The Saint Joseph's University Club Sports Program's mission is to provide students with a unique opportunity to develop leadership, organizational and fiscal management skills in a safe, supportive and fun learning environment in which participants can build a sense of community.
Voluntarily organized by students, club sports exist for the purpose of furthering a common interest in a physical activity through competition, instruction, or participation. Students elect their own officers, draft their own constitution, request facility space, get approval for and make travel arrangements, schedule contests with other teams, develop contracts with officials, fundraise and manage their budget.
The club baseball program was formed to give an opportunity for students who possess the skills necessary to play competitive baseball during the fall and spring seasons. The team is engineered to be a developmental group to enhance and hone all players’ skills. To achieve our player development goals and succeed in competitive games, we host tryouts each year and hold weekly practices throughout the school year. We practice and play home games at Smithson Field, located on the Maguire campus.
In 2012-2013 we became a member of the National Club Baseball Association (NCBA) which is a league that consists of hundreds of teams throughout the nation. As of the 2018-2019 season, the team moved to Division 1 and compete in the North-Atlantic East Conference. We compete against teams such as Towson, Delaware, Rutgers, Drexel, and Loyola-Maryland. We also play a few exhibition games against local non-conference club teams. Our schedule consists of a fifteen game conference season, with a three game series against each team. The top team in the conference goes on to compete in the regional tournament with the winner advancing to the World Series, hosted in Pittsburg, Kansas.
Club basketball is designed for players who competed in high school and wish to continue playing at a competitive level. While there is no structured league we are a part of, we play a very competitive schedule. Games include local division 3 school, community colleges, prep schools, games vs Penn at the Palestra, and Navy at the Naval Academy. Tryouts typically begin in early October.
Women’s Club Basketball has become an established, successful program on the campus of Saint Joseph's University. Leading into the fourth semester, the team is officially a member of the East Coast Women’s Club Basketball League. Club Tournaments in the league take place during the fall semester with competition from prominent east coast schools such as Penn State, Georgetown, James Madison and University of Delaware with the championship games played at the University of Maryland. During the fall semester, practice is typically twice a week with tournaments on various weekends. Heading into the spring semester more individual games are played. The team is competitive and disciplined but has fun bonding together on and off the court. We are looking for committed girls who have basketball experience and the desire to play to win.
SJU Esports is open to all students interested in pursuing esports on a competitive or recreational level. The club allows students to participate in intercollegiate esports competitions. Esports is an exciting, growing industry so whether you want to play competitively or just fun, everyone is welcome and no experience is required.
We offer teams for a large selection of games that is constantly expanding. The club currently competes through ECAC, an organization of over 200 schools throughout NCAA Division I, II, and III. Students interested in playing competitively are expected to attend weekly practices and games held in our campus' state of the art esports lab located in Merion Hall. The time, dates, and number of games and practices are decided by individual teams. SJU Esports is perfect for any student who is a fan of video games and looking to connect with others of similar interests. Come join the fun!
For more information please visit the Esports page.
As a member of the National Field Hockey League (NFHL), we compete with club teams from surrounding universities and colleges. In past seasons, we have qualified for and attended the NFHL Championship Tournament in Virginia Beach where we compete against the best teams in the country. While we are a competitive team, we also focus on having fun while playing!
The Gaelic Football Club team was created in order to further grow the Irish sports community in America. The club at Saint Joseph’s University is the first collegiate Gaelic football to be officially recognized by their university. The club competes against schools in the northeast like Boston College, Fordham University, Manhattan College, Iona College, Kean University with matches and tournaments each semester. No previous experience with the sport is necessary and the games are co-ed so all SJU students are welcome to join the team and learn a new and growing sport in America!
The Saint Joseph’s University Club Golf team is offered to golfers who want to keep up their competitive play while in college. The team is co-ed, with players at all different levels of the game. We are a part of the National Collegiate Club Golf Association (NCCGA) in the Philadelphia region. We are a group of competitive players and welcome anyone interested!
The Saint Joseph’s University Ice Hockey team was founded to provide a medium for aspiring hockey players to develop skills both on and off the ice. The team is committed to developing personal responsibility and commitment as well as ice performance. The Saint Joseph’s University Hawks are led by a highly skilled coaching staff, creating a healthy and positive environment for continuing success at the rink and in life. Players will have a forum to showcase their talents and experience a successful team tradition. The Hawks offers a competitive and rewarding experience for its players in the Atlantic Coast Collegiate Hockey League (ACCHL) and is dedicated to excellence both on and off the ice while sustaining a positive and winning environment.
Head coach: JT Tarantino
Contact JT Tarantino
The Women's Club Ice Hockey team welcomes female students who are interested in playing ice hockey in a competitive and encouraging environment that balances hard work and fun on the ice. We hold 1 practice a week and have 10-12 games throughout the season (with the possibility of playoffs). Transportation is provided for all team events. Playing on the team is a great way to get off campus, meet new people, and either learn or grow in the game of hockey!
