The Club Sports program is sponsored by the Department of Athletics & Recreation. Each club is formed, developed, governed, and administered by the student membership of that particular club working in conjunction with the Club Sports office. The key to success with this program is student leadership, interest, participation, and involvement. Club Sports are governed by the rules and regulations established for all recognized student organizations of the American campus and by those established by the Department of Athletics & Recreation.
Who can play?
Any current AU student can participate in a club sport.
How can I join?
First step is to reach out to the appropriate club contact for more information. Some teams have tryouts, while others require no prior experience.
For more information about the Clubs Sports program, check out the FAQs.
The Basketball Club was founded in 2011. In its first semester it proved to be a strong competitor both locally and regionally. The club won the intramural championship in 2012. In the Fall 2012 semester the club participated in a local tournament with DC schools at Catholic University.
American University's Club Baseball team was recognized as a club team in 2010. The team competes in the National Club Baseball Association's Division II, District III North with Georgetown, Howard, Maryland, Loyola – Maryland, and Mount St.Mary’s. Whether you were captain of your high school team or just want to throw the ball around, you are welcome to join the team. Practices and exhibition games start in the fall and the regular season begins in the spring. During March and April we play three games every weekend. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
AU Club Climbing and Bouldering is a group of students who enjoy being outside and pushing their limits. From bouldering to lead climbing, indoor to outdoor, we do as much of the sport as possible. The club has access to gyms and crags in the greater DC area. If you're interested in continuing to climb, competing, or learning the ropes, come check us out or shoot us an email! All experience levels are welcome.
American University Rowing is a highly competitive organization that races at the varsity level, despite only being a club sport. Individuals with no prior experience however, have the opportunity to learn and race at a Novice level before rising to varsity-level competition. Rowing is a demanding sport that requires a great deal of work and dedication. There is a men's and women's program. AU Crew participates in regattas throughout the school year traveling often to Pennsylvania and Virginia. Rowing is a great sport to pick up in college and develops great athletic, organizing and social skills for the future.
The American University Equestrian Team was founded in the fall of 2003 and has seen continuous growth since then. It is a club sport, encouraging riders of all levels and backgrounds to join. The team rides hunt seat (English) and competes in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, where riders have qualified for zone, regional and national level shows. The team trains under the direction of Astrid Dalley through a weekly lesson program and competes in 4-6 shows each semester. New members are welcomed every semester.
AUCFH was founded in the fall of 2007. We practice two or three times per week with our dedicated coach, who is a former AU varsity player. The team competes against other college club teams up and down the east coast as part of the Mason Dixon division of the National Field Hockey league. AUCFH plays in a minimum of 7 weekend games during the fall competitive season, and the spring semester is more tournament-based. This past fall of 2009, the team qualified to the NFHL national tournament, which brings the 12 best teams out of the 65+ in the league together to compete for the championship title. The team is composed of all types of players - males and females, undergrads and grads, beginners and experts and international players.
AU Club Golf was founded in the fall of 2011 and has already grown into a healthy and vibrant club. We compete in the National Collegiate Club Golf Association (NCCGA) Capitol Division against schools from around the Washington area. The team competes in regional and national tournaments every semester and is open to anyone with prior golf experience and a drive to compete. The club is co-ed, and normally practices 1-2 times per week. If interested do not hesitate to contact us!
The Hockey team was founded in 1997, are the reigning MDCHA South Division Champs. Open to all full time undergraduate and graduate students - we are always looking for new players passionate about ice hockey - regardless of skill or playing experience. The Ice Hockey Team is committed to playing competitive ice hockey and building a strong relationship with the AU community.
Women's Lacrosse is currently working to be an active Club.
The American University Rugby Football Club (AURFC) is the oldest continuously-active club sport at American University. As a group we are dedicated wholeheartedly to the sport of rugby. A member of USA Rugby, the Mid-Atlantic Rugby Football Union and the Potomac Rugby Union, AURFC strives both to introduce new players to the sport and to hone the skills of seasoned ruggers. Competing in Division III collegiate rugby, AURFC has two active Union 15 sides during both semesters and offers informal summer 7s as well. AURFC is as international as the sport of rugby itself and prides itself on lasting alumni connections. AURFC welcomes all comers, and we encourage you to see our website for the latest news, contact information, alumni postings and more.
The women's rugby team has been competing with other universities and local club teams since 1996 and has become one of the most competitive Division II teams in the area. Most of our players have no previous experience when they start playing for us, but they quickly become addicted to the fast-pace and strong teamwork aspect of the game. We practice 3 times a week (but we understand that there are often conflicts with classes) and play in games on Saturdays. If you are looking for a great way to meet new friends and blow off some steam, you should most definitely come out this season!
American University Club Cross Country and Track and Field was founded in 2015. Club XCTF is a member of the National Intercollegiate Running Club Association (NIRCA). We compete in NIRCA-sanctioned cross country and track meets in the Mid-Atlantic region and road races in the DC area. We welcome competitive and non-competitive runners of all abilities. Please contact our club through the email below, or visit our website for more information.
