NOTE: As of Aug. 20, 2010,
The William Clay Ford Club Sports Program at Yale University was initiated about fifty years ago by Edward C. Migdalski, a national leader and pioneer in outdoor recreation and club sports. The Athletic Department recognized only seven clubs -- then called "Minor Sports"-fishing,pony polo,riflery, rugby, sailing, skiing, and trap shooting. Ed's first accomplishment was to change the program name from "Minor Sports" to "Club Sports" because he believed that "there is no such thing as a minor sport."
Although some clubs remain solely recreational, most are highly
competitive. National collegiate championships have been won by
croquet, fishing, polo pony, rugby, sailing, and skeet shooting.
Additionally, numerous individual national collegiate championships
have been won by a variety of club athletes. In 1976, Brad Simmons,
captain of the Yale Skeet and Trap Club, was the first civilian
shooter in twenty years to make the U.S. Olympic Skeet Team.
Club privileges include use of the Yale name, a small budget and athletic facilities when available. Most clubs supplement their budget through membership fees and fund raising. Clubs are supervised by the Athletic Department, but the day-to-day operations are run by club-nominated student officers. These functions include scheduling practices and matches, contacting trainers and referees, arranging transportation and budgeting. All new clubs have a one year probation period before they qualify for department funding.
For further information contact the Club Sports Office at (203)432-2492 or stop by the office at 511 Payne Whitney Gymnasium.