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Differences Between College, Club and Intramural Sports

Differences Between College, Club and Intramural Sports


Colleges and universities offer a wide range of options for students looking to play sports. In theory, you can play as an up-and-coming all-star on a Division 1 team or with some friends in an intramural league. Here are the need-to-know differences between the three sporting options.

Intramural Sports

If you’re looking to round up a group of friends for informal games, intramural sports are your best option. Intramural sports are the most casual and affordable way to join organized athletics. They also offer some of the most diverse sports.

Schools feature everything from Quidditch to dodgeball to flag football. Intramural sports also are great for people with little free time or a small budget. They don’t require attendance at every game and the biggest cost usually is a small fee to form a team.

Club Sports

Club sports are a step up from intramurals. Club teams are more competitive, play against other schools and require tryouts to join. If you end up on a team, you’ll work with other skilled student athletes and a coach. Schools tend to sponsor club teams. If you want to continue your experience in organized sports after leaving high school, club sports are the best choice.

Collegiate Sports

Collegiate sports are the most rigorous of all undergraduate athletics. They are the most competitive and organized, plus they are funded by the college or university. They’re sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in divisions.

Division 1 teams feature the most skilled athletes. Tournaments are broadcast on sports channels and the best athletes often go into professional sports. Some students earn scholarships or grants for their performance, too.

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