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Club Sports

The Club Sports program is designed to serve individual interests in different sports and recreational activities. These interests can be competitive, recreational, or instructional in nature, as Clubs may represent Western Oregon University in intercollegiate competition or conduct intra-Club activities such as practice, instruction, socialization, and tournament play.

A Club Sport is a voluntarily registered student club established through the Campus Recreation Department by students to engage or participate in a sport or activity in pursuit of the development, skills, and interests of its members. Participation in Club Sports is strictly voluntary.

Club Sports provide students a learning experience through their involvement in establishment, public relations, organization, administration, budgeting, and scheduling, as well as the development of skills in their particular sport. Involvement in a group and team setting creates opportunities to enhance the student´s overall experiences at Western Oregon University.

Club Sports may vary in focus and programming since the members are active participants in the leadership, responsibility, and decision making process of Club activities.

Club Sports difference from Intramural Sports (IM)

Club Sports teams regularly participate in scheduled practices, may employ part-time coaches and compete against other schools across Oregon, the Pacific Northwest and the nation. Intramural teams are comprised of students, faculty, staff and partners compete against other WOU IM teams. IM teams typically do not have coaches or regularly scheduled practices.

Club Sports difference from Intercollegiate Athletics

Club Sports are managed and run by the participants themselves, including adherence to league or national organization rules, coach selection, travel, fundraising, scheduling, practices and participant development. Club Sports bridge the gap between Intramurals and Intercollegiate Athletics. Intercollegiate Athletics adhere to the NCAA Division II guidelines, policies, regulations and are managed by WOU coaches and trainers.

Club Sports Classifications

Tier I

Club Sports in Tier I develop and display athletic ability in the context of competition. A Club Sport in Tier I must be a registered student club with the Campus Recreation Department.

  • The number of participants interested in the activity is five or more currently enrolled fee paying students (enrolled for at least one credit hour).
  • A regional, national or international governing body defines rules for practice/competition, playing season, eligibility for competition, and generally administers the state of the sport in the sporting community.
  • Specifically the playing season designated by a national or international governing body must include a clear start, a clear finish, a method to calculate the length of activity, and includes a period where no activity is taking place as an off-season.
  • The team participates in at least five (5) competitions against other teams/individuals that are guided by similar guidelines or structure during their designated playing season. (Or will within 18 months of being registered with the Campus Recreation Department).
  • The team or individuals hold practice sessions at least twice each week with the primary goal of the session focused on skill development and preparation for competition.
  • The organization must provide all required documentation in order to be considered.


Tier II

Club Sports in Tier II conduct sport activities with an emphasis placed on recreation and leisure pursuits. A Club Sport in Tier II must be a registered student club with the Campus Recreation Department.

  • Sport activity may be led by an instructor, coach, or sensei
  • Self-directed sport and leisure pursuits
  • Fall, Winter and Spring sessions
  • May have an occasional team or individual competition
  • Occasional group outings/trips
  • Limited travel
  • Moderate administrative support from Campus Recreation


Tier II
Sport Contact Contact Email
Martial Arts

Stevie Levin



Gael Marin


Annual Renewal
Each club´s classification will be reviewed annually and reflect the club´s overall activities and operations. The classification of each club is independent of their membership status/privileges. Each club is a sponsored student organization under the administration of the Campus Recreation Department. Participation in the club is not a right and privilege may be revoked at any time.


Campus Recreation

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