Club Sports is an athletic program at Lewis & Clark College, supporting many non-NCAA affiliated sport clubs. Some clubs are associated with local leagues, regional and national governing bodies. A program of the Office of Student Activities, Club Sports provides sports and experiential leadership opportunities for many Lewis & Clark students.
Clubs are initiated and run by students, with support from staff in Student Activities, volunteer faculty/staff advisors, and coaches from the community.
Through involvement, club athletes have the opportunity to:
1. Develop a lifelong passion for an active lifestyle
2. Develop friendship and community
3. Develop professional skills
Frequently Asked Questions
How many Club Sports are offered?
The program currently supports 8 clubs, totaling over 165 club athletes.
Recognized Club Sports include:
- Men’s and Women’s Ultimate Frisbee
- Men’s Club Soccer
- Sailing (co-ed)
- Women’s Club Lacrosse
- Women’s Club Rugby
Who can be a member?
Membership is available to student body fee-paying students in the College of Arts and Sciences.
How can you become a member?
Students should contact club leaders directly for more information about membership and practice time. The best way to to that is to visit Student Activities’ Student Organizations website and get club contact information. The Student Activities staff can also assist you with getting in contact with the clubs.
How much does it cost?
Clubs receive funding from the Associated Students of Lewis & Clark through the annual budget allocation process. In most cases, clubs expect members to help cover the cost for things like jerseys, specialized equipment, and travel. In some cases, clubs require members to participate in fundraising activities to help defray costs.
Do you need to have experience to join?
All clubs recruit members regardless of skill level and teach them the basics. No club may restrict its membership, however, only a certain number of participants are needed in competition or are eligible in accordance with league regulations. Each club is responsible for establishing a method of accommodating all of its members.
Do clubs have coaches?
Student Activities does not recruit, fund, or hire coaches. Therefore, coaching and instruction services vary from club to club. Most coaches either volunteer their time or receive a stipend from the club for their work.
How do you start a new club sport?
The first step is to apply for recognition for your proposed organization through the Office of Student Activities. The Student Activities staff will review your recognition application with you to determine if your proposed organization is either a special interest organization or truly a Club Sport. Criteria to become a Club Sport include the team belonging to a local, regional, or national league and having a coach. Club Sports must also complete all risk management and travel paperwork when required by the Office of Student Activities.
How does the Office of Student Activities relate to Club Sports?
You will find club members practicing and competing in many different places around campus. Student Activities, located on the lower level of the Templeton Campus Center, serves as resource for club leaders and offers different resources, including:
- Travel arrangements
- Event scheduling
- Club development
- Special event planning
- Facilitating required paperwork and clearances
If club sport leaders need assistance outside of 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday, please call the Director of Student Activities at 503-367-6401.
Is Club Sports part of Athletics?
No. Club Sports is not a program of the Lewis & Clark College Department of Physical Education and Athletics. To learn more about that department, click here.
Club Sports Scheduling Timeline and Process
- The Department of Physical Education and Athletics relays Griswold Stadium field availability to the Office of Student Activities by the first day of classes for both the fall and spring semesters.
- The Director of Student Activities and the Club Sports Coordinator meet with the Club Sports Team Captains during the first week of classes to work through practice and game time requests.
- Once Student Activities has all of the requested times, they are relayed back to Physical Education and Athletics by sport.
- Within five (5) business days of receiving the requests from Student Activities, Physical Education and Athletics will respond with any issues or confirmation of the requests.
- Five (5) business days will allow time to address any questions/conflicts, enter the requests into the scheduling database (EMS), update field logistics (e.g. scheduling field lights), updating field access through Campus Safety and Pamplin Sports Center staff, and posting venue schedules.
- Once schedules have been confirmed, no changes/adjustments can be made without requesting them through Student Activities and receiving approval from Physical Education and Athletics.
- Any questions relative to scheduling for any Club Sports are to be directed to the Office of Student Activities and not the Department of Physical Education and Athletics.
- In the event of inclement weather or a College closure the athletic facilities (i.e. Griswold Stadium field) will not be accessible. Access to the field will only be made available by the Department of Physical Education and Athletics after they deem it appropriate. After a weather incident, Club Sports will be notified by either the Department of Physical Education and Athletics or the Office of Student Activities that facilities are open and available.
- Club Sports that violate any rule with regards to athletic facility use will be referred to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities and will have the potential of losing all privileges associated with the use of all athletic facilities for a period of time determined through adjudication.
General Priority Use of Athletic Facilities
- Lewis & Clark Academic Classes*
- Riverdale High School per the College’s Conditional Use Master Plan Agreement with the City of Portland (2008)
- Lewis & Clark Varsity Athletics Practices and Competition
- Lewis & Clark Recreation (including Club Sports and Intramurals)
- Other College Events
- Non-College Groups and Events (*)
(*) College and Non-College groups can use facilities through established reservation procedures. Additionally, it is understood that the Department of Physical Education and Athletics is expected to produce revenue through rental of its facilities which may require an exception to the priority guidelines. Any exceptions to the priority guidelines must be approved by the Director of Physical Education and Athletics.
All Athletics facilities, indoor and outdoor, are categorized as multi-use to maximize program usage to all groups. Additionally, institutional events (e.g., NSO, graduation, guest speakers) are not accounted for in priority guide and may alter the priority order.