Recreational Sports

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Club Sports?

Club Sport teams fall on a competitive level between intramurals and intercollegiate athletics and a member's involvement in the Clubs is structured to be a learning experience through involvement in the organization and administration of club activities as well as the development of sports skills. There is no minimum skill level necessary to belong; our participant's experience levels range from beginner to expert!

Clubs hold practices two to three times a week and all of the clubs are required to have a coach. The teams compete against other club, and sometimes varsity, teams from universities throughout the Midwest such as Indiana University, University of Kentucky, Ohio State University, Miami of Ohio and the University of Cincinnati. Many of the club sports play in leagues/conferences and can compete for a national championship. Other clubs may choose to function on a recreational level. Participation in the Club Sports program is an excellent way to develop leadership skills, meet new friends with similar interests, stay in shape and enhance athletic skills.

How do I join a club?

On the Xavier Club Sport website,, there is a list of each Club President and their email address. Email the President stating your interest in the club and they will provide all of the information you need to know in order to join the club.

For new and returning students, Xavier holds a "Club Day" each fall. This is a day near the beginning of each semester in which all clubs at Xavier hold open sign ups for membership. In late August/early September, Club Day is held outside on the Green Space in front of the Gallagher Student Center. This is an opportunity to join a club, speak with members of the various clubs, and learn more about each club.

How do I start a club?

Clubs and organizations form the basis of co-curricular life at Xavier and are an important element to educating the total person. Although we currently have 27 active Club Sports, we may not have the special one for which you are looking. So, here is a link which explains the process by which you can start your own Club Sport that is recognized by the Recreational Sports Department and the Student Government Association.

Does it cost to join a Club Sport?

Each club charges an annual membership due to each of its student athletes. This money goes into the overall operating dollars the club needs to be able to function throughout the academic year. Although the Club Sports receive an allocation from Student Government, dues are very important to make sure the club is financially able to operate the way it needs to. The amount is decided by the Club Officers after they are given their annual operating dollars from the Rec Sports Department.

Are there try-outs?

There are NO try-outs to become a member of a club. Additionally, there are no skill requirements to be a member in a club. You are not guaranteed playing time during competitions, but you will be allowed to practice and be active in any club you would like.

What is the time commitment?

On average, practice is 2-3 times a week in the evening with games/events on some weekends.  You can participate both in fall and spring.  Most teams belong to a conference/governing body.

What paperwork do I need to turn in to be eligible?

All members must have a physical on file (within the previous year), an Assumption of Risk Waiver filled out online and an ImPact Test taken if you are a high risk sport. High risk sports are determined on a year to year basis.

Do Club Sports use my NCAA eligibility?

Yes, Club Sports is organized college athletics and will use up NCAA Eligibility


If you have further questions, please contact the Coordinator of Club Sports, David Wiley at 513-745-3094 or