Did you know the CSUSB Recreational Sports Center holds many sports clubs on campus?
Being a member of a sports club means your are participating in a recreational sports program that holds practices, travels to other schools to compete, and represent the sports club department and CSUSB.
The sports clubs program seeks to boost the excitement and competition students desire regarding sports that the school may not otherwise offer for students not involved with official athletic teams.
All clubs are held on campus every quarter.
These clubs consist of: mixed martial arts, Coyote soccer (men’s soccer), Coyote FC (women’s soccer), Coyote running, table tennis, pat tennis and badminton.
If this is your first year being a Coyote this is a great way to interact, make new friends and keep active.
In order for a club to exist, there must be five board members for each club and the club would have to be approved by the Student Leadership department.
Joining these clubs would be a competitive and academically driven environment for students.
In addition, students must have at least a 2.5 GPA to participate.
The club leader would be in charge of managing the club which includes, training sessions, scheduling games, and fundraising.
The cost is $25 dollars per club for one year.
This covers every enrolled athlete under the sports club insurance plan.
All teams are organized by students as they are responsible for their own equipment, uniforms and all other needs.
Teams compete against other universities such as Long Beach State, Sonoma State, UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton.
President of Coyote’s soccer club and sports club supervisor, Angel Saenz De Viteri recommends sports clubs for all students and explains why participating is beneficial to students.
“To get involved on campus and with the school and to establish a leadership role,” said Viteri.
Being involved in an on campus club and having to manage everything yourself is a great way to learn leadership skills.
MMA club member Natalie Lu, got involved with this club because she always liked martial arts and grew up watching movies of Bruce Lee and Jet Li.
“I looked up the club and found that they had a Facebook and then I looked for them on late rec. night,” said Lu.
“I talked to the current president Dakota Hughes, not really interested in trying other martial arts but he was able to convince me too. Sooner or later I found myself involved with the club, helping out with the tournaments and recruiting,” said Lu.
The MMA club and the other sports clubs are all enjoyed very much by students.
“I enjoy the mixture of characters seen within the club. The love for the sport is expressed in all different ways. From cub parties to just training at the gym together and much more,” said Lu.
She continued “We bond in odd ways but that makes us the club that we are. It’s always interesting to see the things you might learn. It’s not about the skill and drilling, it’s also about learning and growing as a person.”
Getting to meet new friends and learn from each other are advantages gained from participating in these sports clubs.
For more information about participating in a sports club or wanting to start a new club, contact Raul Gonzalez, Sports and Facilities Coordinator, or Angel Saenz De Viteri, Sports club supervisor.
Both of thier offices are located in the recreational center.
Take a little time off from school, relieve some stress and join a sports club at the Recreational Center.