Intramurals gear up for 2010-2011 school year

Anyone from freshmen living in the dorms to seniors who commute to campus can take part in intramurals to stay active, have fun and meet new people.
Assistant Director of Intramural Sports Josh Riley said the easiest way for freshmen to get involved is to talk to their resident advisers.
“If students live in a residence hall, they need to talk to their RA because we work with them directly to get people involved,” Riley said.
Each residence hall forms a team and anyone who lives in that residence hall can sign up and be a part of the team.
If you don’t live on campus, however, Riley said the doors to the intramural office in the HPER Center are always open and they look forward to having people come sign up to participate.
“Any student can come to the office and sign up and ask us questions,” he said.
Sororities, fraternities, residence halls and other organizations form teams but Riley said even if you aren’t a part of an organization you are still able to participate in intramurals.
“We have free agent books for every sport where anyone can sign up as a free agent and teams who need more people come and look at the list and call people to join their team,” Riley said.
Riley said about 6,000 people participated in intramurals last year.
“Intramurals are a great way to meet a ton of new people. So many people are out there just playing and having a great time. It’s an awesome way to make a ton of new friends,” he said.
Riley said the most popular intramural sport is flag football, but soccer has been growing more popular over the last couple of years and is almost as popular. He said softball and basketball are also very popular and have a lot of teams participate.
Intramural sports scheduled for this fall include cross country, tennis, flag football, ultimate Frisbee, soccer, 3-on-3 basketball, bowling, badminton and table tennis.
Junior Chloe Battistone played intramural volleyball with her sorority and said it is a great way to enjoy exercising, build community and learn teamwork.
“Intramurals are a great way to meet people, especially for freshmen, because it gives them something to do,” Battistone said. “As a freshman you either come to college not knowing very many people or you come having a lot of friends from high school, but either way, it’s important to expand your circle of friends and intramurals helps do that.”
Battistone said some teams are extremely competitive and focus on winning but other teams are more interested in having fun rather than winning, so whether you are looking to participate in competitive sports, or just want to get out and have fun, there is a place for each student in intramurals.
Additional information or questions concerning intramural sports can be answered at the Intramural Office in room 201 in the HPER Center or by calling 450-5802.

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