What does being a club team mean? How does it differ from varsity?
Both types of teams compete against other schools, both teams travel and both teams represent their schools. The difference comes in funding – varsity programs are funded by the school, while club teams rely on their own fundraising efforts to exist.
Fundraising is a huge part of being on the team. We’ve had a meteoric rise over the past four years, thanks to the groundswell of fundraising from programs (recycling, Pizzeria UNO’s nights) and support from our alumni and other friends of the program.
What’s the level of competition?
We compete in the National Club Baseball Association; Div. I, the premier venue for club baseball teams throughout the nation. There are currently 131 teams in the NCBA in the nation and our conference (North Atlantic-North) includes Boston College, UMass, SUNY Albany, UConn, and Northeastern.
Overall, the level of play is comparable to Div. III collegiate baseball. For schools without a varsity program, it offers an opportunity to play competitive baseball. Some schools, with Div. I baseball programs, use their club teams as a JV farm teams.
Where does the team play? When does it play/practice?
We play three games per week, usually on the weekends, plus the occasional weekday game, throughout the Fall (early September through late October) and Spring (March through mid-May). Our home field is Cleveland Circle, a short drive from campus, in Brighton.
In season we practice around two times a week outside, at Cleveland Circle, and winter practices are held twice a week inside at the Track and Tennis Center.
What kind of commitment does the club require? Will it detract from my studies?
One of the greatest aspects of being a club team is the balance between baseball and college life. We’re not going to demand all of your time, like a varsity team would; however, we require enough to put out a solid, clean product. We expect attendance at all practice and games from our student-athletes, but realize class conflicts may exist. We’re all students first; your studies take precedence over baseball. That’s why you’re paying to be at Boston University.