Originally established over 30 years ago with a limited number of clubs, the Ithaca College Sport Club program has undergone a significant expansion since that time and currently consists of 38 clubs in the categories of competitive, instructional, performance and recreational sports.
Placed under the guidance of the Office of Recreational Sports in fall 2001, the sport club program is currently based out of the Ithaca College Fitness Center and continues to expand at a rapid rate as clubs are added as interest for them increases.
Voluntarily organized by students, sport clubs exist for the purpose of furthering a common interest in a physical activity through competition, instruction, participation, or performance. Students elect their own officers, draft their own constitution, request facility space, get approval for and make travel arrangements, schedule contests with other teams, develop contracts with officials and artists, fund raise and manage their budget.
The Ithaca College Sport Club program categorizes clubs as competitive, instructional, performance or recreation based. Competitive clubs are defined as those clubs that are based on a traditional win/loss system of play and compete against fellow institutions both on and off campus in a set schedule. Instructional clubs are defined as those clubs that are based on an instructor/student relationship. Our martial arts clubs fall into this category.
Breakdown of Competitive and Instructional Sport Clubs
Included among the traditional competitive sport clubs are men’s and women’s basketball, lacrosse, soccer, rugby and volleyball as well as softball, field hockey, and men’s ice hockey. Less traditional sports offered are equestrian, ski racing, ultimate frisbee. Equestrian and ski racing are competitive on multiple levels, with these teams, as well as tae kwon do, competing as a team as well as registering individual results during their competitions.
In addition to these sports, Ithaca College Cheerleading, the Bombshells Dance Team and Tae Kwon Do are also offered at a competitive level. While performance based in nature, these programs also attend competitions during the academic year. Following their performances during the football and basketball seasons, the cheerleading squad travels to national cheerleading competitions each spring and the Bombshells attend the College Dance Team National Championships in Orlando, Florida on a regular basis. Tae Kwon Do, in addition to their training regimen, also offers the opportunity for individuals to attend several tournaments during the year.
Purpose of Competitive and Instructional Sport Clubs
The purpose of competitive and instructional sport clubs is to provide the opportunity for members of the Ithaca College community to continue to compete at a high level against fellow institutions in their desired sports without the stringent practice and competition schedules associated with intercollegiate competition. Each competitive and instructional club offers its own unique aspects that add to the collegiate athletic experience and provide valuable opportunities to connect with individuals from other areas of the country and the world in a fun and safe supportive environment which Ithaca College is committed to providing to its students.