New Sports Clubs
Any group of students wishing to form a new Sports Club must:
Find a student leader; a club is only as successful as its leadership. A student is needed who cares deeply about the activity and is willing to take on the responsibilities required for a club to become a vibrant, welcoming and successfully functioning organization.
The leader(s) will meet with the Coordinator of Sports Clubs to discuss the goals of the club and the necessary requirements for all Sports Clubs.
Hold a general interest meeting. This meeting can be held in the Rec Center and will allow us to gauge the potential viability of the club.
Recruit a USA faculty or staff member who will be willing to serve in the required role of club advisor. Such a person can most likely be recruited at the first general interest meeting.
Submit an Application to be Recognized as a Student Organization, a Student Organization Form, a Constitution, and a Membership Role.
For liability reasons, the University of South Alabama does not permit high-risk activities to be held on university property or to be sponsored by university department or groups. A sports club will be considered high risk based on an administrative assessment of the risks involved in participation in that club. Factors that will be considered are liability insurance requirements, amount of contact involved in the sport, and/or the inherent danger of the sport.
Why form a sports club?
You are in a large community of peers, many of whom may share a similar passion as you for a particular activity and who together can provide a means and the perfect environment in which that activity can take place. You will have access to financial and physical resources that will enable you to meet, practice, compete, purchase needed equipment, and travel when required. You will have access to “sage advice” that will help you and your fellow club members reduce risk, market and promote your club, and help you network with similar clubs at other Universities. You will be part of a learning environment that enhances a student’s overall education while living in a University setting. Clubs are meant to be a learning experience for the members through their involvement in fundraising, public relations, organization, administration, budgeting, and scheduling, as well as the development of skills in their particular sport. You will meet new people with a common interest and develop friendships that will last a lifetime.