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Future club sports have more hoops to jump through

by Alyssa Daley
Tue, Oct 10th 2017 09:00 pm
The College at Brockport's club hockey team (above) is one of the 23 club sports teams already established at The College at Brockport. One of the main attractions of club sports is that anyone can fill out a participation packet to join a team and if there is not already an established club team all students can go through the application process to create one that fits their vision.
The College at Brockport's club hockey team (above) is one of the 23 club sports teams already established at The College at Brockport. One of the main attractions of club sports is that anyone can fill out a participation packet to join a team and if there is not already an established club team all students can go through the application process to create one that fits their vision.

For many college students, committing to playing for a DIII sports team is too much time and not enough reward. The most common alternative is to look into joining the club version of that team since it still allows for competitive play and the camaraderie of being surrounded by people with common interests, but doesn’t require as much practice or game time. As of right now, there are 23 club sports in play at The College at Brockport. They range from judo and equestrian to volleyball and soccer. There are also intramural sports, which if the club sports end up being too much of a time commitment are the next best option. There are 14 of those established, here at Brockport including: dodgeball, badminton and Xbox One. 

In a recent Brockport Student Government (BSG) Senate meeting, it was mentioned that the requirements to establish a new club sports team were going to become stricter. Currently the registration policy entails the following crucial elements:

1. Brockport does not discriminate on the basis of race/ethnicity, color, gender, sexual orientation, actual or perceived gender identification, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, predisposition to genetic characteristics, domestic violence victim status, criminal background or status of Vietnam-era, special disabled, recently separated, or other protected veteran, in admission, employment, or treatment of students and employees. Oppertunities must be offered equally and fairly to everyone.

2. Brockport prohibits any kind of initiation into unrecognized groups. Brockport definies hazing to include: Any mental or physical requirement, request or obligation placed upon any person (pledge, associate member, member, affiliate or guest) that could cause discomfort, pain, fright, disgrace or injury, or that is personally degrading or that violates any federal, state, local statute or college policy. 

3. All members agree that any organization-sponsored activity is voluntary. All members must affirm that the organization’s executive board, advisor, and the college itself are not liable for any injury that may be incurred during any organization activity, including any events occurring off campus.

Each year clubs also have to re-register by completing a certain series of tasks. Otherwise the organization’s existence could be questioned.

All organizations successfully complete the annual registration process each year through the College’s online student involvement system, myBROCKPORT, by September 10, and follow the Code of Student Conduct, the registration policy, all college policies, and local, state and federal laws.

Club sports also have to comply with the recognition policies and procedures established by Campus Recreation. Mick Ballart is actually the current coordinator of intramural and club sports. He is the faculty connection for all club sports and helps them to fulfill specific requirements such as a certain number of volunteer hours and have each club helps a successful election process for new club leaders toward the end of each season.

All club sports are also required to have a current constitution uploaded on the organization’s myBROCKPORT page.The teams also to have at least one officer attend specific workshops hosted by BSG the “Nuts & Bolts” workshop and the “Risk Management” Workshop which are both offered during the first six weeks of the fall semester.

Clubs also need a faculty advisor. For the club athletic teams its a little different because Ballart is there as a resource and to provide insight and guidance.

The only changes made to all the requirements listed above, which for the most part can be generalized to all clubs but from here on out the application process will be more closely followed by BSG. The current requirements which may not be seen as important such as maintaining the organization’s myBROCKPORT page and attending leadership workshops are taken more seriously.

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