Prospective Athlete FAQ

Prospective Athlete FAQ

Varsity Sports

  • Varsity sports must follow NCAA and GLIAC rules and regulations. Practices and games are mandatory and travel is required to play other universities. Some varsity sports might allow walk-on try-outs, while others purely recruit. Varsity sports often offer scholarships and are housed in the Athletic Department. Varsity sports teams have paid coaches, scholarships, and generally compete in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. More information can be found at www.gvsulakers.com

Club Sports

  • Club sports provide students the opportunity to find community while continuing to compete in the sports they love or try new sports. The sports range from competitive to recreational. Some clubs have try-outs, but many are instructional and will teach members to play their sport. Clubs practice regularly throughout the academic year, compete against other institutions, pay dues, and focus on skill development. Club sports are student-run and provide officers the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of running an organization, budgeting, leadership, and management.

Intramural Sports

  • Intramural sports provide students, faculty, and staff the opportunity for competition and fun in a variety of team sports. On-campus leagues provide participants the chance to be both competitive and social, seasons typically last 4-6 weeks. Intramural sports are more recreational in nature than club sports. More information can be found at www.gvsu.edu/rec/imsports

Students must meet all of the following requirements to participate in GVSU Club Sports:

  • Most competitive team leagues require: Individuals must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at GVSU and consequently be taking the minimum number of credits required by the University to be considered a full-time student.

  • Non-competitive teams can have students enrolled in a minimum of one (1) credit participate. 

  • Meet all eligibility requirements stated in the individual team’s constitution.

  • Meet all eligibility requirements set forth by the league that the team competes in.

Only recognized members may utilize club sports equipment, practice times, or participate in a competition. Faculty/staff and Alumni are NOT permitted to participate in club sports.

GVSU offers 50+ club sports separated into Men's, Women's, and Coed. For a complete list of club sports offerings please visit the all sports list webpage

It depends on the club. Our clubs strive to cater to all levels of participation and skill. Some clubs may have traveling squads in addition to members that simply wish to practice. For specific details about a club, contact one of the club's e-board members.

Contact information can be found in our club sport index

Most clubs choose to charge annual or bi-annual membership dues in addition to fundraising and soliciting sponsorships and donations in order to assist with the operating costs of the club. The University does provide funding; however, this usually does not cover the entire costs of club operation including travel, equipment, officials, and/or league fees. Dues vary depending on the club, and it is solely the decision of the individual clubs on how much to charge its members. For specific details about a club's dues, please contact an e-board officer for that sport.

This will vary on the sport and whether you are in season or not. Most clubs practice 2-3 times a week for about two hours and compete once per weekend during their competition season. Clubs determine the number of practices a member must attend.

Some clubs are open to anyone who either wants to continue an activity they currently participate in or to anyone who wants to try a new sport. However, there are clubs that do hold try-outs due to their competitive nature and limited facilities. Typically, sports that hold try-outs will have cuts as well; some teams may not have cuts but have an A and B team. There may be a fee associated with the try-out.

Equipment requirements vary by sport. Some clubs may have equipment available, while other clubs may require you to bring your own. Contact a club officer directly for more information. 

All clubs are student-run and contain a president, vice president, risk management officer, treasurer, and public relations officer. Depending on the club, they may have more positions that are voted upon by the current club members.

There are additional leadership opportunities with the Club Sports Executive Council that includes an application process. This council is the administrative branch that deals with policies, procedures, funding, and all aspects related club sports.

Starting a club sport requires time and effort, but can be accomplished through the dedication of a small group of students. Please contact us at clubsprt@gvsu.edu if you and some friends are interested in starting on the journey to becoming a club sport. We will set up an initial meeting to discuss requirements such as finding an interest group of 10+ students, identifying a national governing body, researching potential opponents, becoming a registered student organization, finding a faculty adviser, and creating a constitution.

If you are looking for more information give our office a call at (616) 331-1732 or email us at clubsprt@gvsu.edu.