The team competes in the DIII division of the DVCHC, competing against teams such as Lafayette, IUP and Slippery Rock. We hold the division title for the 2021-2022 and 2018-2019 seasons. We look forward to growing every season in strength and numbers. Hit the ice for our next season and see what the team is all about! Go Hawks!!
Head Coach: Sydney Flemister
Contact Sydney Flemister
The Judo club is a co-ed club sport rooted in teaching fundamental judo techniques in the traditional Kodokan judo style. The main goals of our club are to foster an environment where people of all shapes, sizes, and genders can feel pride and confidence in their physical abilities, be able to protect themselves, and facilitate team camaraderie through team building and competitive activities. No experience is required. Any level of interest is welcomed (casual, testing for rank, or competing).
The Men's Club Lacrosse team competes in the NCLL, a competitive league with members from all over the country. The team competes mainly against other local area teams, such as Temple, Drexel, UPenn, and Villanova. Anyone with or without prior experience is welcomed to inquire into playing. Practices are held sporadically in the fall and will participate in future fall tournaments, but the main season is in the spring where we play 10-12 games and possibly playoffs.
The women's club lacrosse team is in 8th year of existence. This is a competitive team that plays to win but has fun at the same time. Practices will be held 2 times a week in the fall and in the spring. We have a couple games in the fall and in the spring we have 3-5 games.
The Saint Joseph’s Powerlifting club is for all fitness enthusiasts who would like to take weightlifting to another level. Team synergy and support allows for students to learn the in’s and outs of the bench, squat, and deadlift. Anyone interested in joining is more than welcome as this club is fairly new. Many students involved have fantastic knowledge and are more than happy to talk about diet and training. This club will have team practices at O’Pake and is a non commitment club. In the future, we hope to compete against universities in the area.
The Roller Hockey team competes in Division II of the Eastern College Roller Hockey Association (ECRHA), a proud member of the National Collegiate Roller Hockey Association (NCRHA), playing against some of the best programs across the country. They also compete in the Philadelphia Collegiate Roller Hockey League (PCRHL) against their rival Big 5 opponents. A perennial powerhouse, the team has soared to 5 PCRHL Brennan Cups.
Men's Rugby is the largest drawing field sport on the campus and has become one of the most popular and well-supported programs on the campus. They hold all practices and matches on beautiful Sweeney Field and compete in Division I against some of the best programs in the country. In addition, they travel to numerous locations and offer the opportunity of selection for the United States National Team in either the Olympics or the next Rugby World Cup.
Head Coach: TBD
Contact Connor Hohman
Team website: https://clubs.sju.edu/mensrugby/
The Women's Rugby team plays year-round in the American Collegiate Rugby Association (ACRA). We play against Bloomsburg, Drexel, University of Delaware, Kutztown, TCNJ, UPenn, Rowan, Salisbury, and Temple. We practice twice a week, as well as have lifting practices with a trainer in Hagan twice a week. We play two different seasons, a 15s season in the Fall and a 7s season in the Spring, with games and tournaments on Saturdays. We are always looking to expand our team and do not have tryouts or cuts! There is no experience necessary and we take anyone and everyone from any athletic background or none at all. We are looking for committed athletes who want to try something new and create a bond both on and off the pitch.
Head Coach: Michelina Viola
Contact Michelina Viola
Club Running provides all levels of runners with a time and place to run safely throughout the academic year. We promote health and wellbeing while also pushing runners to pursue their personal best. The purpose of Club Running is to have fun and to motivate teammates to get and stay in shape. We are participating in races this year, with runners racing in anything from on-campus 5ks and color runs to half marathons and more.
Men's Club Soccer was founded at Saint Joseph's in the fall of 2008 under the guidance of Brendan Martin ('12) and Wes Harris ('10). The program, though in its first year, has great potential and a promising future. The pool of soccer talent at SJU is deep, giving us the top players, without asking of them the commitment of a Division 1 NCAA program. In its current state, the program is seeking to play in select indoor and outdoor leagues throughout the academic year.
The SJU women's club soccer team is a way for students to play competitive soccer, without the demands of a Division I team. The team plays to learn more about the sport, improve skills, and of course have a good time. Turnout has been extremely popular since it’s inception, allowing the team to grow in skill and competitiveness. The Women's Club Soccer team was established in the Spring of 2006 and has thrived ever since. They compete outdoor in both the fall and spring, as well as, in an indoor league during the winter months. Home games are played right in the heart of campus on Sweeney Field, while the team does some light traveling for away games and tournaments. The team currently competes in the NIRSA Region One Collegiate Club Soccer League, playing against teams such as Delaware, UPenn, Villanova, and WCU.
Our club softball team at Saint Joseph’s University plays in the NCSA and competes within a conference that includes Temple, Towson, Delaware, Rowan, and Loyola Maryland. We also play other university club teams in the surrounding local area. We typically practice 1-2 days a week with games on the weekends. Our club is looking for girls with high school and travel softball experience to join our motivating and fun team! We can’t wait to see you on the field.
