Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Spotlight on Softball

Women's Softball plays at Towson for NCSA conference games at 10 am, 12 pm, and 2 pm on Saturday Oct 31st. They will be playing at Fort Garrison Elementary School 3310 Woodvalley Drive.

Make sure you also check out Women's Softball new website ( for statistics on the team and players.

Women's Softball is hosting their first tournament on Nov. 7th against St. Mary's, University of Delaware, and The College of New Jersey. Games will occur from 8:00 am until 6:15 pm. Don't miss them!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Weekend Line Up

Around campus for the weekend? Why not stop by a sport club event and cheer on your fellow Terps!

Saturday, October 17

Men's Rugby competes against Virginia Tech on the Engineering Field from 11am to 4pm.

Sunday, October 18

Field Hockey takes on Salisbury at the Turf - 8am to 11am

Fencing hosts the Mostly Annual Chaos Collegiate Invitational in SPH 2101 from 7am to 6pm. The competition includes UMBC, UVA, Navy, George Washington, MU, and SJC!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Tip of the Week: Hotel Reservations

Does your club stay in hotels when traveling? Here are a few tips and ideas to make the process as painless as possible!
  1. Call the hotel directly. Do not use an online booking site (orbitz, hotwire, etc) or a service such as 1-800-Hotels! If you book online or via a mass booking phone number, your credit card will be charged immediately and it will be impossible to switch the payment to the CRS credit card. When you call the hotel, you will need to put down your presonal credit card, and I will call the Wednesday prior to travel to switch out the credit card to mine.
  2. Call the hotel as far in advance as possible. You will have a better selection of available rooms (double beds, non-smoking, etc) the earlier you book.
  3. Use a credit card, and not a debit card, when you call the hotel. They will need to keep a credit card on file for incidentals (the CRS card cannot be used for this) and the hotel may place a hold on some funds. If you use a debit card for this purpose, they will place a hold on money in your account and you will not have access to that money for 3-5 days post travel!
  4. Be sure to note in your travel report the name the room is held under so that when I call to transfer the cards, I am able to assist the hotel representative in finding your reservation.
  5. If the hotel is paid for by the CRS credit card, you must bring back receipts for each room. A $50 fine will be charged if receipts do not come back in the red binder.

Hope this is helpful in planning your club trips! As always, please direct any questions you may have to Katie at

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

How To: Order Equipment

If your club orders equipment through the CRS office, here is an easy way to make sure your order gets placed quickly - provide all nessesary information! Not sure what information we do or don't need? Here's a quick run down, plus an easy way to get it to us!

If your order is more than $500, you can use a basic spreadsheet to get me the information I need. It should look something like this:

In this scenerio, we'd go with Vendor B because they have the lowest total price. We do this so that the State of Maryland can ensure that we're getting the best prices when using state money (CRS or SGA) to purchase equipment.

You can send the spreadsheet as an attachment, or you can drop it off in person. Either way, all of the information needs to be clear so we can place your order in a timely manner. Remember, it takes 2-3 days to process your order prior to placing the order with the company!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Spotlight on Ballroom at Maryland

Ballroom dancing is not all about the glitter and pretty dresses; it’s also about keeping in shape while expressing yourself through dance, as well as making friends and having fun! Ballroom at Maryland (BAM) is hosting some exciting events this year that are open to the public – check it out!

Dancing with the Professors
Come see your professors’ dance with “pros” and compete against each other for the bragging rights!

Our competitors are:

Richard Bell, Department of History
Patricia Cleveland, Smith School of Business
Kenneth Frauwirth, Department of Microbiology
Katherine Tek, Department of French

Most importantly, the event is FREE!!!

7:30 PM, October 29, 2009
Colony Ballroom, Stamp Student Union

For more information, join our Facebook event at

DC Dancesport Inferno
Like ballroom dancing? Want to watch a high quality competition? Come to one of the largest amateur competitions in the US right on campus! Held November 7-8 in the Grand Ballroom of Stamp Student Union, dancers from all over the nation compete against each other in many different styles and levels.

The Saturday Evening Show includes the Pre-Championship and Championship Level Ballroom and Latin competitions – it’s a show you cannot miss!

Check it out – it’s free to students during the day and only $10 for the Saturday Evening Show!

Buy Tickets at

November 7-8, 2009
Grand Ballroom, Stamp Student Union

Terpsichorean Ball
Ballroom at Maryland's mission is to spread our love of dance within the University of Maryland community, and so we have been holding the Terpsichorean Ball since 2005. This dance is open to everyone with all kinds of dancing, and to encourage people to come, we are offering two free group lessons for groups of 15 or more! To arrange a lesson, contact the Lessons Chair at In addition, for individuals and couples, we are offering a series of social lessons throughout the Fall semester as seen on the front page news posts of our websites, along with a few intensive learning sessions immediately after Winter Break.

