Monday, November 29, 2010

Spotlight on: UMD Tennis Club

This year, the UMD Tennis Club enlisted 200 students on their roster, achieving record numbers. Throughout the season, they played regular season matches against Georgetown, UMBC, George Washington, and John Hopkins. UMD Tennis Club won all of their matches and, for the first time in club tennis history, these matches were open to all players on the team (not just the top ranked travel players). This allowed ample opportunity for those who are not typically involved in competitions to participate in matches, as well as get some quality experience.

After coming off a 16th place finish in the National Tournament last year (out of 64 teams invited), UMD’s competitive team is training harder than ever to pursue their goal of winning the National Tournament. To prepare for this tournament, the team played (and excelled) in the following tournaments this past semester:

  • Legg Mason Classic in DC - This tournament included four invited teams (including UMD) to participate in a tournament alongside the USTA Legg mason Tournament. They watched the pros play, spoke with them, and even played with them as a large crowd looked on. UMD won the tournament, and enjoyed a fantastic experience!
  • Battle of the Sections in NY - This tournament took place at the US Open Courts at Flushing Meadows, NY (in Queens) a week after the US open ended. It included 16 schools from around the East Coast. UMD Tennis Club came in 2nd place to Penn State, but UMD won the Sportsmanship Award for the tournament (other schools voted for this award). UMD also had the opportunity to hit in Arthur Ashe Stadium, which is the biggest tennis stage in America.
  • USTA Virginia Fall Invitational in VA - This tournament included 24 schools from around the nation. UMD tied for 5th place (with UVA), and had the closest match in program history against JMU-- It came down to the last point to determine the winner of the match, in which UMD scored the winning point!
  • 2010 USTA Tennis on-Campus Fall Invitational in Arkansas – The UMD Tennis Club flew to Little Rock, Arkansas to participate in the first TOC Fall Invitational run by the USTA, with over 20 participating teams. UMD earned 2nd place, losing a close game against Alabama with a score of 22-20. This tournament showed the players a great time, especially due to the player party held for the teams after the tournament!

The UMD Tennis Club is now preparing for the more important tournaments of next semester, including both the Sectional and National Tournaments!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Spotlight on: UMD Squash Club

The UMD Squash Club has already had a very exciting season; A victory in the NCSRA tournament against competitive teams in the DC, Maryland and Virginia areas allowed them to win the Division 4 summer league title! This title was extremely important and difficult to win, especially when facing the challenges of teammate injuries, as well as absences. This will also give the team their 5th league title within the past three years!

A strong victory over Johns Hopkins during the past weekend has helped the team to look forward to their upcoming entrance into the Division 3 league during the winter semester, therefore providing heavier competition.

The UMD Squash Club will be hosting the 5th annual Lucky Boast Squash Tournament on November 12th-14th. Last year's tournament was a great success with almost 40 players participating. The tournament features all levels of experience, including beginner, intermediate and advanced draws, so players of all skill levels can have fun and be competitive. Two matches are guaranteed, and there will be prizes for participants from our sponsors. Players of all levels are encouraged to participate in this event, as it will be a fun and valuable experience! Contact Rahul Nair for more details if interested, and see below for more information.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Spotlight on: Maryland Equestrian Club

The weekend of October 2-3 was a successful one for the Maryland Equestrian Club! The team attended a show hosted by Mount St. Mary's at Goucher College. Erica Carson made her debut as the club's new coach and helped coach the team to place 3rd overall out of 15 schools. The club is very proud of their huge accomplishment - as is CRS!

Here is the list of riders and their ribbons:
Arielle Bluestein: 2nd Open Flat/4th Open Fences
Andrew Artuso: 6th Intermediate Fences
Leandra Bitterfeld: 3rd Intermediate Fences
Lauren Marshall: 5th Intmediate Flat/4th Novice Fences (and qualified for regionals)
Lauren Bittle: 5th Novice Flat
Samantha Davis: 3rd Novice Flat
Jackie Kolansy: 2nd Novice Fences
Megan Hanifan: 1st Advanced wtc
Katie Gankos: 1st Advanced wtc

Congratulations on a great competition weekend!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

This Friday!

Eppley After Dark is this Friday! Join us at the ERC for special performances by the generics and SKETCHUP, two of Maryland's favorite student performance groups. And then stick around for musical guests The Speaks! More information is available on the CRS Facebook page - see you on Friday!

Monday, September 27, 2010

You've Got Mail

Have you checked your club mailbox lately? Each of our 42 clubs have a club mailbox at the Membership Services desk at the ERC - be sure someone from your club is checking it each week to stay up to date on correspondence from CRS, as well as vendors, other teams, and the bank.

Checks will never be placed in your club mailbox, so if you receive a note saying that you've received a check, you'll need to pick it up with Katie during business hours.

Friday, September 24, 2010

How To: Member Rosters

We're 3 weeks into the season and at this point you should have turned in at least one batch of waivers. Still having a problem getting your members listed online so that CRS can match up your waivers to your members?

