Steps to Creating a New Club Sport at Lafayette

STEP 1: To apply for recognition by Student Government you must:

  • Supply a list of 20 student names and signatures to demonstrate interest in the club.
  • Have a constitution that states the structure, classification, and proposed operating procedures, such as funding sources and level of membership involvement, of the club. A sample constitution for sports clubs, based on the suggested structure endorsed by Student Government, can be found on the Forms section of this website.
  • Have at least two club founders.

STEP 2: To become sanctioned for activity by Recreation Services, a club must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Send at least two representatives to officer organizational meetings (two per year).
  • Submit an up-to-date contest (or practice) schedule to sportsclubs@lafayette.edu.
  • Submit an up-to-date team roster to sportsclubs@lafayette.edu.
  • Submit an Officer Contact Form with at least three officers.

Depending on the team’s risk level (see below), the following are also requirements:

  • Provide evidence that the proper number of officers and/or a coach are certified in CPR and/or First Aid.

Failure to fulfill all of the requirements to be sanctioned will restrict a club’s ability to operate, including access to its fund and its ability to reserve facilities.

STEP 3: To obtain funding, a club must submit a request to the Budget Committee of Student Government following these guidelines:

The Budget Request forms are due in mid-April every year. In addition to submitting this form to Student Government, please email it to sportsclubs@lafayette.edu to ensure that Recreation Services has a copy of your budget on file. An Emergency Allocation Request Form can be submitted and presented at any time.

Student Government requires that new clubs must have the following components to apply for funding:

  • Recognition as a student organization
  • Adherence to the objectives of the club’s constitution
  • Have the names of at least three officers elected by the active membership
  • Demonstrated existence of regular meetings (at least once a month)
  • An up-to-date and complete equipment inventory
  • Adherence to student government, recreation services, and college policy.
  • Student Government will notify the club in writing once it has been funded as a club sport at Lafayette College. The Office of Student Life Programs will set up accounts for new clubs, maintain balances on accounts, and expedite purchases.

Risk Level I

  • Must employ a coach/instructor/certified player-coach to be sanctioned for activity. Recreation Services needs a copy of the signed coaching agreement and a resume on file.
  • Coach/instructor must be certified in CPR and trained in First Aid (must be valid for year)
  • Must have at least two officers certified in CPR
  • Must have at least two officers participate in First-Aid training session
  • Must have an advisor who is an employee of Lafayette (a coach is not counted as an advisor)
  • Will have restrictions placed on practice until all members have received a parent letter regarding participation and insurance. Recreation Services needs the roster with parent contact information in order for this to occur.
  • Restricted practices as indicated:
    1. A = No practice until parent letter is mailed
    2. B = No contact and/or no padding practice allowed until parent letter is mailed
  • Must have an athletic trainer, EMT, doctor, or ambulance for all home events
  • All club members or participants in events must be 18 years or older
  • Highly recommend membership with an NGB or comparable regional organization

Risk Level II

  • If club has coach/instructor, must have current resume and coaching agreement on file with Recreation Services Office
  • Must have at least two officers certified in CPR
  • Must have at least two officers participate in First Aid training session
  • Recommend membership with an NGB or comparable regional organization

Risk Level III

  • If club has coach/instructor, must have current resume on file with Recreation Services Office
  • Must have at least two officers certified in CPR
  • Must have at least one officer trained in First Aid
  • Recommend membership with an NGB or comparable regional organization

Risk Level IV

  • If club has coach/instructor, must have current resume on file with Recreation Services Office
  • Must have at least one officer trained in First Aid