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Club sports gaining in numbers, popularity

Club sports on Florida Atlantic University’s Boca Raton campus are becoming more popular as students become aware of them. FAU offers 20 of them and is adding more each year.

Cricket becomes the newest club sport, while the paintball club's team will get a chance to repeat its dominant performance of last year.

“Ever since the addition of the recreation center, more students have been interested with starting or joining a club sport,” said Kate Quinlan, FAU’s sports and competition coordinator.

This semester, more than 300 students will participate in club sports, Quinlan said.

“Campus recreation plays a huge role in the athletics of the school as a whole,” said Katrina McCormack, FAU’s assistant athletic director for media relations. Student fees paid at registration help sustain the clubs, she said.

Among the club sports Campus Recreation offers are ultimate Frisbee, rugby for men and women, lacrosse for men and women, ice hockey and softball. Students who are interested in getting a good cardio workout may also be interested in the various martial arts clubs.

“Anything that keeps students engaged helps make them a better fan of FAU – and when graduated a better alumni,” McCormack said.

Last year, the FAU paintball club team finished 10th nationally and was the best in Florida in its division. This year, the team willcompete in the Collegiate World Cup. The team’s goals: to get FAU known on a national level to help promote the school and get more people to come out and give support.

“Being a part of the paintball team has made me prouder to be a part of FAU,” said Greg Montalvo, the paintball team captain. “There’s just something about collegiate events that just get you amped up.”

The interest level of the students helps determine which clubs will continue and which new ones will be formed, according to the campus Recreation Department.

To start a club, students must gather eight to 10 prospective members, write a constitution and pay club fees if any are due.

A constitution consists of rules that are unique to each club sport. Some clubs require students to maintain a certain grade-point average throughout the year to participate. That it is determined by the club at the beginning of the each semester.




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