Programs

Athletics for All

The Emory tradition of "Athletics for All" challenges and inspires the entire University by providing an example of community building and balance of body, mind and spirit.  The Department of Recreation & Wellness provides a myriad of facilities and programs that promote the physical, emotional and social growth of individuals through the enhancement of lifelong skills revolving around sustainable fitness and wellness principles. 

Our programs complement the mission of Emory University and provide experiential learning and leadership opportunities for our students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Emory Club Sports Program Overview

A comprehensive Club Sports program is an integral part of campus recreation.  It bridges the gap between intramural sports activities and intercollegiate athletics.  Club Sports give Emory University’s community an opportunity to participate in competitive sport activities, improve skill levels, gain leadership experience, and enjoy the recreational and social fellowship derived from sports involvement.

A Club Sport is a student-run organization that has been given a temporary or permanent charter from the Club Sports Council (CSC) in cooperation with the Department of Recreation & Wellness and the Student Government Association.  Club Sports are governed by the rules and regulations governing all student organizations under Student Involvement and Leadership Transitions.

Club Sports


The Club Sports Executive Board and Recreation & Wellness administer the Club Sports Program.  Recreation and Wellness staff  review disbursement of funds, schedules facility space, and promotes the objectives of the program. The key to the success of this program and each individual club is student leadership and participation.

2020-2021 Club Sports Executive Board

President:  Neil Tramsen (Crew)
Vice-President: Chelsey Kim (Crew)
Treasurer:  Jason Welling (Men's Lacrosse)
Secretary: Praneeth Kolli (Men's Ultimate)

About our coaches

While our Club Sports are all student run organizations, many employ a coach whose expertise in skill development, strategy, and guidance are valuable assets to the club's success. Our coaches come from all walks of life but all have great backgrounds in sports and are dedicated to helping student athletes succeed and grow in their athletic and academic pursuits. All of our coaches meet the certifications of the sports national governing bodies as well as meeting other requirements set forth by the University. All coaches are also committed to the safety and wellbeing of our students and hold this as their utmost priority.

Are coaches paid?

Many of our club coaches are compensated for their efforts but as club's operate on a limited budget the compensation is not substantial and none of our coaches are full time. As club budgets are meager compared to Varsity counterparts many coaches volunteer their time and services for less than market value.

What is the philosophy of coaching at Emory?

While coaches inevitably have different styles, all coaches follow the student development model emphasized by the University. This means that coaches facilitate the growth of our students and do not entirely "run the show". Students hold important leadership roles within the organization and learn the administrative pieces and assist with key decisions guiding the organization. In this way coaches help students prepare for the real world they will encounter after leaving Emory

How do I get involved in coaching at Emory?

If you have a passion for a sport and are interested in coaching at the collegiate level you are strongly encouraged to contact us.  By contacting the club or clubsports@emory.edu, you can learn more about the club and if your skill set and experience is suited for the organization. A key ingredient is acquiring certification from the sports governing body. If you do not already have it, the Club sports department can assist you in acquiring it. It is expected that prospective coaches have prior experience, pass a background check, and are excited about working in a partnership with student leaders.

Club Sport athletes will have the opportunity to receive injury assessments throughout the academic year.  Emory Healthcare's certified Athletic Trainers will be available each week to assess injured athletes.  For more information and to sign up for an injury assessment email emoryclubsportatc@emoryhealthcare.org

We welcome you to Emory University and to the city of Atlanta! We have prepared the following documents as a guide to assist your club prior to and during your stay. It is our hope that your club will find the information useful.

The student leadership of each club is typically the main source of communication for all logistics of the event. However, professional staff is also here to assist you. If you have any specific questions, please contact clubsports@emory.edu.

Did you know that Club Sports have thrived at Emory for over 120 years? In the last year alone, club teams have traveled over 140,000 miles to compete in both regional and national tournaments. With over 25 teams and over 700 current members, clubs need your support more than ever. Although teams are eligible for funding through the Club Sports program and the Student Government Association, clubs still collect dues (ranging from $100-$1200 per year) from all team members and complete multiple fundraisers every year in order to compete.

If you are able, lend a helping hand to your former team by making a donation! By donating to Emory Club Sports, your donation is tax deductible. You may make a gift online by visiting:

Emory University Fund 

You may place your club sport donation under the Athletics & Recreation “Other” category.

