broad range of backgrounds and encourage healthy lifestyles that inspire academic productivity and personal growth. Given these benefits as well as the rapid growth of sport club programs nationally, the University will generously support our clubs and provide ample resources for our programs to flourish.

How will increased support for sport clubs impact student life, satisfaction, and success?

We anticipate increased resources will equal increased impact in the following areas:

  • Student recruitment/retention: Successful clubs and inspired coaches will help with recruitment and retention of students.
  • Connections and support system: First-year students make an immediate connection while teammates and coaches provide a much needed support system.
  • Leadership opportunities: Sport clubs help prepare students to live lives of purpose and become responsible leaders in society.
  • Health and well-being: Participation in sport clubs promotes physical fitness, relieves stress, and helps students with their emotional and psychological well-being.
  • Alumni relations: Increase opportunities for alumni involvement and relations.
What is the Sport Club Tier Classification?

The University of Richmond Sport Club Administration uses a Tier Classification system to allocate annual funds. The tiers range from Tier 1 to Tier 3, with Tier 1 receiving the highest funding allocation.

  • Tier 1: Championship Club
  • Tier 2: Competitive Club
  • Tier 3: Recreational Club

The Tier system for the distribution of funds is designed to encourage club participation in Recreation and Wellness sponsored events, and to help motivate clubs to raise funds and follow policies and procedures. These funds are allocated to the clubs at the beginning of each fiscal year and may be used to the club's discretion, in accordance with University policy. All clubs are unique and have different needs and goals. The classification system was developed to try to meet these needs equitably. Classification systems are becoming popular at many institutions and being established for the following reasons:

  • To provide a system for distributing limited facilities, funds, and resources in a logical manner.
  • To provide club sports with tangible and measurable goals to achieve.
  • To provide specific benefits to sport clubs more successful in fulfilling their responsibilities to their membership.
  • To allow for diverse needs and interests to be accommodated in a fair and equitable way.

Recognizing the uniqueness of each club and the range and level of organization, programming, participation, fundraising, and financial need, the classification system is in place to meet these equitably.

The Assistant Director of Sports is responsible for deciding the tier classification of each club.

For more information please check the Sport Club Policies and Procedures.

What is a Championship Club?

Championship Clubs are flagship programs with the potential for national recognition. Championship Clubs receive the highest level of university funding and administrative support necessary to compete successfully for conference and league championships, national recognition, and to make this a positive and successful experience for the students.

Clubs will not be added to the championship tier each year.  Once the administration has deemed the budget acceptable and identified resources, the administration will approve any mobility.  Once a club has reached Championship level, the club will be on probation for one academic year and may be dropped at any time.  Once the club has completed the probation process, the club will remain a Championship club for three years, and at that time, the club will go through the renewal process.   

University Support Includes:

  • Administration – Marketing, communications, game day, fundraising
  • Volunteer Coaches Funding – Part time (not to exceed 20 hours per week), ensure quality coaching and supervision
  • Laundry Service
  • Athletic Trainers – Available at practices, at competitions, and for consultation
  • Transportation – Safe modes of transportation with paid drivers
  • Uniforms – Official team attire to represent University respectful and proud
  • Game Day Operations – Staff to setup and clean up, announce, and operate scoreboards and stats
  • Sport Club Council Funds
  • Priority Scheduling

Criteria (Clubs must meet 80%)

  • Recognized Sport Club for a minimum of 4 years
  • Maintain an Alumni Advisor or Alumni President
  • Updated constitution on file
  • Established Leadership Council
  • Minimum of 15 Members
  • Paid Coach
  • 8 competitions each year
  • Belongs to a league or a Governing Body
  • Participate in the Letter Writing Campaign
  • Collected Dues
  • 100% Attendance at Council Meetings
  • Participate in Annual Events

For more information please check the Sport Clubs Policies and Procedures.

Do sport club athletes have access to an athletic trainer?

Yes. The University of Richmond's Recreation and Wellness Department is fortunate to have a Sport Club Athletic Training Facility and a full-time, Head Sport Club Athletic Trainer. The Athletic Trainer has regular office hours which are open to ALL sport club athletes on a first come, first serve basis. The presence of an Athletic Trainer at practices and competitions is mandatory for high risk sports such as rugby, ice hockey, and men's lacrosse. All other clubs may request an athletic trainer for any home competitions. The sport club administration values a proactive approach to risk management to provide a safe environment for the participants.

For more information, please contact the Head Sport Club Athletic Trainer, Wendy Sheppard.

Where can visiting teams find information?

Check out our visiting team guide to find useful information about our facilities and the Richmond area. We welcome you and hope you enjoy your visit!