Our FAQ section addresses common concerns or inquiries that visitors may have. If your question is not addressed here or you require additional assistance, please contact the Rec Office or the club contact of the sport you are interested in.
Varsity programs are the responsibility of Intercollegiate Athletics and are funded through the Athletic department's budget. Club sports are under the direct supervision of the Department of Campus Recreation and funded entirely through student activity fees collected by Student Services, Inc. Each club also assesses membership dues and club fundraising activities.
While they are not considered official intercollegiate teams, our competitive sports clubs compete at the Division 1 Sports Club level in tournaments and through their sports governing bodies.
Competitive clubs are primarily traditional sport teams that play against fellow institutions, traveling off campus and hosting games on or off campus. Instructional and recreational clubs are largely based on campus. Individuals may join a club sport to learn a new skill, such as fencing. Individuals may choose to enter open tournaments. However, participants in these club sports may decide to never compete, and remain non-competitive, and more performance based.
West Chester's competitive sports clubs regularly attend their sports league and regional championships, and several have attended the National Championship Tournaments for their respective sports in recent years. As stated above, our competitive club sports participate in the Division 1 Sports Clubs status. These clubs have traveled to Colorado, Florida, Texas and Kentucky.
Our club sports compete against local, regional and national opponents each year, and are members of a number of leagues and associations that operate under the direction of each respective sport's national governing body.
Check the specific club sport link to see their schedules.
Many clubs are active outside of their main purpose. Many hold fundraisers or social functions such as movie nights, barbeques or other activities outside of the club itself.
The latest information about our sport clubs can be found on the Department of Campus Recreation website, under Club Sports, by clicking on the sport of choice.
All West Chester students, faculty and staff are eligible to participate in club sports. However, only full time students may actually compete, as stated by respective governing bodies. Community members are not permitted to be rostered or practice with the clubs.
Tryout information can be found on club sites, through emailing the club contact, or by inquiring in person at the Department of Campus Recreation in the Student Recreation Center.
Each club is set up and run with the assistance of the director of the Department of Campus Recreation. The Assistant Director serves as the Advisor to the Sports Club Council. The Executive Board of each club is responsible for the operation of the club, including financial planning, scheduling of contests or events, authorization and confirmation for club travel plans and ensuring that the club represents West Chester University in the best possible manner at all times.
All sports clubs are required to have a coach. The coach is a volunteer and may or may not be part of the University community. While the level of involvement and responsibility will vary by club, these individuals are quite often responsible for making the cuts during tryouts, running practice sessions during the season and making the game-day decisions such as which players start, when to make substitutions and what strategy to employ. All coaches must be approved by the director of the Department of Campus Recreation and some, based upon the sport that they coach, must have certain certifications.
All clubs receive funding from the West Chester University Student Government Association (SGA) through their student activity fee; however, club funding does not cover all costs of operation. To offset these costs, and to provide more opportunities to travel and purchase equipment, clubs collect dues from their members. In order to mitigate the personal cost to each member, many clubs fundraise in a variety of ways throughout the year.
Club sports are offered based on the interest from the West Chester student community and the initiative of an individual or a group of people to organize interested parties into a club. In order to begin the club formation process, it is necessary to meet with the Assistant Director of Student Leadership and Involvement Jacqueline Aliotta, Sykes Union 238 (Student Affairs Suite) and the Assistant Director of Campus Recreation for Intramurals and Club Sports, Mike Reno, in the Student Recreation Center.
The West Chester University Club Sports program is under the direct supervision of the Department of Campus Recreation. This office is located in the Student Recreation Center.