Interested in forming a new club? See the requirements and process below to learn how.Requirement
1. Registration with the Center for Leadership and Involvement (CfLI). This is may be completed on-line at cfli.wisc.edu and documentation must be provided.
2. Demonstration of Interest - Submit a list of names and signatures with UW ID numbers of at least ten (10) active members. All members must be fee-paying students, faculty, or staff of the University, with the majority (75%) being students.
3. Demonstration of Organization - A club must define their purpose, goals, and objectives; submit officers' names and their duties; have a continuity procedure consisting of established officer election dates and the procedure for election; and defined membership requirements. This information should be included in the club constitution.
4. Demonstration of Need - An applying group needs to document that interest in their sport is not being adequately met by existing campus programs. Those sports currently recognized by the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics may be duplicated. A sport or form of a sport currently a member of the Club Sports program will not be duplicated.
5. Demonstration of Safety - An applying club needs to demonstrate that the welfare of its members is safeguarded. Evidence should be presented showing well-qualified instructors, the existence of safe equipment, the supervision of practice and competitive sessions, and the procedures to follow in case of accidental injury.
6. Satisfaction of a "True Sport" definition - Demonstrate that the applying club is within the following guidelines:
- Be a sport with a national or international governing body (i.e. AAU, NCAA, USA Volleyball, or an independent governing body such as International Badminton Federation).
- Produce a set of rules published by the sport's governing body, if requested.
- Present evidence that there are established competitions, tournaments and clinics within a 12-hour radius of Madison, if applicable.
- Show that the learning and development of skills of the sport is the main objective.
- Must have membership with a National or International Governing Body and participate in a local or regional league (as available).
7. Space Availability & Equipment - Availability of Recreational Sports facilities and equipment for practice and competition is very limited due to use by Rec Sports program and informal recreation. Allocation of practice space and time will be limited to Rec Sports facilities that are not currently utilized. Club petitions that do not require and/or cannot be accommodated by existing Rec Sports facilities will be considered. The Club Sports Director in conjunction with the Associate Director of Recreational Sports will make decisions regarding space availability.
8. Provisions - Those clubs petitioning may only be departmentally sponsored by one campus entity. For example: A Business School club could not petition to be in the Club Sports program.
1. Meet with the Club Sports Director - In order to petition to become a club sport with the Division of Recreational Sports, the interested party must meet with the Club Sports Director (Room 1180 Natatorium/Gym Unit II) and present all the documents needed to meet the criteria to become a club sport as explained above. 2. Attend Club Sports Council Meeting - If the Club Sports Director determines that all criteria have been met, the petition will be placed on the agenda at the next Club Sports Council meeting. See Schedule of Deadlines & Meetings.
3. Acceptance by the Club Sports Council - The prospective club's chief officer will make a verbal request by means of a presentation to the Club Sports Council for membership to that body. A vote will take place at that time or it may be postponed to the next Club Sports Council meeting. A vote may be postponed to the next Club Sports Council meeting if additional information is required. Completion of the Club Sports registration does not constitute endorsement of an individual club. Acceptance by the Club Sports Council, the advisory group to the Club Sports Director, is granted by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the quorum.
4. Acceptance by the Club Sports Director - Taking the vote of the Club Sports Council and all criteria into consideration, the Club Sports Director has final approval of a club's acceptance. The decision of the Club Sports Director may be appealed to the Program Director. Once accepted as an approved Club Sport, the club shall then be governed by policies established by the University, the Division of Recreational Sports Club Sports program and the Club Sports Council.
5. Probationary Period - Upon acceptance into the Club Sports program, the new club will serve a one-year probationary period per the Club Sports Council By-Laws. Any new club will serve a four-year financial probationary period imposed by the Division of Recreational Sports. During this time the club will not be eligible to receive any Club Sports (DRS) funds while securing funds through external donations and fundraising. Equipment will not be provided or purchased by the Division of Recreational Sports to facilitate any new clubs.