People often wonder what the difference is between club sports and varsity sports in college. Rowan University offers Varsity sports NCAA division 3 sport teams, club sports and intramural. Intramural teams are made within the university where students get to play the sport of their choice with friends and compete against fellow classmates. Varsity sports, such as Rowan’s Football and Baseball team, are sports that are funded by the school and a part of the school’s Division 3 NCAA.
This blog focuses on Rowan Rugby, a club sport team. Rowan Rugby and Rowan Ice Hockey are a part of division 2 for club sports. Rowan also offers a Division 3 Rowan ice hockey team, this allows all the prospective players a chance to get on the ice and play. Club sports are not governed under Rowan University‘s NCAA rules, therefore they are able to move to a tougher division within the club sports program.
Many people may think that club sports do not require as much determination and dedication as school funded sports through the NCAA. In reality, these athletes practice and dedicate as much time as possible, as long as it doesn’t interfere with their studies. Club sports have a very high competitive rate as they compete in leagues against other colleges.
“I played ice hockey in high school so I wanted to play in college as well. I am very impressed with how professional and dedicated each of us are to the team,” said JC Caulfield, captain of Rowan’s D2 Ice Hockey team. “You would never think we were not a varsity sport from watching one of our practices.”
“Club sports are the perfect combination of competition and effort. I met great men playing club sports at Rowan and also got to be a part of a very competitive team,” said David Collette, a 21 year old club sport Rugby player for Rowan University
Collette has been on the team since his freshman year. He has taken part in watching the team grow and accomplish many goals.
Although club sports may not be funded through the athletics program of Rowan University, there is no question that these students play like athletes. They work very hard to make a reputation for the club sports program at Rowan University. The rugby team finished the season undefeated and took home a championship. Rowan’s Ice hockey team currently holds a record of 15-6.
“My favorite thing about being a part of a club sport at Rowan has to be how we are able to represent and play for our university just as much as any other sport on campus. Club sport or not, we still help to make a name for all the athletic programs at Rowan University,” said Collette.
“Playing ice hockey at Rowan University has made my experience here that much better. Being on a club sport, taught me to appreciate my team and everyone I got the opportunity to meet,” said Caulfield.
Below you will find an audio slide show about Rowan University Club Sports. Get insight from Marty Marcinkiewicz, Rowan Rugby Player and Pete MacDonald, Rowan Ice Hockey player. Enjoy!