All teams are required to select a willing advisor from the Appalachian State University faculty or staff who has an interest in their sport. The advisor is an important aspect of the Club Sports Program. Acting in advisory capacity, this person is not to assume leadership of the organization, but is encouraged to work closely with the officers and to offer input into the organization. His/her role is to lend experience in helping each team mature and reach its full potential.
A good advisor will provide continuity in a team's program by bridging the gap in student changes from year-to-year and supply knowledge of University policies. An advisor may assist a club in the following areas:
- Counseling and advising team members.
- Meeting frequently with the team's officers.
- Attending team meetings and activities sponsored by the club.
- Assisting in obtaining requested resources about the University concerning team members.
Faculty and staff are very busy people with their own lives. It is difficult for them to sacrifice a lot of time fromtheir family and careers. However, one of the great rewards of working in a collegiate setting is developing close mentoring relationships with students. Use this benefit to improve your club's ability. By involving your advisor in your club's decision making process, you can improve these relationships.