Club Sports at MSU: The Chance to Become Involved without having to be a D1 Athlete

Club Sports

An assortment of student captains, leaders and club members gathered last Tuesday night to register their MSU sports club. These clubs register through the Office of Activities and Engagement (OAE), which is working to create a more fit system for the club sports offered on campus, to allow for better opportunities for participants. More organization is being implemented in order to assure there are adequate practice facilities and times for club members, from field use for rugby teams to ice time for the hockey club.

According to Program Manager Mandy St. Aubyn of the OAE, there are approximately 29 clubs at MSU that register specifically as sports organizations. To begin the process, they apply for student organization funding. Once the teams are registered with the OAE, they are officially registered as a club sport with campus Recreational Sports. Benefits for club sports range from using rooms and facilities on campus, leadership and training development from the OAE and website or listserv access through OAE to display club information.

With these resources, club sports are able to expand and develop positive recognition within MSU. St. Aubyn said these opportunities are an excellent “recruitment and retention tool that is maybe not as recognized as it should be.” She added, “If a student comes to our campus and immediately connects with a team or support system, they will stay.”

Additional support for students and clubs is an ongoing endeavor, especially this year. Ultimately, the goal of the club sport program is to bring together a club sport union with representatives from each organization. This will create a strong program to support all who become involved to ensure that they can succeed in sports and beyond.

MSU Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Club

President: Anthony Sciollino

Meets: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Martial Arts Room of the Marga Hosaeus Fitness Center

Our purpose is to provide professional quality Jiu Jitsu instruction free to all MSU students. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a grappling/ground fighting self defense art that has been popularized by MMA fighting. All the chokes, armbars and other submissions seen in cage fights are attributed to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. In and of itself, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has proven to be the most effective singular fighting style in existence (look up the Gracie challenge). It is tailor made for smaller people to be able to use technique and leverage to effectively survive against as well as defeat larger opponents. Students get involved in our club for the workout as well as to learn how to practically defends themselves.

IHSA Equestrians at Montana State University

President: Hannah Wilson

Meets: From 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of every month in Animal Bioscience Building, Room 136

Our club is designed to provide the opportunity for undergraduate students to learn how to ride and show horses competitively in both the English and Western riding disciplines. It allows students to participate in weekly riding lessons, travel to shows in the region, and build relationships with other people with similar equine interests.

Qualifiers for our next show season will be held at the beginning of fall semester 2014, but in the meantime, come check out our team on Nov. 23 and 24 we host a Western horse show at Circle L Arena in Belgrade!

Ultimate Frisbee Club

President’s name: Nick Patterson

When the club meets: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5 p.m. at Kagy Fields

This club is a competitive ultimate frisbee team competing in the D-1 College Ultimate series. We travel all over the Northwest competing against different teams. It is an ideal atmosphere for beginners and returning players, it also provides individuals with the opportunity to continue playing competitive sports after high school. We are always looking to expand so new faces are always welcome! For more information contact

Bobcats Rugby

President: Brandon Marsh

Meets: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 – 8 p.m. at Kagy Fields

Our club provides the opportunity to play college rugby while fulfilling our civic duties to the Gallatin community. If you are interested in becoming part club come out to practice and meet the guys.

Bozeman Co-Ed Boxing

President: Brian Cichosz

Meets: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. and Friday 6:00 – 7:30 a.m. at Group Fitness Room 2 at the Marga Hosaeus Fitness Center

Our club is an intense boxing-oriented workout with cardio training, bag training, throwing punches, blocking and countering. We work hard, and will work with every member to make sure everyone gets the most they can out of the club. Everyone is welcome.

Backcountry Club at MSU

President: Spencer Jonas

Meets: Every week or every other week in the SUB

We strive to connect incoming students with other people that are knowledgeable about the backcountry and have a common interest of getting out in the mountains. We try to provide a platform for students to get out and push themselves on the snow within their limits. We also try to make it easier for students to get out by organizing and supplementing costs for trips. We do what we can pre-season to reach out to the rest of the Bozeman ski community and get people excited about getting out during the winter.

Volleyball Club at MSU

President: Emily Ketteler

Meets: Open gym three nights a week for pick-up play, 8 – 10 p.m.

The Open Gyms are open to all students. We play with a combination of loosely-structured play, organized games and instruction is available for newer players. Over 135 students have signed in and played in our Open Gyms this fall. During each semester our club will sponsor tournaments that are open to all students as well as the local community and the regional teams. In our fall tournament last year, we had 11 teams from campus as well as teams from Missoula, Helena, Great Falls, and Billings. This year we will be organizing an Intramural Challenge, where VB teams from all Montana Colleges & universities will be invited to compete in Men’s, Women’s, and Co-Ed Divisions. We also have purchased 4 sets of Outdoor Volleyball Net Systems that will be available for all students, fraternities, sororities, floor RA’s and etc to use. We will use these nets to host fun tournaments and for learning to play outdoors as well as indoors. In the future, we hope to sponsor competitive club teams to represent MSU as an intercollegiate club sport, and to start an Outdoor Volleyball Club for area high schoolers, both guys and girls.

Club Soccer of MSU

President: Luke Byington and Alden Lowney

Meets: Right now we practice Mondays and Wednesdays 7 – 8 p.m. at Roskie Fields, but that’s changing due to daylight constraints. We also play pickup games on Saturdays, information can be found on

We are a soccer club that aims to bring together lovers of the “beautiful game” in friendly pickup games. We also have a men’s team that travels to other schools to compete against collegiate club teams. The girls’ competitive team is still in the process of being created, but anyone can play in the pickup games. We will continue play through the winter, playing indoor soccer in the fitness center.

Club Tennis

President: Matt Romano

Meets: Thursdays 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. at Bobcat Tennis Center

The club is made up of recreational tennis players who are looking to play tennis throughout the school year. There is a range of skill levels and it is a great way to get exercise and have fun.

Bozeman Whitetail Rugby

Captain: Kelly Bard

Meets: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6 – 8 p.m. at Kagy Fields

Bozeman Whitetail Rugby is a composed of females from MSU and the Bozeman community. The team is open to all college-aged women who wish to play. The Bozeman Whitetail Rugby club began in September 2011 and is now composed of about 20 women. We play against other women’s teams in and around Montana including Betterside from Missoula, Idaho State University, Gonzaga University, Boise, Spokane Women’s Team, Lethbridge Women’s Team from Alberta, Canada and Whitman University.

Mountain Bike Club

Leaders: Adam Sklar and Joey Wyckoff

Meets: Rides at different times

Anyone is welcome to go out and ride and all type of abilities and levels of experience are welcome. The club gives students a chance to utilize their bikes and immerse themselves in the outdoor atmosphere in Bozeman. This motivation allows an increasing number of members to discover the Bozeman trails and many members make the trek outside of town to ride other trails as well. The club travels on casual escapades that take them around the town and beyond.

Montana State Lacrosse

President: Connor Dack

Vice President: Andrew Johnson

Meets: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6:00 at Kagy Fields

Anyone who is passionate about the nation’s oldest sport, lacrosse, is welcome to join, regardless of experience. The team travels to play against other collegiate teams such as Gonzaga, Washington State, Montana and Boise State.