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  • Does it cost money to play a club sports?

    Yes, the majority of clubs charge dues to join and participate. Most clubs do receive limited funding from the university, but this funding does not cover all of the expenses incurred. Dues payments help defray the cost of travel, registration, tournaments and other expenses. Dues range from $50 per semester to $1,000 per academic year depending on sport and schedules.

  •   How do I join a club sport?
     

    There are two ways a student may join a club. 

    For incoming students, you can fill out a recruitment form on the club's website.  When you click submit, the information is sent to the club, who will follow up with you via email or phone to answer your questions and discuss the club with you.

    For new and returning students, UIW holds an "Information meeting" each fall and spring.  This is a day near the beginning of each semester in which all clubs are present to help any questions new students may have about the team and schedules. These days are an opportunity to join a club, speak with members of the various clubs, and learn more about each club.

  •   What is the difference between club sports and intramurals?
     

    This is the number one question we get asked at first-year student orientation. Simply, intramural activities are short-term competitions among UIW students, faculty, and staff. Club sports are for students who want to commit to a longer season and a highly competitive level. Sport clubs practices, meetings, competitions and fundraisers are led by graduate assistant coaches and athletes. Sport clubs practice multiple times per week and travel to compete against other schools' club sports teams. Intramurals consist of UIW students, faculty and staff that compete against each other in organized leagues and tournaments within the UIW community on a more recreational level.

  •   What is the difference between Club Sports and NCAA varsity sports?
     Club teams compete against other college or university club teams around the country, they are non-scholarship student athletes. Varsity sports are housed by The University of the Incarnate Word and compete in within the NCAA.
  •   How do I start a Club Sports team? 
     

    Schedule a meeting with the Club Sports supervisors to discuss your interest. Contact the office of Club Sports at clubsports@uiwtx.edu or at 210-805-5873.

  •   Am I eligible to play?
     

    In order to be eligible to play UIW club sports, one must meet the following requirements:

    • Student eligibility: To be eligible to represent UIW, a student-athlete must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 undergraduate/6 graduate hours at UIW.
    • GPA Requirements: Student-athletes must maintain a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative GPA. Any incoming freshman student-athlete who has a GPA below a 2.0 due to dual-credit classes taken in high school will still be eligible to compete, however, after their first semester they must maintain the minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA.
  •   Do I have to be a full time student to join?
     

    Yes, you must be a University of the Incarnate Word full time student to participate. Each student-athlete must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 undergraduate/6 graduate hours, maintain a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative GPA, and must be in good standing with the University.

  • Do I need health insurance to participate in a sport club?
     The University of the Incarnate Word does not insure students who are injured during participation in extracurricular activities, such as club sports competitions, practices, travel and other club activities. Club Sports requires that all club sports members have adequate medical insurance coverage.
  • Who coaches the club teams?
     

    At the University of the Incarnate Word all established club sport teams are coached by graduate assistants (GA). GA’s provide opportunities for success and development in their respected sport. Coaches attend all practices, games, fundraising and community service functions. 

  • What is the benefit of joining a Sport Club?
     Sport Clubs offers the opportunities for skill development, recreation, and intercollegiate competition to participants of all skill levels and interests. In addition, it presents a unique opportunity for students to develop both athletic and leadership abilities. These groups provide a medium for students to enhance the lessons and theories learned in the classroom through real life experiences and responsibilities. Not to mention, it’s fun and keeps you active.
  • How will increased support for Club Sports impact student life, satisfaction, and success?
     

    We anticipate increased resources will equal increased impact in the following areas:

    • Student recruitment/retention: Successful clubs and inspired coaches will help with recruitment and retention of students.
    • Connections and support system: First-year students make an immediate connection while teammates and coaches provide a much needed support system.
    • Leadership opportunities: Sport clubs help prepare students to live lives of purpose and become responsible leaders in society.
    • Health and well-being: Participation in club sports promotes physical fitness, relieves stress, and helps students with their emotional and psychological well-being.
    • Alumni relations: Increase opportunities for alumni involvement and relations.