Maryland Club Sports
A club sport is a student organization, recognized by University Recreation & Wellness (RecWell) and formed by individuals motivated by a common interest and desire to participate in a favorite sport activity. Clubs vary in focus and programming, since student members manage the operation of the club and decide on club activities.
Clubs offer opportunities for learning a new sport, improving existing sport skills, practicing and playing for fun, and/or competing at various levels. Club officers develop valuable leadership skills, through successful management of administrative affairs and intra-club dynamics.
Maryland Club Sports, a department within University Recreation & Wellness (RecWell), oversees and advises all Club Sports. Clubs must operate within the Maryland Club Sports policies and procedures which are in place to promote safety and manage risk.
Joining A Club
When & How to Join
Please email the appropriate club contact for additional information such as on practice times, locations, fees, and their website. Participants are highly encouraged to join a Club Sports team during the Open Enrollment period at the start of each semester. The Open Enrollment period for each semester is:
FALL: August 28 – October 1, 2017
SPRING: January 24 – March 1, 2018
JOINING DURING OPEN ENROLLMENT
- Show up to a club’s practice space/time or attend an informational meeting to join a club
- Sign up online through the Club Directory. Once the page redirects, click the blue "Join" button.
- Complete an Online* Release & Informed Consent/Club Sports Code of Conduct Form
JOINING OUTSIDE OPEN ENROLLMENT
New members who join outside the open enrollment period will not be able to travel with the club for 1 week.
- Stop by the Club Sports Office located on Level 0 of the Eppley Recreation Center, Room 0121. There, you will complete a Release & Informed Consent Form/Club Sports Code of Conduct and join the club online. After completing all the requirements, the student will be given an 'Add Slip' to be presented to a club officer at practice.
*Members under the age of 18 must complete a paper Release & Informed Consent/Club Sports Code of Conduct Form. Paper forms can be turned into a Club Sports Officer or the Club Sports Office located on Level 0 of the Eppley Recreation Center, Room 0121
All members are required to complete a Release & Informed Consent/Sport Clubs Code of Conduct Form prior to participating. Your name will not appear on the club roster until you have joined the club online and have turned in a completed Release and Informed Consent/Club Sports Code of Conduct Form.
Who Can Join
All officially enrolled students (undergraduate and graduate) and faculty/staff of the University of Maryland, College Park are eligible to join a club sport. In some cases, members of the University of Maryland Alumni Association are eligible to join a club sport as a regular member. Competitive eligibility is based on each sport's governing body regulations.
Students and faculty/staff of other University of Maryland campuses and institutions, such as University of Maryland, Shady Grove, UMUC or the University of Maryland, Baltimore, are ineligible to participate in club sports programming at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Club Sports do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, personal appearance, age, national origin, political affiliation and physical or mental disability.
Forming a New Club
Don’t see your sport listed? First, check to see if your sport is a student organization at the University of Maryland, College Park. A listing of all student organizations can be found through OrgSync.
To form a new club or apply for RecWell recognition please reference procedures within the Club Sports Handbook.