CSU Sports You Should Know About

Rachel Rasmussen

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By Rachel Rasmussen and Laura Studley

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Logging Team

CSU’s Logging Team integrates traditional logging activities and techniques with a fun, competitive environment. They have competitions mainly in the Pacific Northwest, plus Montana and Idaho. Some of the schools they compete against include Oregon State, Montana State, University of Washington, Cal Poly, and many others. The events they compete in include pole climbing, axe throwing, crosscut sawing, chainsaw events, chopping, and water sports like log rolling. Their competitions are mainly in the spring and practice is held year-round on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. or until dark. Dues for the team are between $70 and $75 per semester.

Men’s Water Polo

The CSU Men’s Water Polo Team works to build a close-knit unit that is both mentally and physically strong. They wish to bring the culture of water polo back to CSU through continued growth. This team is a part of the Collegiate Water Polo Association and competes in about four tournaments each season. They compete against other collegiate teams from Colorado, Wyoming,Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. Travel team members will compete at CWPA tournaments during the fall and practice squad members are welcomed at all practices and will have the opportunity to participate in scrimmages and spring tournaments. They welcome any and all levels of experience to practice with the team, but tryouts will determine which players will travel to tournaments.

Disc Golf

CSU’s Disc Golf Club was the first collegiate disc golf club in the state. They welcome all levels of players; from beginner, to advanced, to pro players. The goal of this club is to give people the opportunity to either try a new sport or to advance and hone their disc golf skills. Even though disc golf isn’t the most physically demanding sport, it does require a great deal of technique and mental focus in order to become a great player. Most competitions are performed individually, but individual scores do affect the team’s overall score. In 2012, the Disc Golf team took first place, out of 40 teams, at the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships. The next year, a four-person team went to Nationals and tied for second place; they were one stroke away from winning the title.

Ultimate Frisbee

Women’s Ultimate

The women’s ultimate frisbee team, known as Hell’s Belles, provides students with an opportunity to gain leadership skills and develop community and athleticism. The team works to create a welcoming, supportive environment for members. They have opportunities to travel to tournaments all over the country, including Minnesota, Texas, California and Missouri. Hell’s Belles practices three times a week on the Intramural Fields. Members must pay $200 per semester which includes membership to USA Ultimate.

Men’s Ultimate

Colorado State University’s men’s ultimate frisbee team has winning on the brain. With two-hour practices being held three times a week, this team works hard for glory. As a sports club, the team has the ability to play on a competitive level. The club has been a member of the Ultimate Players Association since the late 1980s and continues to grow its membership each year. Dues to join are $315 per year, with tryouts held in the fall.

Figure Skating

As a co-ed, student-run organization, the CSU figure skating team strives to develop a successful collegiate figure skating club that places an importance on academic excellence. The team accepts skaters from various experience levels. Practices are twice a week at the Edora Pool Ice Center. The figure skating team has been ranked second in the Pacific Coast region, competing three times each season. Dues are $250 a semester with the main season beginning in September and ending in March.

Rugby

Men’s Rugby

In 1970, Ram Rugby was established, beginning with less than 15 players. Since then, the team has continued to grow, implementing “no cuts,” and opening the team for anyone to join. This team is highly competitive, playing in one of the toughest collegiate leagues in the nation titled Eastern Rockies Rugby Football Union. Practice happens three times a week with due costs at $350 per semester.

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Women’s Rugby

Running through both the fall and the spring, the women’s rugby team practices three times a week. They are a part of the Mountain West Rugby Conference. Like the men’s team there are no cuts and no experience needed. Dues are $375 per semester which includes coaching and referee costs and travel. Members will also receive a shirt and shorts.

Triathlon

The CSU Triathlon Club works hard to include everyone, regardless of experience level, and invites any student to join. The club races olympic distance triathlons which includes a .9 mile swim, 24.8 mile bike and a 6.2 mile run. Practicing one to two times every day except Sunday, the team swims, bikes and runs, along with strength training. Dues for the year are $300 and include two race entry fees, a t-shirt and a bike jersey.

Equine Clubs

CSU provides students with the opportunity to join a variety of different equine clubs; The Polo Club, Ranch Horse Club, English Riding Club, Mountain Riders Horse Club, and Rodeo Club.

THE CSU POLO CLUB has been operating since 1931. They welcome a group of beginners every year with no prior polo experience. The club is open to men and women of all experience levels. Their varsity team represents CSU in tournaments all over the country.

THE RANCH HORSE CLUB at CSU has a primary goal to have fun in the club. It also works to educate its members on various ranch work that the Stock Horse of Texas focuses on; ranch riding, ranch, trail, reining, and cow horse. They encourage members of all abilities to see what ranch horse is all about.

CSU’S ENGLISH RIDING CLUB is available for anyone who has an interest in horses, specifically the English Disciplines. These include hunters, jumpers, eventers, and dressage. You must have your own horse in order to ride but you are welcome to still go to the ride nights to audit if you don’t have a horse. The club also participates in community service, the homecoming parades, potluck dinners, jump painting get-togethers, and more.

THE MOUNTAIN RIDERS HORSE CLUB is a social and recreational club at CSU. They focus on bringing people from all disciplines and experience levels together who have an interest in using horses recreationally. Throughout the year, the club participates in trail rides, the homecoming parade, pack and camping trips, Ramride, and various other community events.

THE CSU RODEO CLUB provides members with the opportunity to develop leadership, communication, ethics, and business management skills. The club works to promote the sport of rodeo. It also sponsors and hosts the Skyline Stampede Rodeo, the country’s oldest collegiate rodeo. Club members can compete in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association, but if members don’t compete, they still get to enjoy the sport, friendships, and activities of the club.