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Back to the Books: How to get involved with Oregon club sports

**Editor’s note: This story first appeared in the Emerald’s “Back to the Books” edition, which is currently available in locations throughout Eugene.**

Since March 2014, the club sports office at the University of Oregon has resided in the frigid hallways of McArthur Court. While the printer spits papers onto the cold floor, occupancy members sit in the chill and wait for the new “Clubhouse” part of the Erb Memorial Union remodel.

What won’t wait is success for Oregon’s club programs.

This past year, club baseball won the National Club Baseball Association World Series in Kentucky. Women’s Ultimate, known as “Fugue,” won its second USA Ultimate College Championship since 2008. That’s just two of Oregon’s 39 club programs that take place in between the waves of the Oregon coast and the summits of Mt. Bachelor.

For any Oregon student hoping to participate this year, the process to play club sports begins as soon as Sept. 21 for certain sports. The information fair, scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 30 from 4-6 p.m., is a can’t-miss event. Each team will be represented by current captains, coaches and team members ready to recruit the next wave of talent.

Other than water polo, hockey and women’s soccer, all sports will hold tryouts and meetings the week following the fair – including winter and spring sports.

“The majority of club teams get their rosters together in the fall,” Club Sports Assistant Director Shawn Rubino said.

Water polo, hockey and women’s soccer will still be adding to their rosters this year. However, their calendars causes the teams to begin the season earlier than others. Women’s soccer is the only team of the three holding official tryouts, beginning Monday, Sept. 21.

For specifics, the University of Oregon Club Sports Facebook page has contact information for every team in its photos, as well as the start dates for every team.

Until June 2016, Rubino says the club sports office will remain inside McArthur Court on the southeast side (across the hall from Entry 1). The office is “typically” open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. during the week and regular operations will resume Monday, Sept. 21.

Badminton: Contact individually.

Baseball: Contact individually (tryouts on Monday, Oct. 5, on Turf Field #2 at 8 p.m.).

Men’s Basketball: Gerlinger B-54 on Monday, Oct. 12, at 4 p.m.

Bass Fishing: Contact individually.

Climbing: 251 Straub Hall on Monday, Oct. 5, at 4:30 p.m.

Cricket: Contact individually.

Cycling: 110 Willamette on Monday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m.

Dance: Contact individually.

Disc Golf: Fenton Hall 119 on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 6 p.m.

Equestrian: Chapman Hall 204 on Friday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m.

Fencing: Start date on Monday, Oct. 5, at SRC Studio 71.

Golf: Contact individually.

Ice Hockey: 107 Esslinger on Sunday, Sept. 27, at 4:00 p.m.

Jiu Jitsu: TBA Monday Oct. 5.

Kendo: Contact individually.

Men’s Lacrosse: 105 Esslinger on Friday, Oct. 2, at 6 p.m.

Women’s Lacrosse: SRC Wet Classroom 87 on Monday, Oct. 5, at 4:30 p.m.

Nordic Ski: Lillis 262 on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m.

Racquetball: Contact individually.

Ranger Challenge: Contact individually.

Rowing: Mac Court on Thursday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m.

Men’s Rugby: Lillis 175 on Monday, Oct. 5, at 6 p.m.

Women’s Rugby: Lillis 111 on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m.

Running: Start date on Monday, Sept. 28, on Turf Field 1 at 3 p.m.

Sailing: Start Date on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 3 p.m.

Alpine Skiing: TBA winter term.

Men’s Soccer: Contact individually.

Women’s Soccer: Contact individually.

Softball: Willamette 112 on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m.

Squash: Esslinger 107 on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m.

Surfing: Contact individually.

Swimming: Contact individually.

Table Tennis: Gerlinger 220 on Thursday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m.

Tennis: Esslinger 105 on Sunday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m.

Triathlon: Esslinger 105 on Monday, Oct. 5, at 5 p.m.

Men’s Ultimate: Contact individually

Women’s Ultimate: 301 Ford Alumni Center on Thursday, Oct. 1 at 5 p.m.

UO Snow: Esslinger 116, on Monday, Oct. 12, at 8 p.m.

Men’s Volleyball: Try outs on Mac Court on Monday, Oct. 12, at 4 p.m.

Women’s Volleyball: 110 Willamette Hall Tuesday, Oct. 1, 6 p.m.

Men’s Water Polo: Contact individually

Women’s Water Polo: Lillis 185 on Thursday, Oct. 1, at 6 p.m.

Wrestling: TBA Monday, Oct. 5.

Wushu: Gerlinger 220 on Monday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m.

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Andrew is a sports reporter contributing to Oregon football and baseball. The Bay Area-native hit his first (and only) official home run at age 12. You may have recently seen him on pink crutches.