Do you feel as though your sport of interest is under represented through Club Sports? Why not make your own?
“Club sports are beneficial in that they allow students to learn or continue playing a sport while competing against other schools without the time commitment of full athletic programs,” said David McConnell, Club Sports Graduate Assistant.
There is a two part process to creating a Club Sport. First you must becoming a recognized student organization and then you can apply to be in the Club Sports program.
Becoming a Student Organization
The start of your clubs beginning is simple. All you need is four chartering members that are currently enrolled as GSU students with a minimum of 2.0 GPA.
Once you have that, grab an Advisor who is a full-time faculty/staff member at GSU and draft a constitution.
Send two of your chartering members, one of whom must be the President, to the New Student Organization Workshop. Once that is done submit an official, new organization registration form with the Constitution to MyInvolvement.
Now you are an official Student Organization!
Becoming a Club Sport
Once you have become recognized as a Student Organization your teammates and yourself then write a formal proposal to the Club Sports Program by March.
“The Club Sports staff will then review the proposal and discuss the viability of the sport in our program,” said McConnell.
Typically it takes a full year to get fully recognized and receive funding.
After the application is reviewed, the Club Sports staff works with prospective clubs on budgets, practice times and spaces, and other administrative stuff, said McConnell.
“A dedicated and passionate lead team is required to become a successful club sport, as there are multiple steps that need to be taken to become recognized by our staff, and then to keep the club successful after becoming a part of our program,” said McConnell.
Southern Cheer is in their first year as a fully chartered club and Club Dodgeball is currently practicing and petitioning to become a club.
Please contact Steve Sanders, Club Sport Director, at 912-478-5436 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have.