Club Sports

WCU Club Sports Join'em!

 

A club sport is a student organization that is formed and led by WCU students who have a love and passion for their sport or activity, and may be looking for an opportunity to participate on a longer term (usually both semesters). A club sport may contain recreational, instructional, and socialization components, but must be competitive in nature. All clubs are a part of national governing bodies/leagues and compete against other universities across the state and region. We currently have 18 active club sports varying from Ballroom Dance to Men's and Women's Rugby with about 450 participants. Don't see your sport listed? Ask about starting a club sport!

Participation in our club sports program is a valuable part of student development and can greatly enhance a student's college experience. We encourage all levels of skill and support equal opportunity to any student regardless their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status.

All club sport participants are required to have an IMLeagues account before they participate. Participants will be required to enter their WCU username and password before being logged into IMLeagues. After the first time logging in, you will log-in with your WCU credentials every time.

  1. Go to recconnect.wcu.edu and log in using your WCU credentials.
  2. Click Create Account.
  3. Enter your information. You must use your WCU email account and submit. Students (@catamount.wcu.edu); Faculty/Staff (@wcu.edu or @email.wcu.edu)
  4. Click the activation link in your email to login and activate your WCU IMLeagues account.
  5. Click on Club Sports and the current active club sports will be displayed.
  6. You can join a club sport one of two ways:
    • Officers can invite members to their club sport by clicking the "Invite Members" link on the team page. Any invited members may accept the invitation to be joined to your teamIf they've already registered on IMLeagues: search for their name, and invite them. If they haven't yet registered on IMLeagues: scroll down to the "Invite by Email Address" box, and input their email address.
    • To join a team, accept a request from the captain to join the club or click on the club sport you wish to join and then click on the green Register/Signup button.
  7. All participants must fill out the Assumption of Risk/Release, Emergency Contact Information, and Club Sport Code of Conduct before participating with a club sport.

 

IMLeagues offers a live support button in the bottom right corner of all page. Please use this button if you encounter any difficulties.

2018-2019 Club Sports and Presidents

Ballroom Dance - Allison Cullen, (Club Twitter, Instagram, Email: ballroomdancewcu@gmail.com)
Bass Fishing - Zach Tallent, (Club Facebook, Instagram)
Cheer - Amanda Fonseca, (Club Facebook, Instagram)
Climbing - Jacob O'Neal, (Club Instagram)
Cycling - Sean Duffy, (Club Facebook, Instagram)
Equestrian - Katie Hockley(Club FacebookYouTubewebsite, Instagram)
Gymnastics - Catherine Steinmetz (Email: wcu.club.gymnastics@gmail.com)
Men's Baseball - Christopher Hitch, (Club Twitter, website)
Men's Rugby - Dom Saladino, (Club Facebook)
Men's Soccer - Thomas Jones
Men's Volleyball - Grayson Mizlo
Ski and Snowboard - Jacob Bennington
Tennis - Sarah Lown
Ultimate Frisbee - Jake Braswell, (Club Facebook)
Women's Basketball - Taylor Clark
Women's Lacrosse - Maria Edwards, (Club Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
Women's Rugby - Morgan Hall, (Club Facebook, Instagram)
Women's Soccer - Kaitlyn Kropelnicki, (Club Facebook)
Women's Volleyball - Hannah Starnes, (Club Facebook)

The Club Sport Program reviews new club sport requests to determine if there is sufficient student interest and resources to support the activity. Students who wish to create a club must decide whether they wish to be competitive or social/instructional in nature. If you wish to start a social/instructional club, you will start with the Office of Leadership and Student Involvement’s steps to create a new Recognized Student Organization.

If you wish to start a competitive club sport, you will need to speak with Associate Director for Intramural and Club Sports. There are several factors to take into consideration when forming a new club sport such as gaining student interest, club leadership, start-up costs, practice locations, competition opponents, governing bodies, equipment, etc.  Students looking to start a new club sport need to complete and submit the following documents to the Associate Director for Intramural and Club Sports:

  • New Club Sport Application and Renewal Form
  • New Club Petition Form (minimum signatures of 150% of a sport's starting lineup, or 15 signatures for non-lineup specific sports)
  • Club Constitution & Bylaws (see WCU Orgysnc club pages for constitution examples)
  • Projected Budget Form
  • Supplemental Questions Form
  • Register as a Recognized Student Organization on WCU Engage (opens Monday, April 16th) 

Once all documents are completed, please set up a meeting with the Associate Director for Intramural and Club Sports. Notify and submit all documents by Friday, September 7th, 2018, for acceptance in the Fall 2019 semester.

Club Sports depend on the generosity of family, friends, faculty/staff, businesses, and alumni. Your financial support assists clubs with annual operating costs such as coaching services, registration fees, equipment, travel, uniforms and apparel. Donors have the option to donate directly to a specific club. Here are a few ways one can support our program and club sport teams.

Ways to Help

  1. Make check payable to WCU Campus Recreation and Wellness, write the specific club sport name on the check (ex. Women's Club Volleyball), and mail to WCU Campus Recreation and Wellness, 379 Memorial Drive, Cullowhee, NC 28723, or give it directly to a club officer.
  2. Donate “gifts-in-kind” in the form of essential equipment, materials, or other items. If you are interested in donating equipment or other materials, please contact the Associate Director for Intramural and Club Sports.

Note: Monetary donations to a club sport are not tax deductible donations. "Gift-in-kind" donations may be considered tax deductible.

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