This is the most popular question at our first-year student orientation sessions.
Intramural sports are leagues offered for Ferris State students only. These leagues
generally last 4 weeks with one game per week, and a tournament at the end of the
4 week season. Club Sports are University recognized student organizations that are
student-run and student-funded. Typically, these are year-round clubs that compete
in intercollegiate competitions on a local, regional, and national scale.
Contact information for the individual clubs can be found by selecting the “Club Sports
Directory” to the left of the page. Additional information can always be found by
calling the Rec Sports Office at 231-591-5304 or emailing [email protected].
The Ferris State University Club Sports program gives each student an opportunity
to take part in the leadership, responsibility and decision making process of club
activities. The success of the Club is solely dependent on the organization, management,
professionalism and leadership shown by the club officers, advisors and coaches. It
is created for students, by students, under the supervision of the Assistant Director
of Intramurals and Club Sports, and University Recreation staff. Club members nominate
student officers who run the day-to-day operations, which include scheduling practices,
activities and games, working with league and conference officials, making all travel
arrangements, and the financial management of the club. Club Sport officers will develop
transferable skills that employers value.
There are currently 30 active club sports at Ferris, and the diversity between clubs
is one of the highlights and attractions to our program. Some of our clubs are strictly
competitive, recreational, or instructional, while others offer some combination of
instruction or recreation along with a competitive factor as well. For example, many
clubs allow members the opportunity to practice at Ferris and the choice of whether
or not to travel and compete in off-campus competitions. You don't need prior competitive
experience, however it depends on the club and their members to decide who competes
with the team. If a club decides to make this decision there will be tryouts held
and they will have reasoning as to why they cut people based on their performance
on the sport and nothing else.
Typically, yes there are some costs associated with joining a club sport. The University
does provide funding. However, this usually does not cover the entire costs of club
operations including travel, equipment, officials, and/or league fees. Many clubs
charge annual dues in addition to fundraising and soliciting sponsorships and donations
for their expenses. Dues vary depending on the club, and it is solely the decision
of individual clubs on how much to charge its members.
University Recreation Main Office
401 South Street Big Rapids, MI 49307 (231) 591-2679
Hours of Operation
Fall & Spring Semesters Mon - Thu: 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. Fri: 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sat & Sun: 12 p.m. - 7 p.m.