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Have fun and stay competitive with club sports

by Kaleem Mogent-Sports Editor
Thu, May 4th 2017 01:00 pm
Photos courtesy of the men's club hockey team
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The College at Brockport club sports program is open to all Brockport students regardless of previous experience or skill level. All club sports are student run and operate under the guidance of Campus Recreation which is located in the SERC. 

There are currently more than 28 active club sports that any student can join. Michael Marcone has been the graduate assistant for club sports and intramurals at Brockport for the past couple of years. 

"With 28 registered club sports for this academic school year, club sports has expanded immensely over the past two years," Marcone wrote in an email.       

There are so many choices if a student wants to compete without the commitment of being on a collegiate team. 

"Our club sports range from mens'/womens' rugby, soccer and volleyball to sports like Judo, Bass Fishing and Equestrian."

If the selection is not available, create your own club.     

  The process for a student to create a club sport on campus may seem lengthy but it is doable. First you have to fill out an application on the Club Sport Page on mybrockport. Secondly, the application goes through a review process by coordinator Mick Ballart and other club sport board members. 

After the application is reviewed the students who proposed the club have to give a presentation to the Club Sport Executive Council (CSEC). Ballart also wrote that "in their presentation they would discuss how the club would operate, practice/meet, fundraise and the interest level with the sport." 

Lastly the CSEC would give its recommendation on whether the club should be denied or approved.

Students with the determination and enough supporters can get their own club sport started right on the Brockport campus. You can then compete with other college club teams that are within their division. 

Funding for the club sports program is provided by Brockport Student Government; However additional funding is provided by club members and even alumni to pay for travel and other expenses. 

"Mick Ballart and myself have done our best to make the creation process as simple as possible," Marcone wrote in an email. 

The process may seem long but it can be well worth it. A club created can last forever if it stands the test of time. For example, the men's club rugby team has been around for 47 years. 

Playing with your friends and peers while competing or practicing is always a good time. The club sport program at Brockport can make that vision a reality.      

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