General Club Sports
Club sport teams (CSTs) at Caltech provide an avenue for students and members of the campus community to participate in athletic activities and competition not currently supported by intercollegiate athletic programs. Clubs sports are team organizations that rely on student leadership and are formed by individuals sharing a common interest in a sport activity. The strength, membership and active competitive spirit of each club sport team is defined by its participants and their interest level in staying active in their sport and competition.
CSTs provide our students with a real-life learning laboratory. It is a chance to work hands-on in leadership, group dynamics, and organizational management. Budgeting, scheduling of competition, maintaining files and rosters, meeting deadlines and filing reports are skills club members and leaders develop and polish before entering the working environment. CSTs present great opportunities for Caltech students to sharpen life skills.
Club sport teams are primarily a student endeavor and are intended as student groups interested in a sport and pursuing competition not offered by intercollegiate athletics. Other members of the Caltech community may join CSTs, however the majority of membership must be undergraduate and graduate students.
What defines a club sport team at Caltech? The APER staff has designed criteria to define a club sport team. All clubs are asked to register through the appropriate Caltech club process, and only clubs meeting the definition of a club sport team need to register in addition with APER to receive an opportunity to request department support.
Criteria for club sport team designation:
• The primary purpose of the club is to develop and display athletic ability in the context of competition.
• The sport has a defined playing season designated by a national or international governing body. A designated season includes 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.
• A 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.
• 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.
• 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.
Benefits of registering as a club sport team at Caltech CSTs at Caltech enjoy benefits by registering with APER which including:
• Ability to request to schedule athletic facilities for practice sessions and competition subject to APER schedule availability.â€¨
• Use of the Caltech name, institute logo and athletics logo
Anyone interested in starting a new club should review the Club Sport Teams appendix to the Caltech Clubs manual. A link is provided below with the appendix only, and all clubs must also obtain and review the Caltech Clubs manual through the student activities office.
If you have an interest in starting a new sport club team, and meet the criteria listed above, please contact our club sports coordinator, John Carter at 626/395-3674 or firstname.lastname@example.org