Long before varsity athletics provided an outlet for youthful energies, the men of Rutgers, like so many of their counterparts at the other colonial colleges, were privately challenging students from other schools to meet them “on the banks” for a little friendly competition.

In fact, the Rutgers student body is credited with initiating the first intercollegiate contest in football in 1869 and later with starting collegiate ultimate frisbee in 1973. Both of these efforts were student driven and student supported with little, if any, assistance from the University.

Today, Rutgers Sport Clubs continue on as student run organizations that exist to assist individuals to develop skills and improve their performance in a particular sport or physical activity. Sports Clubs may be instructional and/or competitive in nature, with the competitive clubs competing against other schools and leagues all around the country.

Whether recreational or competitive, there’s a Rutgers Sport Club for everyone.

A Rutgers Sport Club is a student organization that exists to assist individuals to develop skills and improve their performance in a particular sport or physical activity. A Sport Club may be instructional and/or competitive in nature, but it cannot be purely recreational. Club members must have the opportunity to do more than participate in an activity or watch it being played. Clubs that fit this definition may seek to become members of the Sport Club Council.

Clubs that are members of the Sports Club Council are student organized, student led and student funded. They can be organized to serve either the recreational needs or the competitive interests of their members. The choice is theirs. Whether recreational or competitive in nature, however, it is understood that all clubs must accept the application of every student who applies regardless of their skill ability or experience and that they all must strive to:

Provide students with the opportunity to explore the intricacies of a sport in greater depth than is possible in either the instructional class program or the intramural leagues sponsored by the various recreational departments at the University.
Provide leadership development opportunities for club members who wish to assume administrative duties within the club structure.
Provide students with the opportunity to compete at the collegiate level without making the same sacrifices of time and energy that are required to participate in a varsity sport.
Assist students to become part of a social community that has like interests and goals.

THE SPORT CLUB COUNCIL
The Sport Club Council is a student group empowered by the Office of Recreational Services to oversee certain aspects of the Sport Club Program. There are two bodies that conduct the work of the Council. The larger of the bodies is the Sport Club Advisory Committee. It is composed of the president of every sport club registered with the Office of Recreational Services. Its job is to guarantee that the University’s policies and procedures are observed by every club. Members are required to attend one meeting per semester.

The Executive Committee of the Council is the smaller of the two bodies. Its members are appointed by the Sport Club Coordinator of the Office of Recreational Services. There are seven members: one from each of the tiers of clubs and two at large. The Executive Committee appropriates funds, hears discipline cases, accepts new club applications and makes recommendations regarding policies and procedures. The Director of Sports is an ad hoc member of the Executive Committee.

In order to receive funding, use University vehicles or reserve space at any of the recreation facilities, a sport club must be a member of the Sport Club Council.

For more information about Rutgers Sport Clubs, contact the Director of Sports at 848-445-0462.

How to Start a Rutgers Sport Club
Those interested in starting a club sport should do the following:

  • Get the names, addresses, school addresses, email addresses, cell phone numbers and home numbers of all interested members.
  • Compile a roster with at least 15 potential dues-paying members on it with the information listed above.
  • Select a President, Vice-president, Treasurer and Secretary.
  • Download and review the Sport Club Manual.
  • Outline idea for club including number of practices or meetings per week, location of practices or meetings, types of equipment, possible league affiliation, etc., and make an appointment to meet with the Director of Sports by calling 848-445-0462.

ARE THE SPORT CLUBS COMPETITIVE
Some clubs are competitive, and play other schools. As a member, you can still participate in the practices without competing.

WHO CAN JOIN A SPORT CLUB?
Rutgers Sport Clubs are open to all students, faculty, staff, and Rutgers College Recreation Members. Some clubs may compete in student-only leagues, but that doesn’t exclude non-students from joining in club practices and events.

HOW MUCH KNOWLEDGE AND/OR EXPERIENCE DO I NEED TO HAVE TO JOIN A CLUB?
You don’t need any previous knowledge or experience to join the clubs. Sports clubs are a great opportunity to learn something new and try out something different.

HOW DO I JOIN A CLUB?
To join a club, you just need to contact any club officer, and they’ll have you fill out the paperwork. You can get the contact information for club officers by clicking the “Current Sport Club Officers” tab.

CAN I JOIN ANYTIME?
Yes, you can sign up anytime- but the earlier in the semester you join, the more you’ll learn.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Membership dues vary from club to club. Clubs with higher operating costs have higher dues.

IS THERE AN INSTRUCTOR/COACH TO TEACH ME?
Some clubs have an instructor or coach which instruct the members, while other clubs are instructed by higher level club members with experience.

WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT?
Practice times vary by club. Most practices are 2–3 times a week, about an hour and a half to two hours per practice. Most clubs are flexible with the number of practices a member attends.