Contact SJU Softball
In recent years, the SJU Club Swim Team has been revitalized. Club swimming is a co-ed team that accepts swimmers with a wide range of abilities. This team is the right choice for you if you’re looking for competition, looking to stay in shape, or looking to try something new. Practices are one hour long and are held three times a week in the evening. We are looking for swimmers who are committed to the team to come enjoy the water with us!
The club tennis team was formed in the fall of 2005 and is open to both men and women students looking to play both casually and competitively. The club is active in the fall and spring semesters, including some court time indoors during the winter. Saint Joseph’s participates in the Middle States Region of the USTA sponsored Campus League. We have competed in tournaments and played several matches set-up through the Campus league against schools including Lafayette, Lehigh, Navy, Penn State, Rutgers, TCNJ, University of Delaware, UPenn, and Villanova. USTA holds a campus tournament each semester, and other matches are arranged accordingly throughout the semester. Club players are allotted court time typically twice a week on campus to practice (times may vary). Fees may include optional participation in the indoor courts.
Come out and learn the ultimate sport! No experience is needed to join the team, only the desire to work hard and have fun. We typically practice 2 times a week and have tournaments and other events on weekends. We compete against other college teams all over the northeast and the country. You are only in college once enjoy it! We guarantee by joining our team, you will do just that!
The Men's Saint Joseph's Club Volleyball team competes in the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Volleyball Club (MACVC). Within this region there are six divisions Central, East, North, West, Northeast, and Non-Conference Opponents. SJU is currently in the East division along with other schools such as Villanova, Drexel, and Temple to name a few. Last year we had one of our most successful seasons ever, we made the quarter finals of the MACVC championship tournament and we finished second in the East. We are a very competitive, small team, always trying to become better. In the future we hope to become one of the more competitively strong team known throughout our Eastern division.
As members of the Northeast Women's Volleyball Club League (NWVCL), we compete year-round with club teams from surrounding universities and colleges. We not only scrimmage with local schools such as UPenn and Drexel, but also participate in 2-3 tournaments per semester that require traveling. We are looking for women who have experience playing volleyball competitively in high school, and wish to continue their commitment to a team while having fun at the same time!
The SJU club water polo team was established in 2009 by a group of high school friends that wanted to carry their involvement with the sport from high school into college. The team has now been passed down to a younger generation that are just as devoted to the sport as the founders. Water polo is an intense sport that requires endurance, strength, and a competitive mindset to succeed. It has been described as an aquatic version of handball and is an olympic sport. The team is constantly looking for new members in the hopes of growing and becoming more of a threat in our division, facing teams such as UPenn, Nova, UDel, and more. Water polo is an excellent way to get in shape in a fun, laid back, yet hard working environment. We practice at the O’Pake Pool from 8-10pm on Monday thru Thursday. No experience necessary at all, a competitive swimming background is well sought after however.
In order to practice and compete in our club sports all participants must register prior to their first practice or tryout by completing the club sport registration form.
All participants must also read and turn in a club sport participation packet. This packet includes information on club dues, insurance, injuries, club responsibilities, anti-hazing policies and physical form. Packets are to be turned in to Alex Kissinger whose office is located in the upper lobby of the O’Pake Recreation Center.
Each club sport member is responsible for their dues and supplemental insurance prior to the beginning of their season.
Any questions related to club sport registration can be directed to Alexandra Kissinger.
Club athletes are responsible to report any injuries and illnesses to the Saint Joseph’s University campus recreation staff, including signs and symptoms of a concussion. This includes both athletic and non-athletic related injuries / illnesses / medical conditions which might occur, and any medication, treatments, tests or treating facility notes which are needed in order to determine health status. Students will be presented information regarding concussions, including signs, symptoms, causes and complications of a concussion. It is their responsibility to notify the Campus Recreation staff immediately if they suspect a concussion has been sustained. Failure to notify Campus Recreation staff of any injuries / illnesses / medical conditions is a violation of the Sport Club Manual and appropriate outcomes will be determined.
Reporting an Injury
Student completes an Injury Report form within 24 hours of injury. Even if you intend on visiting the Athletic Training Room, you must complete this form prior.
Campus Recreation staff will review the injury report and contact the student with follow- up instructions for seeing an Athletic Trainer. You may also drop into either Athletic Training Room during the times designated below. Campus Recreation staff will submit an insurance claim on your behalf with the contracted claims handler (as needed).
Secondary Insurance Coverage
Secondary coverage is obtained by the University as an added benefit for the health and safety of our club sport athletes. We have in place a basic and a catastrophic policy that covers costs associated with a club sport related injury that a student's primary insurance may not cover such as co-pays or deductibles. The timely reporting of injuries is necessary to file the appropriate claim.
Club Sport Athletic Training Room (O'Pake Recreation Center)
Club Sport Athletic Trainer Cara Carrelli MS, LAT, ATC, PES, ROT
Training Room Hours:
Hagan Athletic Training Room: Hours by appointment