One advantage of club sports over varsity is that sometimes the uniform is nothing more than a pair of shorts.
One advantage of club sports over varsity is that sometimes the uniform is nothing more than a pair of shorts. (Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer)

List of club sports at CU

Baseball

Crew

Cycling

Dance

Equestrian

Fencing

Field

Hockey

Fly

Fishing

Freeskiing

Hockey, Men's

Hockey, Women's

Kayak

Lacrosse, Men's

Lacrosse, Women's

Racquetball

Roller Hockey

Rugby, Men's

Rugby, Women's

Snowboarding

Soccer, Men's

Soccer, Women's

Softball, Women's

Swimming and Diving

Taekwondo

Tennis, Co-ed

Triathlon

Ultimate, Men's

Ultimate, Women's

Volleyball, Men's

Volleyball, Women's

Water Polo Men's

Water Polo Women's

Wrestling

Learn more at colorado.edu/recreation/recreation/club-sports/listing

Want to get back into sports but don't have what it takes to shine in front of thousands at Folsom or Coors? There's no shame in it; it's been a long summer, full of booze and revelry.

For the uninitiated, CU's got you covered with intramurals and club sports on campus.

Still too much work for you? OK. You can also live vicariously through the Buffs' many talented varsity athletes or sit your ass on the sidelines and cheer them on with docile, like-minded students such as yourself.


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Intramural and club may not be the flashiest — they probably won't get you laid (they almost definitely won't) — but goddamnit if they aint fun.

Intramural

Intramural sports are the most casual way to play organized sports at CU. Teams in the intramurals program play other CU teams — it's only CU students versus CU students.

Even if you’re not ready for Friday night lights, you can enjoy Sunday afternoon sunshine in CU’s intramural flag football league.
Even if you're not ready for Friday night lights, you can enjoy Sunday afternoon sunshine in CU's intramural flag football league. (Matthew Jonas / Staff Photographer)

You can play all the classics, like three-on-three basketball, ice hockey, football and soccer through CU's intramural sports programs. There's also broomball, innertube water polo and glow-in-the-dark ultimate frisbee for you nontraditional weirdos.

Fall registration generally takes place in late August, and winter sport registration usually happens during the third week of January. Spring sport registration takes place the first week of March.

Like last year, instead of each team charging a fee, a $16.50 sports pass gives you access to all the teams and tournaments.

Visit colorado.edu/recreation/intramural-sports for official registration dates, more information or to join a team.

Is dance a sport? You get sweaty, there’s a risk of injury, and if you join CU’s dance club you might get a shot to compete in the
Is dance a sport? You get sweaty, there's a risk of injury, and if you join CU's dance club you might get a shot to compete in the championships. All signs point to yes. (Paul Aiken / Staff Photographer)

If you're a player or two short, the intramural office has created a nifty CU Intramural Free Agent Facebook group ( facebook.com/groups/48881459083) to help fill out your roster. You can even come up with a clever team name, like "Ball So Hard University" (basketball) and "Sweepin' it Classy" (broomball) to shout from the huddle when you win.

Club

Club sports require slightly more commitment than intramurals — but not much, don't worry. These teams employ part-time coaches and schedule practices that members are encouraged to attend. Club sports teams compete against other schools across the country, too.

There are more than 30 club sports to choose from, including baseball, cycling, equestrian, fencing, lacrosse, swimming and more.

CU is well known for competitive club programs — the triathlon club team has won more than a dozen national titles, and CU club swim team is not far behind with at least nine national titles.

For more information about club sports, visit colorado.edu/recreation/club-sports.

Sidelines

Your odds of playing for the Buffs are pretty slim, but you can help out by cheering them on.

The games are a blast and a great way to get know your fellow Buffs. So are the basketball games, which make the Coors Events Center hoppin'.

You can help by hanging out with the C-Unit, CU's loud and bombastic student section, which shows up to most sporting events on campus.

CU's move to the Pac-12 Conference in 2011 and the past success of the men's basketball team have given the student section new life in recent years. Former Buffs' basketball star Spencer Dinwiddie (who now plays for the Chicago Bulls) has even referenced the deafening roar and atmosphere created by the C-Unit when talking about factors that led to Buffs wins.

Anthony Hahn: twitter.com/_anthonyhahn