Intramural vs. Club Sports


IMvsCLUBWe 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


Club Sport Spotlight: Ultimate Frisbee



Every team has some sort of goal that they work towards in order to keep moving forward for the better. It is up to the officers of our Club Sports teams at Oakland University to keep the goals alive and motivate the members to strive to reach what they desire.

For those who do not know, Ultimate Frisbee is a sport where soccer meets handball on a football field with a disc instead of a ball. This type of sport is self refed, so a lot of mutual respect comes from the players which is important to have on the field. With this amount of sportsmanship, there is the phrase “spirit of the game” given to the fair play each player helps represent.

The Ultimate Frisbee Club and the President Tom Baranski embody the “spirit of the game” and have the current goal to grow the team in order to get to regionals. This would push the team so they can be a staple for the Ultimate Community in Metro-Detroit. Growing their team would also allow them into the USA Ultimate Association, which as Baranski states, “Is the governing body for Ultimate Frisbee and other disc sports in the United States.”

They are looking for individuals who are committed to the sport and are able to hold their balance, have strong hand-eye coordination as well as speed and other athletic abilities. The team holds tryouts at the beginning of Fall and Winter semester and the practice times vary based on the season and the weather.

Ultimate Frisbee is extremely excited to grow their team and continue to compete against teams in tournaments and scrimmages within the region to represent Oakland University.

Club Sport Spotlight: Tennis


Some of the Club Sports here on Oakland University’s campus are hard to spot. To be successful, they don’t always practice in a campus facility. The Tennis Club practices over at Life Time Fitness. When the weather is nice, they will practice at the RAOC upper fields on the tennis courts.

This club is split between Practice and Travel Squad, with 27 different members. The Practice Squad welcomes any level of tennis with no limit or maximum on who can join and practices with the team. It’s about having a good time doing what they love. In order to join the Travel Squad, members must go through a try out to be considered to go to matches and tournaments.

During this past fall semester, the Travel group was incredibly successful. The Club hosted it’s own tournament called Grizz Bash, attended the Midland Tournament at Saginaw Valley State University and also competed in the Bulldog Beatdown hosted by Ferris State University. At all three of these tournaments, the Oakland University Tennis Club took first place! They also recently attended the BIG 10 Tournament, which is hosted by Michigan State University.

The Tennis Club also hosted a match tournament this past weekend on March 12th at Life Time Fitness. They played against Eastern and University of Michigan Dearborn having two Oakland groups represented and Oakland Tennis took both first and second. This is an exciting win and for the President Jaclyn Nasir she hopes to remain successful and of course have fun in tournaments.

Club Sport Spotlight: Equestrian Club


Multiple of the Club Sports at Recreation and Well-Being are developing to be extremely successful. For the Equestrian Club here at Oakland University, they are quickly rising to have close to their whole team qualifying for regionals and other competitions around the country.

The Club currently has 11 competitive riders that compete in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Associate in equitation classes, flat and jumping. They practice at the Bayside Equestrian Center and with nine competitions during the season, the team is the overall high point champion and multiple individual performances have earned this achievement as well.

Excitingly, 9 of the 11 riders have qualified to go to regionals at Albion College this year, and they hope to place well in order to make it to nationals, which are held in Lexington, Kentucky.

For next year, the President of the team, Samantha Buckert, has similar goals for the participants in the Club. Her desire is to get as many riders to qualify for regionals and then of course nationals as possible. Individual goals of moving up in divisions are also a large part of the Club for members too. Buckert is trying to reduce costs of the team this summer by doing many fundraisers to make things more affordable for the riders.

Making it to nationals is just around the corner for the Equestrian team, and with the success they are having this far, they are fierce competition for what is to come. They are representing Club Sports very highly for Recreation and Well-Being here at Oakland University.

A Winning Weekend

Winning seemed to be last weekend’s trend for OU club teams. DIII Hockey and Vitality Dance each came up with huge wins (and huge trophies). Division III Hockey captured a National Championship last weekend and Vitality Dance won their competition at the University of Michigan, receiving first place in their dances for both Lyrical and Jazz.


The club seasons are winding down, but there’s a lot more winning to do! To learn more about the club sports at OU click HERE!

Club Sport Spotlight: Waterpolo

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Maria Gutowski came to Oakland University hoping to find a way to competitively swim, what she got was a chance to spend time in the water as part of the Waterpolo club team. The Waterpolo team has been around since 2010, and is already making great strides towards becoming an elite club. When Kristy Cornell and Liz Jacobs started the club in 2010 there wasn’t much interest or knowledge of the sport. But through advertising and word of mouth, they were able to get the Waterpolo team on it’s feet. Liz’s proudest moment is when she was able to see the team she had started compete in a tournament at Central Michigan University. Now with club president Maria Gutowski, the team is reaching new heights and providing an amazing opportunity for lovers of Waterpolo to play the game again.


This past year, the Waterpolo team has competed in two tournaments and at both tournaments they went 1-2. For this team, just getting the opportunity to play again was invaluable. Getting the opportunity to grow as a team and to gain experience is necessary if they want to reach their goals for 2016. One of their biggest goals for the new year is to gain awareness on campus. They plan on volunteering more and becoming more involved in the community. The team is planning on competing in a tournament in April, and are hoping to have a scrimmage vs. Central Michigan University.

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If you are interested in learning more about the Waterpolo club team, or want to join, contact team president Maria Gutowski at, or request to join their team on


Indoor Triathlon at OU Campus Rec!

Feeling a little sluggish and blue this winter season?  The Rec is here to stoke the fire back in your inner athlete, with a healthy dose of competition.  Get your body revved up and ready for the 6th annual Indoor Triathlon, hosted by the OU Campus of Recreation Department of Club Sports, taking place Sunday, March 6th 2016.  Spend the day feeling great, while challenging yourself or your team members with this fun, heart charging event!

Registration is open to individuals as well as teams of three, who wish to split up each leg of the race.  The race includes a 750M (15 laps) swim, a 20K bike ride and a 5K run.   The duration of the event is from 10:00am to 6:00pm. There will be two time blocks on Sunday, from 11:00am until 2:00pm and 2:00pm until 5:00pm which participants can choose as their race. Early bird registration ends March 3rd at Noon, so make sure to get your teams together or just yourself, down to the Campus Recreation Welcome Center and save 5 dollars!

Registration Fees

Prices: Individual OU Student: $20

Non-OU Individual: $28

3-person team: $70


Volunteers are always appreciated too! The available times to help out are from 11:00am-2:00pm or 2:00pm-5:00pm.  All volunteers should arrive one hour prior to the start of their shift.  If interested click here.

To register for the indoor triathlon click here.

Participants and volunteers will help raise funds in support for the charity organization NOCC, North Oakland Community Coalition, who provide programs and education for underage drinking, substance abuse and mental health support.

For more details contact the Club Sports Advisory Council at or (248)370-4732.