Everything you need to know about joining a Thunderbirds Sport Club!

So what is “TSC” anyways? 

UBC Thunderbird Sport Clubs is a highly competitive student-led athletic program that aims to make competitive sport more accessible on campus. Home to over 300 student-athletes across 14 different teams, becoming a UBC Thunderbird and playing the sport you love has never been easier!

Why join?

Meet other students on campus who enjoy participating in the same sports! TSC teams get to travel arounds the Lower Mainland, across Canada and the USA representing UBC as an official club. That means you get to wear official UBC Thunderbirds gear and compete against other post-secondary institutions.

Student athletes get to lead their own teams and decide how their team operates. You have the opportunity to just play or to get more involved in the leadership of the team. Student athletes within the TSC program receive support and perks from the Department of Athletics & Recreation including wellbeing supports, academic resources and more!


Thunderbird Sport Clubs all have the same baseline eligibility requirements. You must be a full-time UBC Vancouver student who is in good academic standing. You must be enrolled in an Undergraduate or Graduate program completing 9 credits per term, or fulfilling the requirements of a PhD, Masters, or Co-op program.

Note that if you are a student registered with the Centre for Accessibility or have extenuating circumstances, you can still participate! Reach

out to the sport clubs admin team at sport.clubs@ubc.ca to connect!

Certain Sport Clubs have additional eligibility requirements like previous training and competition experience, or commitment to participating in all practices, competitions, and events.

Getting Involved

There are a number of ways to get involved with any of our TSC Clubs:

  1. Imagine Day: Back in person on Tuesday, September 6th, the Imagine Day Sport Clubs booth is a great way to get information on different TSC teams including roster size, commitment level, season timeline, team travel, and cost.
  2. Open Tryouts: All Sport Clubs will hold open tryouts and/or “Try-It Nights” at the beginning of the school year. Open tryouts are a great way to gage where you may fit on a club’s roster and Try-It Nights give you the chance to try out a new sport!
  3. Contact Executives: TSC is a completely student-led program. You can contact student executives by emailing the club email found on the TSC website. Once you are a member of the team you can be involved in running each club – from finance to marketing and communications, use it as a way to develop professional skills, leadership and communication skills!
  4. Prospective Athlete Form: Let the teams know that you are interested! They will include you on information about tryouts, Try It Nights and info sessions heading into the fall. Fill out this form found under the ‘Prospective Athletes’ tab on the TSC website.
  5. Social Media: Follow Thunderbird Sport Clubs on Instagram (@ubctsc) and be sure to follow any teams that you are interested in being a part of or just supporting as a T-Birds fan! This is one of the main ways that clubs communicate with any potential members or fans in general.
TSC Team Instagram Facebook Twitter YouTube
Alpine Skiing @ubcalpineskiteam UBC Alpine Ski Team    
Artistic Swimming @ubcartisticswimming UBC Artistic Swimming    
Cycling @UBCCycling UBC Thunderbirds Cycling Sport Club @UBCCyclingTeam  
Equestrian @ubcequestrianteam UBC TSC Equestrian   UBC TSC Equestrian Team
Lacrosse @ubclax UBC Thunderbirds Lacrosse SC @UBCLax  
Nordic Skiing @ubcnordicskiing UBC Nordic Ski Team    
Quidditch @ubcquidditch UBC Quidditch TSC @UBCQuidditch UBC Quidditch
Sailing @ubcsailing Thunderbirds Sailing SC    
Table Tennis @ubctabletennis      
Men’s Tennis @UBCMTennis UBC TSC Tennis Team    
Women’s Tennis @ubcwtennis UBC TSC Tennis Team    
Triathlon @ubctsctriathlon UBC Thunderbirds Triathlon SC    
Men’s Ultimate @ubcmensultimate   @ubcmensultimate  
Women’s Ultimate @ubcwultimate UBC Womens Ultimate SC @UBCwomensulti  

What if your sport isn’t a current TSC Club?

Just because we don’t have a sport club for your respective sport, that doesn’t mean that you can’t participate in a sport at UBC!

UBC has over 350 student union clubs, or AMS Clubs (AMS stands for Alma Mater Society). Many of these student run clubs include sport and recreation, including dance, climbing, wresting, water polo, and more! Sometimes they also replicate our TSC clubs, but offer a more recreation option where you won’t have to commit to weekly practices or travel for competition. Some of these include Ultimate, Triathlon and Quidditch.

For a complete list of AMS Clubs click here.

How do I start a TSC Club?

Every few years, we open applications to take on new Thunderbirds Sport Clubs. Criteria include interest on campus, financial sustainability, competition structure and more. For all the upt o date information, head to our TSC website’s “Apply for Sport Clubs Status” page.

We hope to see you out this fall!