By Jackson Vaughn
Being an intercollegiate student-athlete requires many things: dedication to the team, hard work in practice, and a modicum of skill that coaches recognize. You have to be willing to put in hours of work every day, not just in-season, but also out of season and in the summer.
You are taught, and you are disciplined for acting out, as well as for not achieving the standards that are set by coaches (hired expressly for that purpose.)
Club sports, though, have to use only what they have at hand. Their discipline and practice plan is more lax and less demanding, they don’t practice (often) in the off season and any player can just walk on. They don’t have professional coaches, and if they have one at all, it is normally a fellow student. The women’s lacrosse team is coached by two male students who played high school lacrosse and one who didn’t.
Finally, the level of competition is not the same as for those who play intercollegiate sports.
For all these reasons the sports page should be entirely dedicated to the intercollegiate athlete. As the sports editor, I know that there is hardly enough room as it is for the existing sports on the page, and it should go to those who work the hardest and put in the most hours.
That is not to say that these club sports should not one day become intercollegiate, college-sponsored teams; if that day comes and standards are set for them, then they may earn a place.