Sports Club

Tier & Point System

How does it work?
All Sport Clubs are placed into a tier based on the total amount of points accumulated in the previous academic year and their overall standing with the program. The tiers range from Tier 1 to Tier 4 with Tier 1 receiving the highest budget allocation. Clubs are earning points in the current academic year of 2017-2018 to be placed into one of the tiers for the following year. For 2017-2018, the point system will total 130. For a club to gain Tier 1 status for the subsequent year they will need to gain at least 110 of the possible 130 points. Tier 2 clubs will need to gain at least 85 of the possible 130 points. Tier 3 clubs will have gained less than 85 total points or are within their first year of establishment. Tier 4 clubs are ones that are considered to be on probationary status resulting from poor standing with the Department of Recreational Services. Clubs that are in poor standing resulted from a lack of leadership, organization, and overall lack of compliance for the policies and procedures of the Sport Clubs Program. Status is primarily determined by the points being accumulated throughout the year, but the status will be evaluated at the end of each semester and subject to change based on the discretion of the Sport Clubs Coordinator.
Classification and Tier System
Tier 1 = up to $5000 per semester.
These clubs will need to gain 110 or more total points for an entire academic year. Clubs currently in tier 1 for 2017-2018 will have the opportunity to receive up to $5000 dollars in allocated funding per semester from the Department of Recreational Services. The club is to submit a budget proposal per semester by the specified deadlines to be eligible to receive a semester budget. In order for a club to receive its desired amount they will need to provide justification of their expenses and revenue within the required budget proposal form.

Tier 2 = up to $1000 per semester.
These clubs will have gained 85 to 109 total points for an entire academic year. Clubs currently in tier 2 for 2017-2018 will have the opportunity to receive up to $1000 dollars in allocated funding per semester from the Department of Recreational Services. The club is to submit a budget proposal per semester by the specified deadlines to be eligible to receive a semester budget. In order for a club to receive its desired amount they will need to provide justification of their expenses and revenue within the required budget proposal form.

Tier 3 = $0 per semester.
These clubs will have gained less than 85 total points for an entire academic year. While in this tier these clubs will receive zero funding from the Department of Recreational Services. However, financial assistance from the Department of Recreational Services may be available in limited amounts, and will be on a case by case basis at the discretion of the Sport Clubs Coordinator.

Tier 4 = Probationary Status.
While in this tier these clubs will receive zero funding and will receive zero practice space time in the Department of Recreational Services affiliated facilities. These clubs are placed in this tier because they are in poor standing with the Sport Clubs program. These clubs have shown a lack of leadership, organization, and overall lack of compliance.

Earning Points
Points are earned through three categories:

  • Leadership
  • Form completion
  • Competition

Leadership (40 Possible Points; Comprises 31% of the Total Points)
President’s training: 10 points each for two total meetings during the year = 20 points
Sport Clubs Recruitment Fair: Five points each for two total fairs during the year= 10 points
President’s semester evaluation: Five points each for two total meetings during the year = 10 points


Form Completion* (60 Possible Points; Comprises 46% of the Total Points)
Semester officer agreement: Five points each for two forms by the deadline for the year = 10 points
President’s email reports: Five points each for six total report deadlines during the year = 30 points
Semester budget proposal: Five points each for two forms by the deadline for the year = 10 points
Semester wrap-up: Five points each for two forms by deadline for the year = 10 points


Competition (Max of 30 Possible Points; Comprises 23% of the Total Points)
Local or state single game: Participation in a single game within the state of Georgia = 1/2 point
Regional single game: Participation in a single game outside the state of Georgia = one point
Local/state tournament: participation in a tournament in state of Georgia = two points
Regional tournament: participation in a tournament outside state of Georgia = three points
National qualifying competition: Participation in a competition that is eligible to qualify the club for a national championship level competition or tournament. This is a one-time yearly value = five points
National club championship or national competition or tournament: Participation in a national club championship tournament or travel to a competition or tournament outside the states of Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. This is a one-time yearly value = 10 points


Total maximum points earned for the year = 130 points
*Note: 1/2 of the total point value will be awarded to clubs for forms submitted late.

Bonus Points:
There will be scheduled opportunities throughout the year for the club to earn bonus points to their total point value. Clubs will notified in advance of the events that will serve as bonus point opportunities. The total maximum bonus points to be earned is 10 points.


Point Deductions:
There are instances where points are subject to be deducted from the club’s total point value for issues of non-compliance. Listed below are the levels of infractions and point designations for those infractions. The total maximum of points to be deducted from a club is up to 20 points.

Minor Infractions: One point deduction. This includes, but not is limited to:

  • Violation of one of the department affiliated practice location policies (e.g., no-showing for a practice at MLK or Panthersville).
  • Having non-approved marketing items (flyers, posters, websites).
  • Posting marketing materials in unauthorized locations.
  • Violation of department vehicle procedures (e.g., not returning the van on full, not removing trash or not returning the packet to the indicated location).
  • Not confirming with the Sport Clubs Coordinator on a hosted competition date or time change.
  • Having a coach beginning their duties before completion of the Coach or Volunteer Packet.

Intermediate Infraction: Five point deduction. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Failing to obtain approval on fundraising events or donor or sponsor solicitations
  • Practicing, playing or meeting on facilities without prior reservation or permission
  • Agreeing to participate in a league or conference without prior approval
  • Showing disrespect or unsportsmanlike behavior toward an onsite supervisor or another club at one of the department affiliated practice locations
  • Competing in non-approved uniforms
  • Wearing, possessing, or distributing non-approved apparel
  • Found in violation of university vehicle policies and procedures (e.g,. a report my driver filed, parking the vehicle at an unauthorized location or using the vehicle for unauthorized use)
  • Participating with an illegal member (non-Georgia State University affiliated) or ineligible member (has not completed the Participant Agreement)
  • Participating in a non-approved competition
  • Repeat violation of a listed minor infraction

Major Infraction: 10 point deduction. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Having an unauthorized driver utilize department vehicles
  • Transporting or consuming alcohol or illegal substances in the department vehicles
  • Improper use of club funds
  • Hazing, fighting or unsportsmanlike conduct toward other club members, officials, site management, professional staff or opponents
  • Repeat violation of listed intermediate infraction

Once the Sport Clubs Coordinator finds a club in violation of one of the above infractions, the club president will be notified of the violation and the associated point deduction. A club may appeal the ruling. The club president must submit the appeal in writing within five business days of the notification from the Sport Clubs coordinator. The written appeal is to be directed to the Assistant Director for Intramurals. The written appeal should include the reason of the appeal, the desired outcome and supporting evidence or documents. Once the appeal is submitted, please allow three to five days for the Assistant Director to review and follow up with the club concerning the determination of the appeal.

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