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.

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.

Travel?
Most Sport Clubs compete locally. Traveling to neighboring states, throughout the country, and across the world – are supported.

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- Must have 20 students willing to pay dues to join.
  2. Safety- Participants can engage in the activity safely.
  3. Financial Feasibility- The activity can be conducted at a reasonable cost. This would include additional insurance costs for high risk activities.
  4. Facilities-does the university have facilities available to practice and compete in activity.
  5. National Governing Organization- Is there an organization that sets rules and oversees the activity.
  6. Competitions- Must compete at least five times a year or three times a semester.
  7. Local competitions-Are there at least three schools in the state that offer similar activity.
  8. Neighboring competitions- Are there at least 10 schools in three neighboring states that offer similar activity.
  9. A.C.C. competitions-Are there seven schools in the A.C.C. that offer similar activity.