The 2018 fall semester has been one of growth, change, and success for the Club Sports Program and our teams.
The semester began with the addition of our wonderful Club Sports Coordinator, Bailey. She has worked to connect and engage the department with each club team on a personalized level. She has also spearheaded the implementation of several new initiatives:
- Safety Officers – Each club team was required to have one safety officer by the end of the semester. A safety officer is a team member that has completed the CPR/AED/FA certification and can provide first-aid assistance in case of an emergency. The teams are required to have two safety officers by the end of the spring semester.
- Club Sports Supervisors – These supervisors work our on-campus club sports home games. Their job includes event management and oversight as well as act as first responders to any emergency situations. They are also CPR/AED/FA certified. There are currently six Club Sports Supervisors, who have covered 10 on-campus home games throughout the semester.
- New Instagram – The Club Sports Department created their own Instagram account over Thanksgiving break. Instead of posted on the Butler HRC account, the Club Sports account can provide more updates and details about the weekly-happenings of the teams. Follow the account to stay up-to-date on news, scores, and club features. We will continue to post about weekend events every Friday. https://www.instagram.com/butlerclubsports/?hl=en
As for our clubs, they all participated in and hosted many games, scrimmages, and tournaments throughout the semester. Overall, there were 425 club sports participants, 395 of which were unique to one sport. That is a large increase from the 374 participants, 344 of which were unique, from last year! Our teams traveled to over 50 events throughout the semester and hosted 19.
Each team had a unique fall semester, many of which were full of prosperity. Here is a recap of the highlights of each team’s last few months:
Men’s Basketball: The team participated in two tournaments this semester with their squad of nine members. In their first tournament, at SIU-E, the team went undefeated! In their second tournament, at Dayton, the dawgs finished in 2nd place.
Women’s Basketball: With an 11-person roster, the women’s basketball team began their rebuilding season with a tournament at Northern Kentucky University. They went 1-2. The team also hosted a round robin tournament at Butler and plan to host another tournament in the spring semester.
Climbing: The team has experienced a lot of growth, with a 52-person roster! They practice weekly at an indoor gym and are planning a outdoor climbing trip for the spring semester.
Curling: The 31-person curling squad participates in weekly Friday-night scrimmages at Circle Center Curling Club against local teams, such as U-Indy. They went 4-2-1 this semester. They are planning to attend two bonspiels during the spring semester at Purdue and U-Indy. The team completed two fundraiser events, one at Chipotle and one with Indiana Fever.
Cycling: The cycling team participated in the Hilly Hundred during the fall semester, where they rode a 54 or 37-mile route. The team has 10 participants this semester and is looking to host an event in the spring.
Equestrian: The team has participated in three IHSA shows so far in Terre Haute, IN. Each show has resulted in many awards for the 19 individuals on the team, as well as team accolades as well!
Golf: The golf team experienced their highest participation in club history, with 19 members. The team competed in three tournaments, finishing one of them in second place and another one in third place. Individuals have placed high as well!
Hockey: With new leadership and coaches, the hockey team is in a rebuilding year. They are still looking for their first win of the semester, but have a long season to go. The team has a roster of 15 people currently.
Men’s Lacrosse: With a growing roster of 29 people, the team has had a successful fall rebuilding semester. They competed in two events and scrimmaged the women’s lacrosse team.
Women’s Lacrosse: The team hosted one game in the fall semester and won against Taylor University. They scrimmaged the men’s lacrosse team. Their numbers continue to increase, with a current roster of 21 mostly first and second-year students.
Ski and Snowboarding: 28 members of the team are excited for winter to arrive so that they can go to their first event of the season! So far, they have participated in meetings.
Men’s Soccer: The team had a record-breaking year, culminating in the invitation to the NIRSA National Tournament. They went 3-5-2 during the season and 1-2 at Nationals, picking up a huge win against Colorado College, winning 3-1. They finished with their best record since 2013-2014.
Women’s Soccer: The women’s team hosted many games this semester at the IM and Varsity fields. They finished with a record of 4-4-2. The team has a roster of 15 people. Since fall is their main season, the team will be training during the spring semester.
Swimming: The 29-person swim team has been holding weekly practices throughout the semester for swimmers of all levels to improve. They traveled to Miami University and to Indiana University for fall swim meets. The team is looking to attend the Club Swimming Nationals Competition in the spring in Columbus, Ohio. So far, two swimmers have already secured qualifying times for Nationals!
Tennis: With the expansion of the tennis team, the fall semester has been a bit different. The team now holds multiple practices per week, some of which are competitive and others that are for fun games. The team has attended many matches throughout the semester and placed 3rd and the Naptown Midnight Invite and 3rd at the Toledo Clay Court Invitational. They are planning to travel to Nationals in the spring.
Ultimate: The ultimate frisbee team has had an action-packed fall semester, with many new members joining the team. They have hosted three games at the Butler Bowl against local teams, such as IUPUI. The team attended a tournament at Grace College, where they placed 2nd, and a tournament at St. Francis University, where they went 5-0 and won the tournament!
Men’s Volleyball: Following a successful 2017-2018 season, the club volleyball team has continued its achievements. The team has an ‘A’ team and a ‘B’ team, both of which attend tournaments. They hosted a Halloween Showcase at the end of October and the ‘A’ team won the entire tournament! They also traveled to Bradley University for a tournament, where the ‘A’ team took 5th place.
Women’s Volleyball: The women’s volleyball team is made up of 18 members, which are split between the ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams. Both teams attended a tournament at Dayton University, where the ‘A’ team went 4-1 and the ‘B’ team went 1-3. They hosted a tournament at the end of October, in which both teams received medals – the ‘A’ team got 2nd place and the ‘B’ team placed 1st in the silver bracket. The teams ended their fall schedule with a trip to Indiana University, where both teams went up against some tough competition.
|We would also like to give a big shoutout to Ashley Eimers, our Club Sports Undergraduate Assistant, for doing a lot of behind the scenes work to help our program continue to succeed.
|We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable winter break!