Q. What are the differences between Varsity, Intramural and Club Sports?
A. Varsity sports must follow NCAA and ACC rules and regulations. Practices and games are mandatory and travel is required to play other universities. Some varsity sports might allow walk-on tryouts, while others purely recruit. Also, varsity sports usually require a full year commitment.
Intramural Sports Intramural sports are competitive sports played at Boston College among other BC students. There are four phases, or seasons, each lasting 3-6 weeks. Games are held on campus and no travel or practice is required.
Club Sports teams play other colleges and universities, but are not part of NCAA or ACC. The teams are supported by the department of Campus Recreation and request funding from the Club Sport Council Executive Board. Club officers are responsible for hiring coaches and scheduling games and practices. Club sports may not require a full year commitment.
Q. How do I join a Club Sport?
A. BC club sports vary in competition level. Many clubs host tryouts prior to their competition season. To find more information please view the Club Sport Directory to contact the club officer for the sport you are interested in joining.
Q. How are the clubs funded?
A. Clubs are funded through the following means:
- Club Sport Council Executive Board
- Club Sport Donations
- Club Fundraising Projects
- Club Dues or Membership Fees
- Out-of-pocket Expenses
Q. What does it cost to join a club?
A. It varies for each club; most club sports try to keep membership costs to a minimum by doing fundraising to help support travel expenses, etc. Clubs also receive funding through the sources listed above.
Q. Are the clubs competitive, recreational, or instructional?
A. There are 24 clubs at Boston College which provide for a variety of activities and recreational pursuits. The majority of Boston College Club Sports are nationally ranked and are very competitive. Most clubs host tryouts and must make cuts to maintain their roster size. There are, however, clubs such as Rugby and Ultimate Frisbee that do not have cuts and welcome new participants to join and learn the game.
Q. Does Boston College offer Club Swimming?
A. Boston College does not have a club swim team, but we have fantastic men's and women's Division I varsity swimming and diving teams and offer a Masters Swim program where students can train and compete with other members of the BC community. We encourage you to look into both of these programs as a potential alternative to club swimming.
Q. The sport I am interested in playing isn't listed. Is it possible to start a new club?
A. Requests for new club sport programs are judged on a variety of areas, including: the availability of facilities and required equipment, the availability of financial resources to adequately fund the proposed activity, interest level and whether we currently offer the sport as part of the intercollegiate and/or intramural programs.