The University of North Florida Department of Recreation and Wellness Club Sports program enhances the quality of life in the student community by promoting an active and balanced lifestyle and encourages student learning through participation in Club Sports Programs. In accomplishing our mission, the Club Sports program maintains progressive and well managed facilities in a safe and enjoyable environment.
Club Sport is a recognized student organization that has been formed by individuals motivated by a common interest and a desire to participate in a gross motor sports activity. It exists to promote and develop interest in that sport by providing its members opportunities to learn new skills, refine existing skills, engage in competition, and enjoy the recreational and social fellowship of sport. Some clubs are individually-oriented while others are team-oriented. While some compete with other universities and clubs throughout the country, others may participate in local demonstrations, shows, or contests.
Club Sports at UNF are to provide an organizational base to meet the variety of student sport and recreation interests not met at the intramural or intercollegiate level. Club Sports are not part of the UNF Athletic Department, nor should they be mistaken as varsity sports supported by those funds. As with other student-based organizations, the members of the club assume primary responsibility for the financial and organizational obligations associated with the club. There will be no University-paid scholarships and no University paid coaching staff. Some funding may be made available through Student Government, but most comes from the members themselves and their fundraising efforts.
The policies and procedures defined in this handbook are set in place to ensure that all Club Sports are treated fairly. It has been designed to complement with UNF's student Handbook and club leaders and officials should become familiar with the understanding of both. The strength and success of the Club Sport is dependent on the dedicated efforts and initiatives of its leaders, and the aspirations of its members. This provides each club and its leaders with a unique opportunity to develop and carry out both athletic and leadership abilities. Leaders are directly involved in all facets of their organization's administration. Club officials will be required to devote their time and effort toward the development of the organization and its continuation.
Club Officials Responsibility
Responsibilities of the club's officials include but are not limited to:
- Serving as a liaison between Club Alliance & the Club
- Communicate with the Club Sports Coordinator in Recreation and Wellness
- Carry out practices/meetings
- Provide ongoing daily management
- Ensure timely completion of all administrative tasks/forms
- Knowledge of policies/procedures of Recreation and Wellness Club Sports Program
- Club spokesperson
- Facilitating transition of club leadership to new officials
Benefits of Starting a Club
- Ability to reserve certain University spaces at no cost or discounted rates
- Listed in club directory
- Access to club commons area during Student Union hours
- Space to hold meetings
- Access to materials to make road signs and use frames
- Use of University printing and duplication services
- Eligible for participation in Homecoming events
- Eligible to be included in Student Update notices
- Eligible for Web Calendar of Events
- Inclusion in Club Alliance events like Club Fest, Spring Bash, President's Luncheon, and President's Gala
- Eligible for club pricing for advertisements in the Spinnaker
- A club mailbox in Club Commons
Starting a Club
Any currently enrolled UNF student may submit a request to start a new club sport as long as its goals and objectives do not duplicate another existing club. The only exception is if there is a difference in gender between the two (i.e. Women's Soccer vs. Men's Soccer). It should be known that a few things should be considered before starting a new club
- Will you be a recreational or competitive sport?
- What facilities exist to meet your playing needs?
- What safety issues might exist?
- Does a collegiate league or other league exist?
- Is there a critical mass of students interested in participating?
Before a group can be officially recognized by the University as an official Sports Club, and subsequently receive funding for the club, the following steps must be followed:
- Visit the Club Alliance website and follow the directions for becoming a club (a minimum of 10 students plus a faculty advisor will be necessary).
- Submit the necessary documentation to Club Alliance via their website
- Write a constitution adhering to the policies under club alliance
- Once final recognition is granted, your club will be able to access university facilities for use. (Use of courts in the arena, fields, storage space, and classrooms for meetings, etc.)
- Contact the Club Sports Coordinator about your club
- Attend club alliance meetings and abide by the attendance/ absence policy. More than 2 absences places your club on suspension, visit Student Involvement Center website for required meeting dates.
The success and strength of the sport club program is based upon the initiative of student leaders and the total involvement of club members. Each sports club offers students opportunities to become directly involved with the administration and supervision of their club. Members collectively have the responsibility of writing their constitution, by-laws, setting up organizational meetings, informing new members of the club's programs, establishing club dues, raising funds to support the club's activities, and planning and promoting the club events.
Club Registration Renewal
Registration for Clubs expires July 1st. Clubs must re-register to remain recognized by Club Alliance and the University. In addition to any previously mentioned regulation, eligibility for official University recognition as a Registered Student Organization and continuance of the same is dependent on:
- The RSO name must relate in a positive manner to the objectives of UNF
- The members accept the standard policies of UNF and relate in a positive manner to the educational objectives of UNF; and
- The RSO conforms to the laws and regulations on a local, state, and national level. RSOs must comply with the United States Constitution, policies of the UNF Board of Trustees, the Rules and Regulations of the University of North Florida, the Club Alliance Handbook, and the policies and procedures set forth by Student Government. Any violation of these policies will be the responsibility of the organization's members, officers, and advisor.