IS THERE ANY TRAVELING INVOLVED?
Competitive clubs will travel to other schools for tournaments, games, and other competitions.

For more information, call 732-445-0462.

Sport Club Officers

Club Position First Name Last Name Email Address
Aikido President Lazaro Rodriguez lmr275@scarletmail.rugers.edu
Badminton President Sarah Lou Sjl194@scarletmail.rutgers.edu
Ballroom Dance President Adam Syarief asyarief3@gmail.com
Baseball President Dante Cuzzolino dac352@scarletmail.rutgers.edu
Basketball-Men’s President Daniel Zeitler djz42@scarletmail.rutgers.edu
Basketball-Women’s President Manisha Myneni manishamyneni3@gmail.com
Bass Fishing President Shane Nuara san121@scarletmail.rutgers.edu
Brazilian Jujitsu President Jake Fisler jakefisler@gmail.com
Capoeira President Kimberly Wu kimberly.wu@rutgers.edu
Cricket President Vivek Barbhaiya vhb11@scarletmail.rutgers.edu
Cycling President Matthew Juro Mej77@scarletmail.rutgers.edu
Equestrian President Jennifer Nary jn416@scarletmail.rutgers.edu
Eskrima Filipino Martial President Cedric Abano cba30@scarletmail.rutgers.edu
Fencing President Warren Choi wc450@scarletmail.rutgers.edu
Field Hockey President Rachael Young Rey13@scarletmail.rutgers.edu
Figure Skating President Rizelyn Benito benitorizelyn@gmail.com
Golf President John Del Giannotti del.giannotti@gmail.com
Gymnastics President Brianna Martins brianna.martins@aol.com
Ice Hockey-Men’s D1 President Griffin Privitera Gjp68@scarletmail.rutgers.edu
Ice Hockey-Men’s D2 President Peter Krzewinski peter.krzewinski16@gmail.com
Ice Hockey-Women’s President Meg Tsai mxgtsai@gmail.com
Judo President Robert McNeil bluewolf148@gmail.com
Kendo President Jun Park junparkbca@gmail.com
Kodenkan Jujitsu President Collin Yucius collinyucius@gmail.com
Lacrosse-Men’s President Conner Parke cmp309@scarletmail.rutgers.edu
Lacrosse-Women’s President Tenaya Clark tcc98@scarletmail.rutgers.edu
Martial Arts Club President Kyra Tywanick kt390@rutgers.edu
Paintball President Anthony Rizzo Anthonyrizzo2131@gmail.com
Performing Dance President Ally Tuman allymltuman@yahoo.com
Powerlifting President Allison Mandell amandell93@gmail.com
Quidditch President Ashley Kurtz-Freilich ask174@scarletmail.rutgers.edu
Racquetball President Matt Fontanilla matt.fontanilla@rutgers.edu
Rock Climbing President Robert King robertking46@comcast.net
Running President Bailey Backal bjb233@scarletmail.rutgers.edu
Rugby-Men’s President Nick Dillon nickdillon55@gmail.com
Rugby-Women’s President Ashley Allen ashleyallen120@gmail.com
Sailing President Robert Jarrett rnj17@scarletmail.rutgers.edu
Salsa President Janisha Rodriguez jrr188@scarletmail.rutgers.edu
Ski/Snowboard President Jackson Luis jackluisa1@gmail.com
Soccer-Men’s
Soccer-Women’s President Alley Maurer alexandra.maurer@rutgers.edu
Softball President Victoria Kostantakis vickostantakis@gmail.com
Swimming President Anthony Hoang adhoang01@gmail.com
Swing President Edgar Krupczak ekrupczak2gmail.com
Table Tennis President Ethan Murad etmuop@gmail.com
Taekwondo President Dennis Cheng Dennis.cheng@rutgers.edu
Tennis President Alexander Louie alexander.louie@rutgers.edu
Triathlon President Liz Chang ecc113@scarletmail.rutgers.edu
Ultimate Frisbee-Men’s President Ian Lee solee1997@gmail.com
Ultimate Frisbee-Women’s President Jessica Freydman jf720@scarletmail.rutgers.edu
Unified Sports President Daniel Prakash Prakash.daniel.j@gmail.com
Volleyball-Men’s President Brian Gao byg6@scarletmail.rutgers.edu
Volleyball-Women’s President Emily Miglin eam306@scarletmail.rutgers.edu
Water Polo
Weightlifting President Sean Wukitsch seanwuk@verizon.net
Wrestling President Nick Kosko nickkosko92@yahoo.com

Club Officers must use this form to request Vans and Enterprise Vehicles.
For Airline and Bus travel, email Kristen Pettis kpettis@rci.rutgers.edu

Click here to go to the Coaches Corner Google Drive where you can view all of the required documentation you’ll need to complete as well as policy review and information sheets.