It doesn’t take long for students, especially first year students, at Boise State University to be exposed to the athletics and school spirit that it has. The attention that BSU has received over the past few years is a possible reason why students have made their decision to become a student. For other students, the athletic department or a specific program is the deciding factor in someone choosing to attend BSU.
Not every student at BSU gets the pleasure and opportunity to play at the varsity level. For those who don’t, Boise State offers many different club sports. Not all the major and popular sports are represented but instead other sports and activities that offer exercise, fun and competition while representing the Broncos.
Most of the club sports on campus do not compete in organized leagues but there are handfuls that do. These leagues are very competitive and a lot of pride comes with these teams.
“Men’s and women’s lacrosse, our baseball club, rugby, ice hockey, those to name a few that tend to be competitive,” assistant director of Rec Sports at Boise State Alain Rodrigue said. “They have a full home and away season, a full coaching staff. They fundraise a lot and are pretty competitive. Soccer (which begins its season in the fall), softball, women’s and men’s volleyball are on their way. The ones that seem to be more competitive seem to do better.”
Alain also added the clubs Cycling, Triathlon and Paintball to the list of clubs that are competitive and successful.
Since Rodrigue’s arrival to BSU in 2003, the university has seen an increase in club sports and the number of students involved in them.
“When I got here, we started with 16 clubs and now we’re at 29,” Rodrigue said. “We probably had 240-250 student athletes and now were around 400. I anticipate it to grow, especially with the building of the [new] pool.”
The list of club sports at BSU includes a number of sports that some might call obscure. There are more mainstream sports but two that are missing from the list of mainstream are men’s and women’s basketball as well as football. Bronco football is a staple at Boise State, as is basketball but the only way for students to play these sports are on the varsity team.
“Football, like hockey, is expensive to make happen,” Rodrigue said. “…Potentially football could happen. But then whom would you play? You need other universities to have club teams.”
As for basketball, Rodrigue talked about the many opportunities to play basketball, not only on the BSU campus, but also in many other leagues and at other venues, there just isn’t real demand for club basketball.
“Intramural basketball is our number one intramural [sport],” Rodrigue said.
At the start of every fall, the officers of the club sports work the hardest to recruit students to be a part of the team who will be competing that year. It’s in the summer and the first weeks of the fall semester that clubs receive the most inquiries about the club, what it is about and other questions that might be offered up. The amount recruiting done is up each individual club. They do get help from the CampusRec and the university. Posters, fliers, and on-campus events are mediums through which clubs can reach students but as Rodrigue put it, “at the end of the day, if they want to recruit, it is on them.”
Through out the summer months and without a doubt through the first weeks of the 2010 Fall Semester, there will be plenty of opportunities to find information and get connected with a club sport.
Club sports are a great way for students to be a part of team that competes in playing a sport they enjoy. It promotes healthy activity, teamwork and community service all while representing Boise State University.
If BSU doesn’t have a club sport that students wish to have, the process starts with an email to Alain Rodrigue.
Rodrigue can be reached by at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information on club sports can found at rec.boisestate.edu/clubsports/.
“Our students like to be a part of something that is structured and organized,” Rodrigue said. “The ones that do that part well seem to attract more students.”