Club Sports Program

Sport based clubs are an integral component of the programming and activities offered by the department of Recreational Services. All students and individuals within the University community interested in sports are invited and encouraged to participate. Participation in sport based clubs is another means of providing balance to a student’s academic, personal, and social life along with the development of teamwork and leadership skills. The program aims to provide equal opportunities for each individual to participate, regardless of gender, age, sports interest, or motor-skill level.

Sport based clubs are classified as either Club Sports or Voluntary Student Organizations (VSO) at the University of Michigan-Flint, (UM-Flint). Sport based voluntary clubs (VSO), semi-regularly compete in various club or recreational leagues, contests and tournaments against other adults of a similar age range. Sport based VSO clubs are members of local or regionally sponsored recreation associations. Club Sports are classified as Sponsored Student Organizations (SSO) by the University of Michigan-Flint. Club Sports are registered in collegiate leagues and regularly compete in various state, regional, and national contests and tournaments against clubs from other colleges and universities. VSOs must serve a successful probationary period (approximately 2-3 years) before receiving approval to become a SSO Club Sport.

What is a Club Sport?

Club Sports are student-led, sponsored organizations composed of students at UM-Flint and who are taking at least six credit hours. Each club is formed, developed, governed, and administered by the student membership of that specific club, and has served a successful VSO probation period while working under the oversight of the Club Sports Coordinator. While Club Sports are under the department of Recreational Services, Club Sports are held to the same standards of responsibility as University departments.

Sponsored benefits include:

  • Eligible for University funding
  • Receives a direct financial allocation from the Student Activity Fee
  • On-campus mailing address
  • Listing in university publications
  • Use of University equipment
  • Rental of University vehicles
  • Ability to reserve University rooms and distribution tables
  • Catering discount
  • Technological resources
  • University web space
  • Participation in student organization fairs
  • Student organization account
  • Storage space
  • Use of the trade-marked UM-Flint Logo
  • University general liability insurance coverage
  • Ability to fundraise through the office of Development
  • Tax exempt status

What is a Voluntary Sport Club?

Voluntary Sport Clubs are student-led organizations composed of students enrolled in a program and at UM-Flint and who are taking at least six credit hours. Each club is formed, developed, governed, and administered by the student membership of the specific club, working with the Club Sports Coordinator. Voluntary Sport Clubs are student organizations that seek access to certain University-controlled benefits and resources and are accountable to the University for legal compliance, fiscal responsibility and adherence to established community standards. It is recommended that VSOs seek out a faculty/staff advisor although an advisor is not required to be a VSO.

Voluntary benefits include:

  • Eligible for University funding
  • On-campus mailing address
  • Listing in university publications
  • Use or rent of University equipment
  • Rental of University vehicles
  • Ability to reserve University rooms and distribution tables
  • Catering discount
  • Technological resources
  • University web space
  • Participation in student organization fairs
  • Student organization account
  • Storage space