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Student Recreation Center
275 North Campus Dr.
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-1732
Fax: 610-436-3088

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Club Sports FAQs

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.

What is the difference between a club sports and a varsity program?

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.

What is the difference between competitive, instructional, and recreational clubs?

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. 

How competitive are your competitive club sports?

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. 

Who do you compete against?

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.

Do the clubs conduct any other activities other than playing or performing?

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.

How do I find out information about the clubs?

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.

Who is eligible to participate on a sport club?

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.

Are there tryouts for any club sports?

Due to the competitive nature of some of the clubs and limited roster space on others, a number of clubs do hold tryouts and make cuts to determine who will be on the team for the upcoming season. However, a majority of the clubs are either open to all interested individuals or offer additional opportunities to tryout for their spring semester season. Tryouts and available space vary from club to club and are at the sole discretion of the club executive board. 

How do I find out about tryouts and other important dates and information?

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.

Who organizes and runs the clubs?

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.

Why do some clubs charge dues?

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.

What if the club sport I'm interested in isn't offered?

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. 

Where is the Office of Campus Recreation located?

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.

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