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Sport Clubs

We support more than 40 different sport clubs―student-run organizations that practice and compete at the local, regional, national, and international level. Although each club varies in its level of competition and commitment requirements, each offers an opportunity to represent the University of Wisconsin-Madison as part of a team.

Join or Find a Club

Sport Clubs offer opportunities to compete in a sport you love or to learn a sport that’s completely new. Contact a club directly to learn more about practice schedules, tryouts, competition requirements, and how to get involved.

VIEW PRACTICE SCHEDULE

Form a New Club

Love a sport but don’t see it offered? Make sure you search all registered organizations via the WIN (Wisconsin Involvement Network) to make sure it’s not available elsewhere on campus.

If we don’t already have your sport in our program, you can start that process. Use the following resources to get you started or contact our team for assistance.

REGISTERED STUDENT ORGANIZATION (RSO) VS SPORT CLUB

REQUIREMENTS FOR NEW SPORT CLUBS

PETITION PROCESS FOR NEW SPORT CLUBS

Athletic Training for Sport Club Athletes

Our athletic trainers ensure that our 2,100+ sport club athletes are safely performing at the highest level. ­­With three convenient clinic locations around campus and flexible hours, our athletic trainers help with injury evaluation, post-injury rehabilitation, sports medicine education, and more.

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View Sport Club Medical Resources

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Schedule an Appointment

1. Go to https://myuhs.uhs.wisc.edu/
2. Log in using your NetID
3. Select the box on the left titled: “Appointments”
4. Click “Schedule an appointment”
5. Select “Athletic Trainer.” DO NOT SELECT “Lakeshore Clinic”
6. Select “Sport Clubs After Hours Athletic Training at Lakeshore Clinic”
7. Select “Schedule at Lakeshore Athletic Training Clinic”
8. Select desired appointment time. Appointments within one hour of booking may be available but will not be shown online. If you would like to be seen within an hour, it is recommended to call the clinic at (608) 263-7977.

Visit the clinic if...

Cuts and lacerations that don’t need stitches (or you’re not sure), strains and sprains, concussion, suspected fractures that do not require immediate care, preventative taping/bracing/padding. If you’re unsure, call the clinic during operating hours: (608) 263-7977.

Leadership Opportunities

Our sport clubs provide a number of valuable leadership experience that you can talk about in future job and internship interviews.

Become a sport club officer and play a vital role in the administration and success of your club. Officers are elected to lead their club in a variety of roles, including president, treasurer, secretary, recruitment chair, travel coordinator, and safety officer.

Attend Sport Club Meetings to advocate for change and progress with the sport club program. The Sport Club Council meets monthly and requires attendance by a representative from each club. You’ll get to vote on issues and new club petitions, and you’ll hear about tips and strategies to improve your own club.

Serve on the Executive Board to learn about governance, conflict resolution, problem solving, fiscal responsibility, and budgeting. Nine athletes from across all sport clubs are elected to serve on the board as a voice for all clubs on important issues such as discipline, policy changes, new club petitions, funding allocations, and other special requests. You’ll play a vital role in maintaining a sport club program that is of the students, for the students, by the students.

Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I join a sport club?

Each sport club establishes its own membership requirements, dues and club activities. All programs are available to UW students, faculty and staff. Contact a club directly for specific membership information.

Do I have to be an elite athlete to join a club?

No. Most of our sport clubs are open to all levels of competition and participation and often offer various teams based on involvement and skill. Some clubs may have competitive traveling teams in addition to practice teams.

 

I have a lot of talent in my sport. How competitive are the sport clubs?

For athletes looking for a more competitive environment, many of our clubs send teams to compete at the regional, national, and international level. Several clubs are ranked nationally each year.

Can a member of a sport club or varsity team play on an intramural sports team?

A maximum of two sport club members may participate in the corresponding intramural sport. For example, no more than two members of the Women’s Club Soccer team may play on the same intramural soccer team. However, there is no limit to the number of Women’s Club Soccer members who may play on the same intramural Ultimate Frisbee team.

Varsity athletes should contact their coaches regarding participation in the Sport Club or Intramural Sports program.

Do I have to have my own equipment to join a club?

Equipment requirements vary by club. Some clubs may have equipment available while other clubs may require you to supply your own. Contact a club officer directly or visit the club website for more information.

How much does it cost to join a club?

Club fees vary by club, although many clubs participate in fundraising activities to help offset some expenses, such as travel. Contact a club officer directly or visit the club website for more information.

How are clubs funded?

Sport clubs receive funding from membership fees, fundraising and gifts, as well as through an allocation process determined by the Sport Club Executive Board. The Sport Club program also received a generous anonymous endowment to cover certain sport club expenses.

Do I have to travel with my club?

Travel requirements vary by club. Many clubs travel to compete against other colleges at the regional, national, and international level. Contact a club officer directly or check the club website for more information.

Support a Sport Club

Sport clubs are registered student organizations that allow students to participate and compete in sports they love. Of the 2,100+ students actively involved in the program each year, many choose to continue playing a sport they enjoyed in high school, while others take the opportunity to learn a new skill or sport. Our clubs proudly represent the University of Wisconsin-Madison at the regional, national, and international level.

In addition to providing opportunities for competition, sport clubs also emphasize leadership, teamwork, skill development, and service. On average, our clubs log over 600 services hours per year.

A gift to the Sport Club program allows students to continue pursuing their passions outside the classroom. Your contribution offers financial support for sport club operations, equipment, travel, lodging, competition fees, and uniforms so that team members can proudly represent the University of Wisconsin.

On behalf of our students, we thank you for considering our Sport clubs in your giving and for improving the Wisconsin Experience for one program, one club, one Badger at a time.

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