Typically when the words “pay” and “play” go together, it’s associated with the debate over whether or not college athletes should be paid to play. But for some club sports at Utah, it means having to pay to play — as in students who participate in these club sports are often paying their own money so they can continue playing a sport they love. While the thread of paying to play isn’t a theme with all the club sports, it is the hardship some have to overcome.
“As soon as a few players started changing their priorities and commitment, it changed the team dynamic. It was nerve-wracking, because they could have picked not to be there and we wouldn’t have had a team. But they have chosen to be there and I think we are going to have an amazing season.” - Women's lacrosse head coach, Tracy Pati
As for the rugby team, other programs in the country offer scholarships, but sometimes it is not enough to cover tuition for out of state students.