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Club Sports is an athletic program at the University of Oregon, supporting many Olympic and non-NCAA affiliated sport clubs. Many clubs are associated with regional and national sport governing bodies such as Pac-8 Hockey, USA Ultimate, and Northwest Collegiate Cycling Conference. A program of the Erb Memorial Union (EMU), Club Sports provides a sports and experiential leadership opportunity for UO students.
Clubs are initiated and run by club officers, with support from program staff at the EMU’s Clubhouse.
Through involvement, club athletes have the opportunity to:
- Develop a lifelong passion for an active lifestyle
- Represent the University of Oregon as athletes
- Develop friendship and community
- Develop professional skills
How many club sports are offered?
The program currently supports 40 member clubs, totaling 1100 club athletes.
Who can be a member?
Membership is available to incidental fee-paying students of the University of Oregon. Faculty and staff can participate in clubs that do not have intercollegiate eligibility requirements.
How can you become a member?
UO students should contact club leaders directly for more information about membership and practice times. The best way to do that is to visit the Get Involved website and sign up for an Org Sync account. You can connect with Club Sports, and many other student organizations through Org Sync.
How much does it cost?
Many clubs receive funding support from the Club Sports annual budget. However, this support typically only assists with 20-30% of the club’s annual operating costs.
Club members are often required to participate in fundraising activities and pay member dues to support their club’s operations. Higher dues can be expected for club sports that require a lot of equipment, special facilities, and a lot of travel.
Do you need to have experience to join?
Some clubs recruit beginners and teach them the basics of a new sport, while other clubs may require tryouts.
Do clubs have coaches?
The program does not fund or hire coaches. Therefore, coaching and instruction services vary from club to club. Most coaches volunteer their time. If a club has fundraised funds, they club may decide to hire and pay a qualified individual to serve as a coach/instructor. With a wealth of athletic talent in the community, clubs have been coached by world champion athletes, and former varsity coaches.
How do you start a new club?
Once per year, the program reviews new club requests to determine if there is sufficient student interest and resources to support the activity.
Please note: The program is not considering new clubs during the 2015-2016 academic year. If you have a club you are interested in starting (that is not currently offered), please check back with us in spring 2016 for recognition process updates.
What’s the Clubhouse?
You’ll find club members playing in many places on campus. The Clubhouse, located at Erb Memorial Union (EMU South) serves as the primary hub of club operations.
Club officers visit the Clubhouse for support with:
Club development advising
Special event planning
Driver training class registration
Club mail/fax/phone access
Where is the Clubhouse located?
The Erb Memorial Union (EMU) has served as “basecamp” for Club Sports operations for over 30 years. The Clubhouse is currently located in McArthur Court (1st level) as we wait for the EMU to be renovated. Stay tuned!
For more information, and to support the project, visit EMU Renovation
Is Club Sports part of the Department of Athletics?
No. Club Sports is not a program of the University of Oregon Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. To learn more about that department, click here.
What other programs are there at the EMU?
As a department of the Division of Student Life, the EMU supports Club Sports, and several other programs, designed to educate and enhance the student experience at the University of Oregon. For more information about other programs available, visit EMU Activities.