Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Alton Little, William Kummer, William Meadors

Degree Program

Department of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport

Degree Type

Master of Science


The purpose of this study was to investigate and identify organizational and administrative trends in university club sports. The general research design was the survey via a questionnaire distributed through the mail. The sample was limited to the 102 colleges and universities with student populations between 10,000 and 17,000 as listed with the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association Directory. The questions were developed under the general topic area headings: Departmental Supervision, Sponsored Clubs, Memberships, Departmental Financing, Budget, Budget Expenditures, Contest Arrangements, Class Excuses, Academic Standards, Locker Space, Office Space, Varsity Status, Legal Liability and Facilities.

A total of eighty (78.4%) institutions responded to the survey. The collected data from these institutions revealed that sports clubs were primarily supervised by the Intramural Department; there was an average of eleven clubs per institution with an approximate membership of twenty-four participants; money for the clubs came from a variety of sources; the average budget per club was $1,736.00; arrangement for contests were primarily made by club members, coaches, or advisors; a majority of institutions did not excuse participants from class for contests; a majority of institutions did not require that club members maintain the same academic standards as varsity athletes; locker space was also available for sports clubs in many institutions; office space was too limited to be made available for approximately half of the institutions when clubs needed space; a majority of the institutions did have provisions, at least in some cases, whereby sports clubs could become varsity sports; legal liability for club members were left up to the college or university or to the club members themselves; and sports clubs came after physical education classes, varsity athletics and intramural activities for scheduled facility time.


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