Mississippi State University through the University Rec Sports office also fields several club sports which compete against several other SEC universities. MSU Club Sports include rugby, cricket, men's ice hockey, lacrosse, disc golf (Club Team acquired first national championship in school history), fencing, tactical airsoft, paintball, men's soccer, women's soccer, volleyball, ultimate, ballroom dance, table tennis, aikido, and yoga.
Notable Club Sports accomplishments have come from the Men's Soccer club, Men's Cricket club and Men's Disc Golf club. The soccer club received a bid to the 2006 National Intramural Recreational Sports Association's national tournament. MSU cricket club beat Vanderbilt University to win the mega event of 3rd annual Bulldawg Championship Trophy 2008, held at Mississippi State University. The disc golf club won the 2009 National Championship at the Collegiate Disc Golf Championship in Augusta, Ga., winning by seven strokes over runner-up Arkansas.
Certain club sports, such as men's ice hockey, have a significant fan base. In 2008 the ice hockey club garnered more than 1,200 fans at their first ever home games in Tupelo, MS at the BancorpSouth Arena, and followed in 2009 with nearly 5,000 in attendance for a series with Ole Miss.
Founded in 1977, the Mississippi State rugby team plays in the Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference against traditional SEC rivals such as Ole Miss. The Bulldogs are led by head coach Randy Pannell.
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