How Title IX affects club sports

Hannah Mirsky

Quinnipiac’s athletic department chose select club sports to be affiliated with the university starting this fall based on the regulations of Title IX.

Title IX is a law that protects discrimination of both sexes in school activities. This ensures that the university has a proportional amount of club sports for both men and women. 

There were 10 available spots for six women’s teams, three men’s teams, and one co-ed team. Since the male to female ratio is 39:61, the university was required to select more female teams to represent club sports.

“We had a committee that included students, included professional staff members from our campus life teams, professional staff members from recreation, and professional staff members from athletics,” Mike Medina, director of campus life and recreation, said.

The athletic department formed a well rounded team of people to go through the applications.

“At the end of the day it was a jigsaw puzzle that we had to put together,” Medina said.

Club baseball was one of the sports not chosen to become an affiliated club sport and it brought up more challenges for their team.

“Problems that we face as an unaffiliated club sport is funding so everyone that is on the team has to pay out of their own pocket because even though club sports are affiliated they just have to pay a little bit less money,” Brenden Cavaco, team president of the Hamden Braves, said.

Currently, the baseball team has to find and pay for field space, jerseys, hats, and umpires. They do not have sponsors supporting their team, placing the responsibility on the players.

“We are going to be applying again in February 2020,” Cavaco said. “I’ll be talking to Mike Medina; We’ll make sure we get a good platform and give all the paperwork that he needs.”

Unaffiliated club sports, like baseball, will try again next season to become affiliated