How to Start a Sport Club

Sport clubs are recognized as student organizations through the Student Union Office, and must have their approval prior to being a sport club under Recreational Sports. If you have questions or would like information regarding starting a sport club, please come by the Sport Clubs Office in Room 202 of the SRC.

The Process

Individuals wishing to form a Sport Club at Texas Tech University should take the following steps:

  • Meet with the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs to explore the possibilities, benefits and requirements for becoming a Sport Club.
  • Complete the procedures required by the Student Union Office to become a recognized student organization.
  • Advertise club and hold meetings to attract a membership.
  • Develop constitution, by-laws, and club structure. The club must also obtain a full-time faculty/staff member as an advisor.
  • Criteria for Acceptance as a Sport Club:
    • The club’s purpose and activity must be appropriate and consistent with the purpose and philosophy of the Division of Recreational Sports.
    • Sufficient student interest must be shown by an active membership that is in accordance with the rules & regulations set forth by the Student Union Office.
    • Suitable facilities must be available for practice and competition.
    • The club must be financially self-reliant and continue to operate this way for one academic year.
    • Other programs offered elsewhere on campus must not currently meet the students’ interest and needs.
    • YOU MUST BE A STUDENT ORGANIZATION FOR AT LEAST ONE ACADEMIC YEAR BEFORE APPLYING TO JOIN THE SPORT CLUBS PROGRAM.
    • Make a formal presentation before the Executive Council that illustrates compliance with the above criteria. Click here for the application.

After review, the professional staff and Executive Council will notify each club of its recognition as an "active" sport club. If the application was rejected, a letter to the club, and advisor, will be sent explaining the reasons.

Following recognition, the sport club shall be bound by program and department rules and regulations and is eligible for sport club services and benefits. New clubs must spend one year on probation to demonstrate stability in terms of attracting campus-wide participation on an annual basis. Clubs in their first year are required to be virtually self-supporting during the probationary period, but could be eligible for limited funding, if a special need for financial assistance exists.

If any sport club begins to show a steady decrease in participation, student leadership, or general interest, the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs will investigate the decline to ascertain the possible causes and whether the problem is a temporary condition. If it is determined that a club is no longer meeting the needs of a reasonable number of students and no longer meets the criteria for acceptance as a sports club, termination of status may be appropriate. Once terminated, a club must re-enter the program by following the procedures for a newly formed club.