Spring sports clubs prepare for season

Shelbyville freshman Alex Hamilton prepares to throw the frisbee to Leitchfield sophomore Zach Berry during an Ultimate Frisbee drill at the Hattie L. Preston Intramural Complex. The drill simulated in-game action and allowed the Ultimate Frisbee Club to practice quick throws and fast thinking. (Luke Franke/HERALD)

Whitney Allen

It’s a Wednesday evening in the spring and the Hattie L. Preston Intramural Sports Complex is buzzing with activity. Intramural sports fill some of the fields but on one particular field, the WKU Women’s Field Hockey Club is hard at work.

The team is running drills and conditioning for their already progressing season. They work together as a group of friends, teaching new members how to play the game and improving the skills of the others.

Louisville sophomore Erin Asher is Women’s Field Hockey president. Asher said weather conditions have made it difficult to practice lately but the team will be hosting a tournament at the Hattie L. Preston Intramural Sports Complex this Sunday at 11 a.m.

Asher said although most of the team’s members have experience playing field hockey in high school, anyone can play.

“We have a no try out policy if you’ve never played before we are willing to work with you,” Asher said. “We get newcomers every year.”

Club sports are led and organized by students. Asher said she coordinates with the club Field Hockey team at Vanderbilt fairly often because they are so close. Club presidents reach out to other universities to schedule games, which are then approved by the sport club coordinator.

The Student Club Council is comprised of seven students who make recommendations for budget, practice, and event schedules. The council also organizes the annual Border Brawl, which was this past weekend.

The Border Brawl is a tournament in which several WKU teams compete against Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) teams in various sports and this year MTSU was victorious.

Brandenburg senior, Allie Bogard is a member of the Sport Club Council as well as the Women’s Soccer club team.

“We really push community involvement for the clubs,” Bogard said.

“Being an active participant to better the community has a beneficial impact on the club and each person individually.”

The field hockey tournament this weekend will serve as a fundraiser for the Center for Courageous Kids.

Asher said the team will ask local businesses and visiting teams for donations and in the past they have organized raffles at the tournament to raise more money.

The field hockey team also visits the Center for Courageous Kids once or twice a semester.

“It’s good to go out there so the girls can actually see who they’re helping,” Asher said.

Like most club sports, the Men’s Ultimate Frisbee Club team also plays year round.

Louisville sophomore Evan Mack is the president of the Ultimate Frisbee team. Mack said although the team doesn’t have any home games this semester, they will host a tournament in the fall.

When the Ultimate Frisbee team plays in tournaments they will play seven games over the course of a weekend.

Mack said most players have never played Ultimate Frisbee before.

“Most everyone who comes in gets their first true taste of competitive Ultimate once they start playing at the college level,” Mack said.

Columbus, Ga. junior Emily Green is the president of the Women’s Rugby club team. Green said all of the women on the team are really good friends.

“At first, of course, everyone meets everyone and gets to know each other,” Green said. “We get really close. We are all really good friends.”

Their first home game will be April 26 against Eastern Kentucky University.

“It’s (Rugby) not as awful as the reputation leads it to be,” Green said. “It’s actually a lot of fun and it’s no more dangerous than football or soccer or anything else.”