Club Sports teams bring together groups of students with similar interests to organize and participate in a specific sport and/or recreational sporting activity. We are a dynamic organization on the DU campus, committed to developing students as active members of the University community.
We have 29 active sport clubs that compete in local, regional and intercollegiate competitions. Whether you have been playing a sport for years or want to try something new, we encourage you to join a team and stay active throughout your time at DU!
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2018-19 Total Participants
2018-19 National Championships Appearances
2018-19 Regional Championships Appearances
2017 – Club Women’s Lacrosse (WCLA Division II)
2016 – Club Women’s Lacrosse (WCLA Division II)
2015 – Club Climbing (Tristan Chen – USA Climbing Collegiate Men’s Sport)
2014 – Club Cycling (Brad Neagos – USA Cycling Collegiate Road Nationals Individual Omnium Men’s Division II)
2013 – Club Cycling (Michael Burleigh – USA Cycling Collegiate Road Nationals Individual Time Trial Men’s Division II)
2012 – Club Cycling (Rebecca Gross – USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike Women’s Division II)
2011 – Club Cycling (Matt Lyons – USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike Men’s Division II)
2011 – Club Cycling (Rebecca Gross – USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike Women’s Division II)
2nd place at the NIRSA Region V Championships at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Sportsmanship Award winners at the NIRSA Region VI Championships at Sacramento State University in 2018
Top 15 team finishes and Top 3 individual finishes at the USA Climbing Collegiate National Championships in 2015, 2016, and 2017
Top 25 USA Curling Collegiate final team ranking in 6 of previous 7 seasons (2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
Top 15 individual finishes at the USA Cycling Collegiate Road Nationals in the Division I women’s division in the Criterium, Road, and Time Trial races in 2017
First-place finish at the UDA Rocky Mountain Dance Championships (Collegiate Division) in 2019
Hosted and qualified for the US Intercollegiate Team Skating National Championships and placed 8th at the event in 2018
Placed fourth, fifth and 11th in women’s skiing at the IFSA FWQ National Championships in 2019
Finished eighth at the NCCGA National Invitational in spring 2019
Placed fourth as a team at the NAIGC National Championships (Level 8) in 2019
Ice Hockey (M)
Competed in the ACHA D2 National Championships (top 16 teams out of over 200 D2 teams qualify) in 2018
Won the Colorado United Lacrosse League (CULL) Elite League Championship in 2018
Recorded several top finishes at the WCLA Division II National Championships (national champions in 2016 and 2017; runners-up in 2018)
Won 2019 NSCRO Las Vegas 7s Invitational Championships; finished sixth at the NSCRO 7s National Championships in 2019; finished the 2017-18 season ranked 11th in the NSCRO Men’s 15s National Ranking
Qualified five athletes for the Collegiate Club Swimming & Diving National Championships in 2018 and 2019
Tournament champions of the New Year Fest (2019), the Illinois Invite (2017, 2018), Dust Bowl (2016) and Kokopelli (2016), including USA Ultimate South Central Regional appearances in first four years of team’s existence (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
9th place finish at the NCVF National Championships (Division II) in 2018
Pioneers Across the Country
DU Club Sports teams traveled all across the country in 2018-19 to represent the University of Denver!
Frequently Asked Questions
What are Club Sports?
A Club Sport is a group of individuals brought together by similar interests in order to organize, participate and compete or perform in a specific sport. Each Club Sport has a leadership structure within its club and is led by at least two club officers. Club Sports, while unique and separate entities, are responsible for following policies and guidelines set forth by the Club Sports Manual and the Division of Athletics & Recreation.
While it is not required of all clubs, many have coaches to facilitate practices and coach at competitions. Our clubs compete against clubs from other universities and against local, regional, and national competition, but are not affiliated with the NCAA. The strength of Club Sports depends greatly on the degree of dedication of the student officers and club members. Members can expect to learn leadership and organizational skills through their participation.
Who can join a Club Sport?
Club Sports participation is open to all University of Denver students (undergraduate and graduate), as well as full-time faculty & staff. Eligibility for competition may have separate guidelines, as determined by each club’s governing body. Faculty/staff are typically not eligible for competition, and most governing bodies have a credit hour requirement for each academic term.
Are there membership fees to join?
All clubs collect team dues, but the amount varies for each club. Dues typically cover the costs for uniforms, other apparel, equipment, coaching and travel.
How do I join?
Contact the officers for the club you are interested in joining to find out information on tryouts and/or a team’s next practice. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes early to your first practice to complete the appropriate paperwork to participate in tryouts/practice.
Are there tryouts?
Some clubs host tryouts due to limited space and equipment, or to establish a competition/travel roster. Please email the club officers to find out more information about tryouts.
What is the time commitment?
Practice requirements vary by club. Most clubs practice two or three times a week for about one or two hours per practice. Frequency of practices and days/times of each practice are determined based on facility availability and if the club is in competition season.
How are clubs funded?
Clubs are supported by the Division of Athletics & Recreation, which receives funding from the Undergraduate Student Government (USG). The Club Sports Executive Council, consisting of officers from various Club Sports teams, determines funding for each club through budget proposals and allocation presentations.
Clubs are eligible to apply for additional funding through Club Sports to cover various risk management initiatives. Clubs are required to collect team dues and fundraise throughout conventional methods or soliciting for donations.
How can I start a new club?
If there is a competitive sport not listed that you have interest in starting, visit our Start a New Club page.