We know it’s confusing. What IS the difference between intramurals and club sports? It’s a question that we hear quite often at Oakland University Recreation and Well-Being. Now that everyone is back on campus for the fall, we are here to clear it up for you.
Getting involved in intramurals is a fun way to play a sport in the league for potentially a few weeks with an option to play up to 13 sports a semester. All teams consist of students that compose their own team and compete against other student teams in a specific sport. Leagues can be men’s, women’s, coRec, or open teams depending on the sport.
Club Sports are often considered more competitive than intramural sports, but can also be instructional and recreational. Each club is governed by an elected board of student members that make the decisions of how the team operates (e.g. coach selection, tournaments, fundraising, etc.). Additionally, serving as an e-board member is a great way to gain leadership experience and transferrable skills.
For each intramural sport at OU Rec Well, the season is relatively short. It could range from a single day tournament to a four-week league. Team members need to register by the deadline and show up for their games at the designated times with their Oakland IDs.
Signing up for a club sport means you are signing up for the year. Each club sets a schedule for competitions, team meetings, and weekly practices. Typically club sports will play against other universities in games, competitions, and national tournaments, while other sports are more recreational. These clubs are primarily made up of OU students. Many club student athletes choose to participate in clubs because it is a great way to continue being active in a specific sport.
The registration fee for intramurals range from free to $25 per team depending on the sport. For club sports, each club defines their own costs and dues per member depending on how active they may be.
Intramurals and club sports are a great way of staying active on campus while allowing students to continue to play the sports that they love. Additionally, these opportunities help you meet new people that have similar interests and make life long friends. More information can be found on www.oakland.edu/recwell.