I was wondering if anybody has participated in a OL/PL club at a college or university. We started one at Utah last year but only had 3 people, including myself, participate. I am the only one remaining now and was wondering if anybody had any ideas on how to recruit people to join.
Last year, we posted flyers where the ESS students attend classes. I was going to post flyers around the entire campus this year. I am just getting frustrated that people are not into it. I see people at the school gym doing one of the big 3 or the OL lifts and ask them if they would like to join the club, but they usually refuse. I had one person attending, but he dropped out after about a week. I don’t understand. We have good half-racks, bumper plates, platforms, and benches where the club trains, but nobody wants to be in it.
Also, we have three smart and experienced coaches. The head coach is a doctoral student in exercise physiology and has experience competing in both PL and OL. He has also worked with Mike Gattone in the past. One of the other coaches is on the ESS faculty and competes in WABDL meets. Finally, the last coach is a doctoral student in exercise physiology and used to be an assistant S&C coach at Utah State.
We plan on getting people to come and compete and have even opened up the club to anybody interested in S&C so we can get more people to come out. We also plan to use some of the money that the school is going to give us to have someone prominent in OL or PL come be a guest speaker.
I guess the big question is how would one go about making these sports sound fun. It seems like there is nobody interested. I especially can’t believe that we don’t have a lot of ESS students come out just to learn technique, since a good amount of them don’t know what some of the lifts are and learning to perform them would be helpful for their careers.