Tier System

Tier System Classifications:

In order to better administer the diverse and growing Club Sports Program, a tier system was implemented beginning in the 2015-16 academic year. Each club which is currently a member of the Club Sports Program is placed on a tier level, as decided by the club sport council, Assistant Director and Graduate Assistant for Sport Clubs, and remains at that level for the entire year. However, due to conditions of probation, loss of leadership, and/or loss of student interest in a club, a club may be moved to another tier at any time.

ALL TIERS MUST:
  • Have 2 safety officers at all home and away events, including practices.
  • Must be a Registered Student Organization on campus.
  • Must follow W&M Campus Recreation and Sport Club guidelines and submit all appropriate paperwork on time.
  • Must attend all mandatory Sport Club Meetings during the year.
The tier system is divided into the following levels:
Tier 1 can request up to $15,000 for their budget proposal.  No amount is guaranteed.
Tier 1 must have the following:
  • Eligible to compete for a national championship at the club sports level.
  • Maintain a strong alumni base, with at least ONE alumni gathering per semester.
    • An online newsletter, preferably sent out to alumni at least twice/year.
  • Table in Sadler Center, Rec Center, or other places on campus AT LEAST 3 times/semester.
      • This DOES NOT INCLUDE the Fall or Spring Student Organizations & Activities Fair OR tabling at Admitted Students Day.
  • Participate in AT LEAST 2 Fundraising Initiatives.  This includes Zable Clean ups, Plumeri clean ups, shuttling opportunities, or other opportunities emailed out from Campus Recreation.  Additionally, as long as proper fundraising documentation is provided, fundraisers off campus may be included.
  • Charge club dues.
  • 30% of club’s active roster attend “Hazing Prevention” seminar given by Assistant Director and Graduate Assistant of Sport Clubs.
  • 30% of club’s active roster participate in “Sport Club Spirit” affiliated programming: including Bee & Goody 5K, Sport Club sponsored Tribe events (to be determined later)
  • Maintain active and appropriate presence on AT LEAST ONE social media of your choice (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
  • Participate in at least one community service event a year. Paperwork must be on file with Sport Club Office before completion, and at least 50% of club’s active roster must attend for it to be considered community service. To submit your community service events, please fill out this form.
Tier 2 can request up to $5,000 for their budget proposal.  No amount is guaranteed.
Tier 2 must have the following:
  • Must be a member of a national and/or regional sport association.
  • Building an alumni base through collecting emails, working with development and Campus Recreation to gain more alumni support.
  • Tabling in Sadler Center, Rec Center, or other places on campus is preferred, but not REQUIRED.
  • Participate in AT LEAST ONE fundraising event during the year. This includes Zable Clean ups, Plumeri clean ups, shuttling opportunities, or other opportunities emailed out from Campus Recreation. Additionally, as long as proper fundraising documentation is provided, fundraisers off campus may be included.
  • Club dues are low in cost, but still mandatory.
  • All officers must attend the “Hazing Prevention” seminar given by Assistant Director and Graduate Assistant of Sport Clubs.
  • 10% of active roster must attend ONE “Sport Club Spirit” affiliated event.
  • Active presence on social media of your choice (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
Tier 3 can request up to $2,500 for their budget proposal.  No amount is guaranteed.
Tier 3 must have the following:
  • Must have at least 2 organized and scheduled contests throughout the year.
  • One officer must attend the “Hazing Prevention” seminar given by Assistant Director and Graduate Assistant of Sport Clubs.
  • Encouraged to attend “sport club spirit” events.
  • Encouraged to continue fundraising efforts
These clubs in Tier 4 cannot request funds until they have moved to Tier 3.
Tier 4 is a conditional tier, they include, but are not limited to:
  • · Club is on probation for violation of Club Sports or University policy.
  • · Loss of student interest in a club.
  • · Loss of leadership.
  • · Club is in first year of existence.