Tips for Starting/Maintaining a High School Club
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Hi, this my first forum topic on CR. I am a high school junior (11th grade), and I'm trying to start a club at my high school. The club I'm starting is the "eSports club." eSports is competitive video gaming. We would hold recreational gaming sessions, recreational club tournaments, and participate in the High School Star League scholarship tournament. There is a significant audience at my school that would be interested to this. We would have a passing grade requirement for participation and build important skills such as teamwork, communication, sportsmanship, and decision making. I do believe the proposal will most likely get approved. So, this is more a question about managing a club. If you have been a part of or are in a high school/college club, what did you like or did not like? Mistakes to watch for? Tips? What worked for your club? Anything club related really.

As always, please take this down if there is already a thread like this. Thanks.
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I'm a vice president for a comic book/manga club a friend of mine started. I'm also a member of one other club. Not sure what it's like starting up, but I deal with things like helping organizing events, the next book we're reading, and holding the majority of the meetings as vice. It's a little scary, to be honest, considering I have social anxiety. But it's definitely easier when people hold the same interests as you. I'd say be sure to keep the members entertained and offer up incentives for attending meetings and events as often as possible. Like snacks or something of the sort. Maybe ask the members for suggestions and requests? I don't know how it is for you, but I notice people tend to get lazy and/or bored with the clubs at my school, as the meetings are once a week but are optional to attend.

That's really all I can offer at the moment. This is pretty much my first expierence with clubs. I was always too introverted for them. I did join a Japanese club last year (my junior year); I only attended a few of the meetings. Made a few friends, though!

Hope that helped.~
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I am the secretary of my school's Anime and Manga club, the President plans for me to become President next year so I've learned a few things:
Make sure you make it well known to the people who actually have a thing for gaming
Have people you trust that will benefit from constructing the club
Give people details on what you guys do and even if they don't like gaming have them spread the word
Lay out your plans for the school year so if someone is curious about what specifically you guys will be doing throughout the year then they'd probably have a good idea how the club works
Commonly do activities where everyone in the club has to join in on
I know the club is about gaming, but sometimes you guys should make a pause on that and do other activities to get the people closer (Like in my club we do debates on anime, do potlucks, bring gaming systems (Obviously your a gaming club), etc)
Watch for fights! Maybe someone gets offended when someone starts talking crap about video games (Someone said AOT sucked and it lead to hell in my club)
Watch out for the Freshman! They get picked on! (You should know that)
If you know that someone in the club are not behaving right (Being rude and such) don't be afraid to kick them out. Some people are jack asses
Also even if your club is a success and has a decent amount of people, they are plenty of people who would want to join, but they don't because of things like not having friends that join or not knowing. Keep spreading the word! If you see someone with a Halo shirt walking around and they aren't in your club tackle him down!!!!!!!!!!
Make sure that everyone has fun! Not just 99% of the club!
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The first day you get there take down the biggest and baddest dude you see make sure you assert your dominance over them.
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madmejis wrote:

The first day you get there take down the biggest and baddest dude you see make sure you assert your dominance over them.


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Posted 9/15/14 , edited 9/15/14
Use the power of friendship.
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Thanks, guys! I really appreciate the responses. Your stories of your clubs are very interesting and helpful!
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Posted 9/15/14

LONGNAMEYOUWONTMISS wrote:


madmejis wrote:

The first day you get there take down the biggest and baddest dude you see make sure you assert your dominance over them.




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I guess it's one thing to actually start a club and another beast altogether to keep it running.

You need to first make sure the higher ups in the club are trustworthy and as dedicated as you are. You can have your best friend as a vice president but if he and the other members slack off too much, there's no point in having a club. As a founder, you are the one people look to when they ask about events and what the club is all about. That part is hard in its own way, but finding a successor who will keep it alive after you graduate is even harder.

I haven't been a member of many clubs, but I have been heavily involved in herpetology and table tennis clubs. At school right now, I am a member if two student organizations. I refused to join frats.

I was an honorary co-founder of the herpetology club since I used to catch rattlesnakes in the park and taught a few people to handle snakes. Apparently, watching me was "inspiring" or something. The president had a beautiful green boa and club events generally consisted of reptile owners bringing in their pets to share their stories and to show people how the pets feed. I don't think the club survived long after I graduated since not many people at school were fond of reptiles. The president couldn't find a worthwhile successor.

I was a co-founder of the table tennis club. We did a few school tournaments but our school never really had a table tennis team. We would often meet after school to play table tennis in the PE area and sometimes the PE coaches would join (more often than not, they were only there to manage equipment but did play a few times). It was usually the same group of a dozen or so people, each with his own blade since the ones provided by the school were really old and warped. Newcomers were taught how to play and people could also play for fun, obviously. It was really laid-back and I have no idea how it survived for so long. It lasted longer than herpetology club did after I graduated but I think it's gone now unless someone re-established it.

I was decent friends with the guy who founded the school Wushu club (sadly, the club was created only after I left). We would get together at a friend's house and invite people from our respective dojos. We did sparring and the garage was full of punching bags and martial arts stuff. It was really fun. I don't know how the thing changed after it became an official club but it probably didn't gather at someone's house anymore.
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First and most crucial element, be prepared for the responsibility and not to flake out on everyone after starting.
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