WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CLUB SPORTS AND NCAA DIVISION 1 SPORTS? 

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Category Club Sports NCAA Division 1 Sports
Qualifications - Pre-University

Acceptance into the University (Yes, that is all)

Recruitment
Acceptance into the University
Usually a few good years in a High School Varsity Sports Program.
Clearance through the NCAA Clearinghouse.  https://web1.ncaa.org/eligibilitycenter/hs/faq.pdf

Practices About 2-3 practices a week for most teams.

Maximum 4 hours a day and 20 hours per week.
Also may require lifting hours and other team meetings.

Competition All of our programs are involved in leagues.  Their team records may lead to competition in Playoffs and maybe even National Championships. Most of SHU's Division 1 Programs are members of the NEC Conference.  There are post-seasons for all of our programs which could lead to NCAA National Tournaments.
Games Most teams have about 6-10 games in a season. Most teams have a full schedule with about 12-15 games plus non-conference games.
Common
Opponents
Boston College, Yale, Fairfield, UCONN, Brown, UMASS, Boston University, Columbia, Hofstra, SUNY Stony Brook Quinnipiac, Robert Morris, FDU, Wagner, LIU: Brooklyn, St. Francis (NY), St. Francis (PA), Monmouth, CCSU, Mount St. Mary's, Bryant.
Rosters The Club Sports Department does not have roster limits for most sports which makes it easy to get involved.
Some teams may have a Travel Roster to make the team more manageable / competitive.
NCAA requirements set roster limits on each of the teams we have.
Offseason

The off-season is exactly what it sounds like...OFFSEASON.
Practices / games resume the next semester or maybe even the next academic year depending on the sport. This allows athletes to play multiple sports easily.

NCAA Teams take a few weeks off after their season ends and then begin to practice during the off-season to prepare for the next season. The off-season schedule is usually lighter than the in-season schedule, but there is no extended break from practicing.
Support Services

Athletic Training
Club Sports Offices
Student Mentors
Academic Advisors
Coaches
Study Hall Hours

Athletic Training
Student Mentors
Academic Advisors
Team Mentors
Team Study Hall
Coaches
Athletics Department

Sacred Heart University offers a wide variety of competitive club sports for the undergraduate student body.  Whether you want to continue to play a sport you played in high school or learn a new skill, the Club Sports Department is the place for you to make that happen.  These teams provide a great opportunity to become involved with all Sacred Heart has to offer.  By joining one of these competitive club teams, you will be able to compete against other schools and universities, learn a new sport, improve your athletic ability, or just make new friends.