Please be specific: state CLUB, men’s or women’s, and any other pertinent information.

We appreciate and thank you for your continued support!

Alumni

Once club sport athletes graduate they often wonder how they can remain or become involved again with their team. Whether through active alumni groups, or individual efforts, club sports appreciate any support you can lend them – helping run a tournament, hosting an alumni event or simply giving advice are all ways in which you can become an active alumni. Your first step to this involvement is of course contacting the team – so please visit the "Current Club Sports" page to get your club's contact.  For additional questions, please contact clubsports@emory.edu.

Transgender Individuals' Participation in Intramural and Club Sports

Emory Recreation & Wellness recognizes and celebrates the transgender student population and encourages students to participate in intramural sports and club sports based on their expressed gender identity.

Emory Intramural & Club Sports expects participation to be based on one’s self-identified gender and that is done in good faith and is consistent with a player’s expressed gender identity.

  • A participant’s gender identity will be applied when there are gender specific rules or player ratio requirements for co-rec divisions.
  • Transgender individuals may play on the team that best matches their gender identity.
  • Intramural & Club Sports staff will verify gender based on the participant’s self-identification and expressed gender identity, not purely on the sex indicated in official school records.
  • Emory Intramural & Club Sports recognizes that, for many, coming to know one’s gender identity is not something that happens in an instant; it is a complex process that can occur over an extended period of time. Transgender participants are encouraged to communicate their gender identity with Intramural & Club Sports professional staff to ensure proper gender designation. Should the player not feel comfortable working with Intramural & Club Sports staff, the individual can contact the Office of LGBT Life and inform them of their status. Intramurals & Club Sports and the Office of LGBT Life staff will work together to ensure inclusivity for all participants.

FAQs


An organization shall be designated as a club sport if the club is competitive in nature, a member of a Regional/National Governing Body or Association in the sport, and the organization’s primary mission is to take part in an activity that involves both physical and mental components in the pursuit of athletic competition. The Club Sports Council currently consists of 25 active club sports organizations.

The Mission of the Emory University Club Sports Council is to unite Club Sports as a single organization representing those students who seek a high level of athletic competition, sportsmanship, camaraderie, and leadership opportunities. The Club Sports Council is comprised of the executive leaders from each club sport program.  The council addresses the concerns that affect Club Sports as a whole by providing a unified student voice, and working to promote Emory University Club Sports both within and outside of the university through competition and community service. The Council also seeks to facilitate the growth and future success of the Emory University Club Sports program.

No. The biggest difference between Emory Club Sports and Emory Intramurals is that Intramural students form structured teams to compete against other Emory students, whereas in Club Sports, students form non-Varsity teams compete against other universities and colleges in the nation.

Visit the Club Sports web page to check out current clubs and find contact information.

The information below provides the requirements for all new club's interested in becoming a member of the Club Sports program.  For more information about the process contact clubsports@emory.edu.

The following criteria is required for a club to be considered a Club Sport:

  1. The club must be competitive in nature
  2. The club must be a member of a Regional/National Governing Body or Association in the sport
  3. The club's primary mission is to take part in an activity that involves both physical and mental components in the pursuit of athletic competition
  4. The club must compete against other universities across the region and nation

Club's applying for temporary charter must:

  1. Create and submit a constitution for their organization
  2. Submit the Emory Club Sports Charter Form and include a roster of a minimum of 20 active dues paying members
  3. Submit a Statement of Purpose which includes an explanation by the club on why they should be included in Emory Club Sports.  What do you have to offer?  Why are you qualified? 
  4. Attend a preliminary hearing with the Club Sports Executive Board before presenting to the Club Sports Council where the charter will be voted on by the current membership

Responsibilities of Temporary Charter Clubs include:

  1. Once a club is granted a temporary charter, they must apply for a perpetual charter after 6 - 12 months or risk getting their charter revoked
  2. Club's receiving a temporary charter will be assigned an account for Self-Generate funds; however, they will not be allocated any funds from Club Sports
  3. Temporary charter clubs must:
    1. Have at least two officer representatives present at all Club Sports Council meetings
    2. Keep strict records of all financial transactions
    3. Carefully adhere to all club sports policy and submission deadlines
Maintain consistent participation of at least 20 active dues paying members