Here are a few ideas we talked about at the Officers Summit on Sept. 12:
  • Bring a laptop to practice and have people sign up as they come
  • Have a team meeting at a computer lab
  • Collect the information from your team members and have the officers enter it
Remember, each club needs to have at least 3 CPR certified members listed online, waivers should be turned in every week for new members, and every that attends practice needs to input their information online.

The easiest way to ensure that everyone at practice is registered/waivered online is to print out your member roster prior to practice and check people off as they come. You'll be able to hand out waivers to the folks that need it and will be able to tell them to get online ASAP.

Did you turn in waivers but see those folks still listed in grey at the bottom of your roster? It's possible either CRS hasn't updated the waivers online yet, OR those members didn't get online until after we went through the waivers. The easiest way to check the last time CRS updated your roster is to look at the time stamp, which is listed at the very bottom of your member roster:

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

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!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Fall Practices Kick Off Today!

Today marks the start of the Fall 2010 sport club season! If you are interested in joining a club, be sure to contact the club president for practice information. Not sure which club suits you best?

Meet the officers at the Annual Taste of CRS event on September 12, from 1-4pm! Officers from each of the 42 clubs will be stationed on LaPlata Beach and you'll have a chance to ask any questions you might have.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Catch a Game on 9/11

Looking for something fun to do with your club to kick off the new season?

Catch a game with the Washington Freedom – DC’s premier women’s professional soccer team. Their next (and possibly last) home game of the season is on September 11th at 7pm at the Maryland Soccerplex in Germantown, MD.

There is a special ticket offer this game for college students around the DC area - a $20 Lower Bleacher ticket with FREE transport to and from the stadium. If you are interested in getting your club together to attend the game, email Nich Reddy ( by Wednesday, September 8th with the number of tickets you would like and she will make the necessary transport arrangements.

If you do attend, be sure to take a few team pictures and send them in to! Can't make the 9/11 game? What about the CRS Sprint Triathlon? We're still looking for volunteers!

Friday, September 3, 2010

We Tweet - Do you?

Looking for a way to stay updated with UMD Sport Clubs? Follow us on Twitter!

UMDsportclubs will be tweeting all kinds of important things - from reminders to rain cancellations, this is the quickest way to stay in the loop. Click the Twitter logo above to be taken to the UMDsportclub twitter page and get connected!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Interested in sport clubs?

Joining a sport club is a great way to meet new people, learn a new sport, or continue playing a sport you love. If you were a member of a sport club last year, you know the drill - complete your info online and then either print a waiver or wait until your first club practice to get one from an officer.

If you are a new to the club program, the easiest thing to do is contact the appropriate club officer to find out when your first practice is!

Getting on the club roster is super easy. Just find your club and then click the link:
That link will bring you to the club's member roster page. To add yourself as a member, click "member add":
And then complete all of the information. Be sure to use your full name and correct UID:

Your information will not show up on the CRS website until a waiver has been turned in to the sport club office, so you can either print a waiver and bring it to your first club practice, or just wait until your first practice and get a waiver from a club officer. If you'd like to print a waiver, click the "print a waiver" link:

Either way, be sure to turn in your completed waiver to a club officer. The club officers will bring all completed waivers to the sport club office, and your name should appear on the club roster within a few days.

Once your name has been added to the roster, it will look like this:

If you do not see your name on the roster within a few days of turning in your waiver, please check with the club officers to ensure that your waiver has been turned in to the sport club office. It is the responsibility of both you and your club officers to ensure that no one is practicing without a waiver on file!

Practices start on September 7. Get your information online now so you are ahead of the game!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Fun Team Building Opportunity!

Interested in doing some fun team building with your club, while at the same time participating in a great community service effort? Why not help out at the CRS Sprint Triathlon?

Volunteers are needed to help out with registration, handing out water to participants, and monitoring the course. the event date is Sunday, September 26, and all volunteers will receive t-shirts and snacks.

All sport club participants are encouraged to volunteer! Gather up a group of your teammates and make a day of volunteering and cheering on the triathlon participants. Email Kristin Legg, Triathlon Co-Coordinator, at for more details or to sign up for a volunteer shift.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Welcome Back!

The summer is finally winding down and in less than a week classes will be back in session! The sport club staff is gearing up for another year of sport club fun - are you?

If you are a club officer, you have received a huge email with important dates, your schedule, and your budget for the 2010-2011 year. Please pass along pertinent information to your club members so everyone is on the same page for the start of the season.

Interested in joining a sport club this year? All you need to do for now is contact the club president and find out when the first practice or team meeting is - you'll get all the details at that practice or meeting.

Questions? Please email Katie Hagen, Assistant Director-Sport Clubs, at

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Congrats to our award winners!

Thank you to all of our officers who came out on May 6 to celebrate another great year for Maryland Sport Clubs! I'd especially like to congratulate all of our award winners:

Spirit of Sport Clubs
Christina Bohr, Badminton Club

Student-Athlete Award
Women's Club Soccer

Athletic-Competetive Achievement Award
Terps Lacrosse Club

Fundraising Award

Terrapin Community Award
Women's Ice Hockey Club

Coach of the Year
James Evans and Andrew Barber, Terps Lacrosse Club

Club of the Year
Triathlon Club

I am so proud of all of our clubs - thank you for a great year!