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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. What is a club sport?

A.  A club sport is a student-run organization formed by individuals with a common interest in a competitive sport that is officially recognized by Campus Recreation, Athletics, and the Student Programs Office. Club sports generally practice multiple times per week and travel to compete against other colleges and universities, but they are not part of the NCAA or ACC. Although many have coaches, the team officers and athletes are responsible for all aspects of team management including scheduling games and practices, managing finances, selecting coaches, and making travel plans.
Q. What are the differences between Varsity, Intramural and Club Sports?

A. Varsity sports must follow NCAA and ACC rules and regulations. Athletes are generally recruited prior to admission and may receive scholarships, although some teams allow “walk-ons” before the start of the season. Teams are fully funded by the university, have full time coaches, travel frequently, and practice up to 20 hours a week while in-season.

Intramural sports are played at Boston College only by members of the BC community. Men’s, women’s, and co-ed teams are offered at varying levels (competitive, intermediate, recreational). Sports are generally organized as a 4-6 week league or a one-day tournament and are held on campus. Teams play one game a week but do not have any practices. There is no fee associated with playing intramural sports.
Q. How do I join a Club Sport?

A. Each individual club is responsible for determining its membership requirements, but most clubs host tryouts prior to their competition season. To find more information please view the Club Sport Directory ( ) and contact the club officer to learn more about the sport you are interested in joining.
Q. What is the time commitment?

A. The time commitment required varies by club, but most teams practice 2-3 times a week for about two hours and compete once per weekend during their competition season.
Q. How are the clubs funded?

A. Club sports are supported by Campus Recreation and are eligible to receive funding that is allocated by the Club Sport Council Executive Board, however they must also fundraise and/or charge membership dues to pay for their operating costs. The specific amount varies greatly by sport though. Teams may also be supported financially through donations.
Q. Are the clubs competitive, recreational, or instructional?

A. Most of the club sports at BC are highly competitive and strive to compete at a national level. As a result, most teams host tryouts and must make cuts to maintain their roster size. However, clubs such as Rugby and Ultimate Frisbee have both competitive and recreational sides and do not make cuts, always welcoming 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 following: alignment with the mission and goals of the Club Sports Program, adequate facility space and equipment to practice and compete, level of interest and leadership presence, and the availability of financial resources to adequately fund the proposed club.