Start a Club
– Expand the CKA by promoting the formation of new kiteboarding clubs at US colleges
– Provide a guide for how clubs have previously been set up
– Available on the CKA website and distributed as a document or over forums
Collegiate kiteboarding has seen massive growth since the establishment of the Collegiate Kiteboarding Association in America. Like any new sport, the CKA would like to encourage the formation of new clubs to increase college participation to progress the sport in the kiting industry.
Why start a kiteboarding club at a college?
– Enjoy a kiteboarding college experience
– Get funding from your college to purchase new equipment and pay for travel
– Make the sport more accessible financially for students
– Get access to top equipment and great deals through club sponsorships
– Add leadership, sporting and club achievements to your resume
– Increase ability at kiteboarding by regular participation and getting pushed by other riders
– Young progressive riders will push sports in right direction
– Prove ability through competitive achievements to gain sponsorships etc.
– Support yourself through college by generating income through instructing
– Enhance the reputation of your school
– Make lifelong connections and bonds
– It can be lot of work but trust us, it’s worth it!
How to start a collegiate kiteboarding club?
All that is really needed is a little passion and motivation. There shouldn’t be too many hurdles to get a club going at your school.
A survey of the current established clubs revealed the following common themes:
– Check to make sure that there isn’t already a club or similar organization
– Think about what the name of the club will be. There may be certain naming conventions your school imposes. Think about future implications. For example, you may want your club to be affiliated with your college for non-profit benefits and then have a business attached for generating revenue.
– Contact the sports club office to find out what requirements and planning is needed to start a club. Some schools prohibit students from participating in activities involving high liability or other risk factors.
– You may be required to provide an outline of the club’s goals and objectives
– Hold an informational meeting to gather contact details of interested students to be the first members. There may be stipulations for minimum number of members and that they must be students, staff or faculty who attend your college.
– Elect club officers, usually at least three, most commonly President, Vice President and Treasurer
– Find an Advisor from full-time faculty or staff. It will help immensely if you can find someone that play an active role and will support the club when trying to achieve its goals.
– Write a constitution with bylaws. Templates should be available on the sports clubs websites and you should contact the CKA to other club’s templates.
– Follow up with the sport clubs office.
– The club will then go through a Recognition process and be registered with Sport Clubs Office
– Attend first Sport Clubs Council meeting
– Register with Sport Clubs Office
– Club executive to attend officer training
– An actively managed website or Facebook group which is great for communication and publicity
What paperwork and administration is required from here?
Some paperwork you may be asked to provide with varying frequency
– Club roster
– Liability waivers
– Monthly reports
– Budget requests
– Pre- and post-travel forms
– Hosting an event paperwork
– Equipment inventory
– Community service paperwork
– End of year report
Because you are now a non-profit organization, people can donate equipment to your club with a tax write off in return from the school. Contact the CKA if you want more information.