Intramural Sports

The only time a team called the Your Moms can win the championship of anything

It takes years of training and a boatload of natural talent to become a collegiate athlete. No matter how much you want to play for your school, the simple fact is that most students aren’t cut out for Division I play. This is why intramural sports were created.

Some students get the impression that intramural sports are designed specifically for jocks. This is far from true. While jocks may sign up for intramurals, they usually stick to the most competitive sports (like basketball and football). Most schools also offer fringe sports that appeal to non-jocks, like table tennis, fencing and even chess. All you need to play intramural sports is the desire to have fun. Skill is far from essential.

Some colleges offer intramurals for free, while others charge a small fee. Games are usually played on weeknights, so they don’t interfere with classes or weekend festivities.

Common Intramural Sports

The hardest thing about intramural sports isn’t the game itself; it’s deciding what game to play. Some schools offer as many as 80 different options. Some of the most popular intramural sports include:

  • Basketball
  • Touch or flag football
  • Softball
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Floor hockey
  • Badminton
  • Squash

Once you pick a sport to play, you may have to decide whether you want to play in a co-ed league. Keep in mind that single-gender leagues (particularly all-male leagues) are usually quite a bit more physical and competitive than co-ed leagues.

Benefits

Playing an intramural sport is good for your body and for your mind. Not only will the exercise help you tone your muscles and lose weight, but it can also relieve stress. Plus, who can put a value on how great you’ll feel when you get to wear your Intramural Champions T-shirt around campus?

Intramurals are also a great way to meet new people. You may even find a future romantic partner in one of your teammates. After all, is there a better time to evaluate the attractiveness of someone than when they are covered in sweat and racing down a muddy field to score the winning touchdown? Didn’t think so.

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