The American University Sailing Club is a competitive, intercollegiate, student-run team established in 2005. We are members of the Mid-Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association, which allows us to participate in regional events and also qualify for national regattas. We gather for our love of sailing, competition and fun. We have events for sailors with all levels of skill. We welcome any sailor, regardless of experience, to practice with the team. We accept new sailors ever semester. Send us an e-mail or come check us out!
The AU Men’s Club Soccer team is a highly competitive club sports program which plays against other schools from the region. We hold open tryouts at the beginning of each fall, and for those looking to join in the spring, you will have a chance to go through a trial period, practicing with the team for the first few weeks. Equal playing time is not guaranteed, but each of our first team and reserve members get playing time throughout each semester.
AU Women's Club Soccer is a highly competitive, close knit team of American University students. Our primary season is during the fall semester, but we are an active club all year round, practicing and playing regular friendlies throughout the Spring semester as well. Our team is part of the NIRSA Region 1 league, so we play other club soccer teams primarily in the DC-Metro area. We typically play 7-10 games per season. Along with our season games, we have qualified for the NIRSA Club Soccer Regional Tournament held in Delaware the last 2 out of 3 years. We seek to create a free-spirited environment for women to play soccer at a high level, expand their skills, and meet new friends. All are welcome to try out at the beginning of the fall season. For more information, check out our website, Facebook page, or shoot us an email!
American University Club Softball is a competitive, year-round, fast pitch team. We are a close group of girls who love softball, love to compete, and love to have fun. We practice at least twice a week with additional days of practice depending on the time of year. The seasons follow semesters with both fall and spring seasons. Our team plays anywhere from 3-6 double-headers, round robins, or tournaments each season, all of which occur on weekends. We are always looking for new talent and spirited teammates, so contact us if you would be interested! Our opponents vary from year to year, but have included mostly Mid-Atlantic teams such as Maryland, George Washington, Loyola MD, Penn State, UVA, etc.
The American University Club Swim Team is the newest club sports team at AU. With 36 members strong, they will be joining the US Masters College Club Swimming League and hope to compete against other DC schools. We are so excited to continue to build this team and promote our team goals of fun and fitness.
The AU Taekwondo Club practices three times per week under the WTF style of Taekwondo in both poomsaw (forms) and sparring. We complete in ACAT (Atlantic Collegiate Alliance of Taekwondo) and ECTC (Eastern Collegiate Taekwondo Conference) tournaments throughout the school year by travelling to other universities and colleges such as Princeton University, University of North Carolina, and Liberty University. Members of all belt ranks have the opportunity to medal and represent the University. We have two amazing coaches: Coach Miyako and Coach RDC, who have extensive training in poomsae and sparring. Like our Facebook page or follow us on our website to get updates about fundraising, tournaments, practice, and more!
American University Club Tennis is a student run organization founded in 2008. Now beginning its ninth year, the club has a competitive men's and women's team. The club holds four to five coed practices each week and competes in matches against other local universities during the weekend. Members are expected to attend at least two practices per week. The matches are usually comprised of four to six singles matches and two to three doubles matches for each team. The tennis club plays both in the fall and the spring. Currently, the club does not have access to indoor courts or floodlights so the team does not play during the winter season. We welcome anyone interested to come tryout!
The American University Men's Ultimate team, nicknamed Stall 11, is a competitive and fun loving group of guys who work hard to become the best Ultimate team possible. Ultimate, particularly at the college level, is one of the fastest growing sports in America. Fast-paced, simple to learn, tough to master and with a strong supportive community, Ultimate draws in all sorts of people from different walks of life. It is physically demanding, but fun and rewarding. We encourage anyone interested to come out and give the team a try. The time commitment isn't massive, but we are dedicated to what we do. We compete at multiple intercollegiate tournaments all over the region. Started in 1997, the team is going into its 21st season.
Ultimate Frisbee is a high-paced sport that is a mix between American football, basketball and soccer. What sets Ultimate apart from mainstream sports is "spirit of the game," which takes the place of referees. Players have fun while playing with intensity and respectfulness, something the AU Dirty Ladies try to embody. In addition to our regular tossing on the quad, we practice about three times a week and go to regular tournaments. There is no prior skill level required; all are welcome!
AU Men's Club Volleyball is a student run organization that aspires to play high level competitive indoor volleyball. Individuals with interest are welcomed to join at any time of year, even mid-season. Those interested are welcomed to practice with the team before committing to joining the club. Members are required to attend every practice and every team meeting and are encouraged to attend every tournament, if possible. No prior experience or skills needed. However, skill level will determine playing time during tournaments.
The AU Women's Volleyball Club, founded in the fall of 2007, is a student-run organization focused on developing volleyball skills and competing in organized games. Open to undergraduate and graduate students of medium to experienced levels, the club competes year round in tournaments against local collegiate teams like George Washington University, the University of Maryland, Towson University and James Madison University. Each season, we strive to become even more competitive and attend Nationals in the spring.