Vanderbilt Club Sports is a comprehensive 30+ team program that operates within the David Williams II Vanderbilt Recreation & Wellness Center (Vandy Rec). The Club Sports program adheres to the Vandy Rec mission and creates an inclusive environment for its members. Club Sports are recreational, competitive, and open to all Vanderbilt students. Students 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.
Vandy Rec Club sports continue to operate in a limited capacity for the Spring 2021 semester. The following adjustments to Vandy Rec Club Sports operations have been made in light of the COVID-19 pandemic:
COVID Club Policies
- All club practices/conditioning must take place on the Recreation Center Fields during scheduled times and be approved by Club Sports supervisors.
- Scrimmages and drills involving contact are not permitted.
- Clubs may not meet/practice or travel off-campus in any capacity as a club.
- Students must remain 10 feet apart while engaging in club activities.
- Students must remain 6 feet apart while moving about.
- The gathering size is limited to 7 participants per session time slot.
- Masks must remain on at all times including vigorous activity.
- Practice time slots must be staggered during your session time.
- Fully remote students and volunteer coaches are not allowed on campus at this time to participate with teams. They may participate virtually only.
- As practices remain outdoors for the Spring semester, if inclement weather arises or temperatures drop below 32 degrees the Vandy Rec Staff will cancel practices.
Interested in Joining a Club? Visit the Club Sports tab on the AnchorLink webpage! While clubs may not operate as normal this semester, this is a great opportunity for you to create new connections virtually.
What are Club Sports?
Club sports provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students with similar interests to participate in various sport and recreational activities. Club sports is different from intramural sports because of the program’s ability to provide competition at specialized levels. 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. Club 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 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who are not fully remote. 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 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 Anchorlink.
What is the time commitment?
Practice times vary by club. Clubs determine the specific dates and times of practice each semester and may determine the number of practices a member must attend.
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