By Caitlin Dunnells, Staff Reporter
Club sports have become more popular over the years. Club sports are sports that compete competitively with other universities but are not regulated by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
HSU has a total of nine club sports that students are able to join. The club sports available include men’s and women’s lacrosse, eSports, chess, table tennis, swimming, gymnastics, sand volleyball, outdoor club and outdoor tennis. Students are able to join any club and can even start a new club sport if desired.
“Students can start or join a club using the HSU app. They can click the URec tab and then the club sports tab. There will be two links at the bottom of the page. One is to join a club, and the other is to start a club,” said Nathaniel Jack, an admissions counselor.
After filling out a form to start a club, Donovan Hailey or Nathaniel Jack will contact the student about the next step. For students that are filling out a form for a current club, the club president will be in contact with more information.
Information about each existing club sport is available on the HSU app, along with contact information. Most club sport teams are co-ed and all students are welcome to join. Club sports usually do not require students to try out. Students can join a club for fun, to compete or just to enjoy the sport they love. Students can contact the club president in order to receive more information on their club.
“Competition and traveling vary for each club,” Jack said.
Some sports are in leagues and compete with schools like Texas Christian University and Texas Tech University. Other sports are recreational and compete with Abilene Christian University and McMurry University.
Each club sport is special with its purpose and its operation. All teams are expected to reflect positively on the club sports as a program and Hardin-Simmons University. “Alongside extramural competition and performance, the club sports program places a high degree of emphasis on student initiative, organization, leadership, decision-making and team management,” Jack said.
Joining a club sport is a great way to make friends, have fun and release stress. Teams are always looking for new members to join. Students do not have to have experience to join a team.