The Terpsichorean Ball is on February 13, 2010!
For tickets and more information, go to


BAM also provides open practice space and free beginner lessons. There are no requirements to join the club or come with us to competitions (you don’t even need a partner!); we encourage people of all ages, interests and levels of ballroom dance experience to come try it out! We hold practice space in the School of Public Health Volleyball Gym, which is on the 2nd Floor. Here’s the schedule:

Thursdays 10PM - 12PM
Newcomer Standard Class

Sundays 8PM-11PM
Newcomer Latin Class

Dan Calloway's Newcomer Review Class

West Coast Swing for Ballroom Dancers

Tuesdays 10PM-12PM
10PM to 12PM
Syllabus Technique

For more information, feel free to email us at, visit our website at, or even just drop by a practice and ask us in person!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Sport Club Weekend Events: Family Weekend

Many sport clubs are hosting competitions this weekend. Why not drop by and cheer on your fellow Terps with your family?

Here's the line up for the weekend:

Friday, October 9

Men's Soccer - Competing against GWU, Rutgers, Penn, GMU, UDel, American, and Pitt at the turf from 6pm to 11pm.

Saturday, October 10

Men's Soccer - Continuation of Friday night's tournament. At the turf from 8am to 10pm.

Tennis - Hosting a tournament at the Cole tennis courts from 8am to 8pm. The competition includes Georgetown, UDel, Towson, GWU, UVA, Rutgers, WVU, and UMBC.

Men's Rugby - Hosting Navy on Frat Row at 11am.

Women's Soccer - Hosting American University on Ludwig Field between 1-5pm.

Women's Volleyball - Hosting American and JHU in the Armory from 8am to 8pm.

Sunday, October 11

Men's Basketball - Competing against GWU, Rutgers, Towson, UDel, and UMBC in the Armory from 10am to 6pm.

Tennis - Continuation of Saturday's events.

Men's Ultimate- Intrasquad game on the Engineering Fields from 8am to 11:30am.

Softball - Hosting Loyola on the Engineering softball field from 9am to 4pm.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Tip of the Week: Membership Rosters

Having a hard time getting your club members to sign up on the CRS website? Make it easy for your new members - bring a laptop to practices so they can enter their information before or during practice! That way you know they've signed up, and they can ask you any questions they have. Most practice facilities have wireless internet access, so it should be easy to get this done. Of course, you'll need to ensure that someone keeps an eye on the computer... you wouldn't want it to "walk away".Remember, everyone who attends practices needs to be signed up on the CRS website and needs to have a waiver signed and turned in to the Sport Club office. You may want to assign this duty to one of your club officers so that one person is responsible for keeping track of your club's membership roster.

Questions? Have a tip that may work for other clubs? Email Katie Hagen, Assistant Director - Sport Clubs, with your questions, comments, and tips. It may end up featured on the sport club blog! Send your email to with "Tip of the Week" as the subject.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

It's never too early....

Men's Ice Hockey, accepting the Coach of the Year Award
on behalf of their coach, Eric Pratt

... to start thinking about awards season!
Every May, more than 100 club officers gather to celebrate the end of another great year. May 2010 is a long way off, but it's never too early to start thinking about who you are going to nominate for each of the 7 awards given out annually.

The award categories are:
  • Student-Athlete Achievement - awarded to the club with the highest average GPA

  • Spirit of Sport Clubs - awarded to the sport club member with the highest level of dedication and passion for their club
  • Fundraising - awarded to the club whose fundraising success has allowed for club growth

  • Sport Club of the Year - awarded to the club that has demonstrated the highest degree of organization and commitment to its members, the department, and the University

  • Coach/Instructor of the Year - awarded to the sport club program's most outstanding instructor

  • Athletic/Competitive Achievement - awarded to the club with the most outstanding athletic or competitive achievement.

  • Terrapin Community Award - presented to the club that demonstrates the highest level of "giving back" to the University or College Park community.

Start thinking about which award your team is going after this year - and be sure to save the date for the Fourth Annual Sport Club Appreciation & Awards Dinner, to be held May 6, 2010. Here are a few photos from last year's event:

To see a full list of award winners, please see the second page of the sport club handbook.
* Photos by Rachel Kim

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Team Spotlight Sign-Ups!

With a full month of practice under our belts and just 9 more weeks till the end of the season, our sport clubs are in full swing! Each week a different sport club will be showcased on the blog, complete with pictures, game schedules, and practice dates and locations. Be sure to check back every Monday to see if YOUR sport club is being featured!

In the mean time, check out some of our clubs in action:

Women's Rugby
Table Tennis

Go Ju Ryu

Figure Skating


If you want your club to be featured, email Katie Hagen at!