What is the difference between club, intramural and NCAA?
Club sports present as much competition against other universities like NCAA, but is much less of a time commitment. Club sports are “pay for play” and offer an opportunity to any student interested in joining, whereas the NCAA does not. Intramural sports and teams are more recreational in nature and are housed on campus, competing against one another rather than against other universities.
What is the time commitment?
The time commitment for the majority of the sports is minimal and ranges from 7-8 hours per week. The contact sports (lacrosse, rugby, hockey) is higher with 12-15 hours on average.
Where is the Club Sports office located?
GCU Club Sports is currently located in building 84 (Juniper Hall) adjacent to the Juniper Gym on the northwest corner of campus.
Who do I speak with to receive more information?
You may request more information on our site or you can contact the Club Sports Program Development Specialist (PDS) for all club sports-related questions.
The sport I am interested in playing isn’t listed. Is it possible to start a new club?
Yes, the current process is to gather a budget proposal, list of signatures, provide a viable league of competition and schedule an appointment with the Club Sports department or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who coaches the club sports teams?
Coaches are made up of dedicated coaches and student leaders (varies per team). Coaches for each team can be found on each of their respective team pages.
Do club sports teams make cuts?
No, there are multiple teams per sport to accommodate the numbers of interested athletes.
Are there dues?
Yes, there are dues with club sports, however, they are competitively priced when compared to other universities. Our programs are partially funded by the school to dramatically reduce costs. The dues for this year can be found on our Club Sports fees list on our how to join page.
What do my dues provide me?
Specific to each sport and team, dues are applied to operational costs including but not limited to: coaching and leadership training, equipment, game uniforms, basic practice gear, field and facility rentals, league fees, tournament fees, officials, hotels, ground transportation, meals and administration fees.
Is financial assistance available?
GCU offers a robust academic scholarship program, however, there is no financial assistance specific for club sports.
Do I have to be a GCU student to play club sports?
Athletes must be attending classes on our Phoenix campus to participate in club sports. Online students will not be permitted to play, however, graduate students will be permitted on an approval basis. You can apply to GCU for free.
How can I register to play club sports?
Students are able to register by clicking on the sport they would like to participate in on our Club Sports fees list. More information on this topic can be found on our how to join page.
How does a student contact the coach?
Students can contact the coach by either getting their direct email from the PDS, or by contacting the coach directly for each sport. The student-athlete that is best suited for club sports are those wishing to continue to play their sport in college at a competitive level.
What if I’m interested in more than one sport?
As long as the schedules for both sports do not conflict, and the student is willing to pay the dues for each sport, the student would be able to participate in more than one sport.
How do I get medically cleared to play club sports?
The instructions to become medically cleared can be found on our Club Sports medicine page.
Do club sports use my NCAA eligibility?
Yes, club sports is organized college athletics and will use up NCAA eligibility.
What age do I have to be?
25 years of age is the oldest a student can be to participate in club sports, but there is no minimum age.
Do I need my own equipment to join a club?
It is recommended that you be prepared to provide your own basic training equipment. For instance, running club members would be provided a team tank top and running shorts, but would purchase their own running shoes.
Will I have to miss class for club sports events, and will I be excused?
It is possible that a student could miss class, however, they are encouraged to reach out to their professors ahead of time to be excused. It is up to the student to make up for any lost time and classwork.