Differences between College, Club and Intramural Sports
Colleges offer a wide range of options for students looking to play sports. You could 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 sporting options offered in college.
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 in college. They also offer some of the most diverse sports. Colleges 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 are a step up from intramurals. Club teams are more competitive, play against other colleges and require tryouts to join. If you end up on a team, you’ll work with other skilled student athletes and a coach. Colleges 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.
These teams sit at the top of the college sports pyramid. They are the most competitive, are funded by a college or university and organized. They’re sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association and are organized into divisions, with Division 1 teams featuring the most skilled student athletes. Collegiate tournaments are broadcast on popular sports channels and the best athletes often go into professional sports. Some students earn financial aid for their participation.
Collegiate sports are the most rigorous of all college athletics.