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Difference between Club Sports and Intramural Sports

  • What is the difference between Club Sports and Intramural Sports?
    • Club Sports are University recognized student organizations that are student-run and student-funded. Club Sports typically practice 2-3 times a week and have state, regional, or national competitions throughout the school year. Intramural Sports are recreational activities that take place among Notre Dame students only and can range from a one-day event to a 3-6 week league.

Starting or joining a club

  • How do I join a Club Sport?
    • You may write or call the club’s contact person or the RecSports club sports staff. You may also learn more about the clubs and joining by attending Activities Night at the beginning of the academic year.
  • How do I start a new Club Sport?
    • Individuals who are interested in forming a new student organization should follow the Prospective Student Club steps through the Student Activities Office. Click here for more information.


  • Can Saint Mary’s or Holy Cross students be club members?
    • All clubs except Men’s and Women’s Boxing, and Men’s Volleyball are open to St. Mary’s and Holy Cross students. St. Mary's and Holy Cross students are encouraged to join any of the other club sports.
  • Are faculty and staff permitted to join a club?
    • They may join and participate in practices, but they may not compete or serve as club officers.


  • Does it cost money to participate in a club sport?
    • Yes. All club sports are required to charge at least $10 for their membership dues. However, many clubs increase their membership dues to cover costs of travel, equipment, officials, and/or league fees. Clubs also do fundraising and solicit sponsorships and donations to help lower their expenses. 


  • Is RecSports involved if a club works with Student Activities on a fundraiser?
    • Clubs must first submit all fundraising details and artwork for approval to the Assistant Director, Club Sports before submitting it on SAO360.