Sport Clubs FAQ

Why should I join?
Sport Clubs provides Duke students a chance to compete and represent their University across the state and country. In addition to being part of a team, Sport Clubs offer opportunities for students to learn fundamentals in organization, budget planning, leadership, as well as other management skills if they choose to take on an officer position. 

Do I need experience?
While previous experience in the sport you choose is helpful – it is not required. Our Sport Clubs are inclusive, which means there are no tryouts or cuts made.

Who can join a Sport Club?
While any member of the Recreational Facilities and who have paid the current recreational fee can join a Sport Club, National club organizations may dictate who can compete in sanctioned contests. View our Gender Inclusion Guidelines here.

How are Sport Clubs funded?
Student dues, fundraising, Duke Student Government, Duke Recreation & Physical Education, and The Gorter Endowment Fund.

What’s my time commitment?
Practice time varies from 4 – 15 hours per week and majority of our Sport Clubs compete 5 – 10 competitions per year. 

What’s the cost of participation?
Dues are inclusive (coaching, travel, uniforms, equipment, etc.) and vary from each Sport Club ranging from $200 - $700.

Do Sport Clubs travel?
Most Sport Clubs compete locally but it is common for Clubs to compete in neighboring states, throughout the country, and across the world.

How do I start a new Sport Club?
Any student group can apply for membership through the Sport Clubs Council if they meet the following requirements:

  1. Interest - Prospective clubs must have 10 students interested and willing to pay semester or yearly dues based on what club you join.
  2. Safety - Prospective clubs must have a plan to engage in the activity safely and have a safety officer present during any club activity.
  3. Financial Feasibility - The sport must be conducted at a reasonable cost. This would include additional insurance costs for high risk activities.
  4. Facilities - Identify potential facility options for practices and competitions. 
  5. National Governing Organization - Identify whether there is an organization that sets rules and oversees the sport.
  6. Competitions - Sport Clubs must compete at least five times a year or three times a semester.
  7. Local Competitions - Identify at least three universities in the state that offer similar activity.
  8. Neighboring Competitions - Identify at least 10 universities that offer similar activity.
  9. A.C.C. Competitions - Identify schools in the A.C.C. that offer similar activity.