Tier System

A Tier System will be implemented for the 2017-2018 school year to better serve the Club Sports Program. The system is in place to establish clear expectations as well as identify what will be provided for each club. At the end of the 2016-2017 school year, the Club Sports Office classified all current teams into a specific tier.   All teams will remain in this tier for the entire 2017-2018 school year.  In March 2018, the Club Sports Office will assess each team on their current tier progress and discuss their future classification for 2018-2019.  At the end of the academic year in April 2018, the Club Sports Office will collect and finalize all club activity in order to make a final determination regarding each team’s tier status for the 2018-2019 academic year.  Compliance in each tier category will be reviewed and failure to meet designated minimum criteria will result in a letter from the Club Sports Coordinator outlining the team’s standing for the next academic year. 

  • There will be five Tiers based on a set of Club Sports Requirements used to distinguish each tier while also holding all clubs accountable to the standards of the program.
  • The amount of money allocated to each club will be determined by their tier classification, with Tier 1 receiving the most and Tier 5 receiving the least. An outline of how this funding may be used is below.

At the end of each year, while a team may meet all requirements in their tier, there are no guarantees that they will move up to a higher tier.  Each tier has a maximum number of teams allowed at any given time.  As stated above, all team’s tier status will be reviewed at the end of each academic year and decisions regarding movement up or down, will be made accordingly.

Club Sports Allocations will cover the cost for the following infrastructure fees:

  • Facilities
    • Funding will be provided for practice & games if on-campus accommodations are not available.
    • Funding will not be provided if on-campus accommodations are available and the team chooses to use facilities outside of the University offerings.
  • Safety
    • Police
    • EMT
    • Lifeguards
    • Event Staff
  • League Dues
  • Entry Fees
  • Equipment

Club Sports Allocations will not cover the following:

  • Officials/Judge Fees
  • Travel
  • Coaches’ Payment