Club sport autumn 2022 – The reflector

Over a year ago, on September 28, 2022, the University of Indianapolis issued a press release discussing how the university is in the process of adding club sports. This should give students the opportunity to participate in athletic competitions without full-time commitment. According to Bob Brubeck, associate vice president of athletics and campus wellness, the process of introducing club sports has gone well over the past year.

“I think we give to the students [a] great opportunity to be able to participate in sports, and some of the sports were able to do a few more things than others during the fall semester, but we’re still in our infancy,” Brubeck said. “We want to grow from where we are now.”

Within the year, club sport had grown and coaches had been hired to help with the recruitment process, Brubeck said. According to the press release, there are nine club sports: dance, cheer, women’s wrestling, co-ed water polo, co-ed ultimate frisbee, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s powerlifting, men’s and women’s bowling and men’s volleyball . Brubeck said when the dust settles with club sports they will know if there is any chance of new sports being added.

“I think we’re going to slam on the brakes for a second, make it how we want it, so we can provide the quality experience that we want, rather than just trying to keep adding, adding, and adding,” Brubeck said. “I want to make sure it works beforehand and know we’ll have the support we need in the way we need it.”

The club’s bowling season is underway with professional bowler Donna Branham training. She started bowling at the age of 10 and has since won tournaments and she still bowls in a senior league. Branham said she was hired in February and then began recruiting for the season.

“We had things online and we were trying to recruit because the window we had to recruit was extremely short…” Branham said. “So it was difficult to go out and find bowlers to fill teams. But we have two full teams, we have a men’s team and a women’s team.”

Branham said she has two goals this season. The first goal is to get the team used to what college bowling is really like, as some of the bowlers have never played in a league before. The second goal is to give them good competition so they can get used to it.

“Right now we’re in that learning phase, I’ll even say for myself as a new college coach… I think this is a good year to pilot and then maybe next year and we will.” have more time for recruitment. ‘ Branham said. We’ll be able to get more athletes involved and hopefully when people figure it out on campus, [they] will find out we have a bowling team.”

Regarding the future and the upcoming semester, Bruneck said it is difficult to give a direct answer as to what each of them looks like and that there are eight separate answers for each sport. Joining a club sport gives the student body the opportunity to join a sport without requiring an NCAA Division II athlete to be committed.

“…I think this gives the students at the university an opportunity to participate in something that sits somewhere between the DII student-athlete and the NCAA athlete and that’s more structured than intramural,” Brubeck said.


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