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Facility Closure Announcements

The University is limiting operations to protect our community at large from the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Effective immediately, Vandy Rec is CLOSED until further notice.. We will continue to update you on future services. If you have any questions, please contact Kenny Moore, Director, at Go Dores!

The following adjustments to Vandy Rec Club Sports operations have been made:


  • The  Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center  is CLOSED, effective Monday, March 16th until further notice.


  • All  Intramural  and  Club Sports  trainings, practices, and games are CANCELLED for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester.
  • All Climbing Wall programs are CANCELLED until further notice.
  • All Aquatic programs are CANCELLED until further notice. This includes, but is not limited to:
    • Swim School Lessons
    • Kayak Roll Clinics
    • Club Sports
    • Intramural Sports


  • All  Reservations  with the exception of Varsity Athletics have been CANCELLED for the months of March and April.

Vanderbilt Rowing Club Sport

Vanderbilt Club Sports is a comprehensive 30+ team program that operates within the Vanderbilt Recreation & Wellness Center (Rec). The Club Sports program adheres to the Rec mission and creates an inclusive environment for its members. Club Sports are recreational, competitive, and open to all Vanderbilt students. Members can develop individual skills, compete at the collegiate level, or learn a new sport. Participation in the Club Sports program provides many benefits including the opportunity to be part of a community, develop a social network, and take part in personal and professional growth. A successful club sport is led by dependable student officers who motivate their members, meet administrative deadlines, are financially responsible, and promote teamwork.

Come make some new friends and stay active!


What are Club Sports?

Club sports provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students with similar interests to participate in various sport and recreational activities. Club sports bridge the gap between intramural and intercollegiate athletics by providing competition at specialized levels, participation in tournaments, and opportunities to travel. Although some clubs remain solely recreational, many are competitive.

Why should I join a club sport?

Vanderbilt’s Club Sports program gives students an opportunity to take part in the leadership, responsibility, and decision-making process of club activities. The success of the club is dependent on the professionalism and leadership shown by the club officers, advisors, and coaches. It is created for students and by students, under the supervision of the Club Sports professional staff. Clubs members nominate and elect student officers who run the day-to-day operations, which includes scheduling practices/activities/games, contracting trainers and referees, arranging transportation, and budgeting.

Who is eligible to join a club sport?

Club sports participation is open to all full-time and part-time Vanderbilt students (graduate and undergraduate). However, eligibility for competition may have separate guidelines, as determined by the club’s governing body (if applicable).

Are there membership fees to join?

In most cases, clubs charge membership dues (either on a yearly or semester basis) that covers or defers the costs of uniforms, equipment, and travel. Dues vary in range as the specific amount is determined by the club.

Are there tryouts?

Some clubs host tryouts due to limited space and equipment, or to establish a competition/travel roster. Some clubs have multiple teams that compete on varying levels to encourage higher participation. Please email the club president to find out more information about tryouts. Club contact information can be found on the Join a Club page.

What is the time commitment?

Practice times vary by club. Most clubs practice 2-3 times a week for about two hours per practice. Clubs determine the specific dates and times of practice each semester and may determine the number of practices a member must attend.

How can I start a new club?

We recognize other sport-related student organizations might wish to seek Club Sports status. Student groups must be active organizations through the Dean of Students and Anchorlink and have a minimum of 10 interested students, 2 of which are willing to serve as officers, before applying to become a club sport. For more information on the requirements and application process to become a club sport, please reference the club sports handbook and contact the Club Sports Professional Staff to obtain the link to the online application.


Contact Us

Nicholas Singer

Assistant Director-Competitive Sports
(615) 875-7509