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Don’t Lose Your Competitive Spirit–Bring it to Intramurals Instead

Fall Registration open now for USF intramural sports


College is a time of unique experiences and memorable moments. From studying all night in the library, to having your first deep conversation with your roommate, to hesitantly agreeing to go on a crazy adventure with your friends,  there is a long list of things that usually only happen in college. Now, imagine this: How awesome would it be if winning an intramural sports championship was added to that list? No matter what else you achieved in school, there would always be that impressive accomplishment that you could remember and brag about as you grow older. For students who hope to reach unprecedented heights and become champions, becoming involved in intramural sports is the perfect opportunity. And if you don’t win a championship in whatever sport you choose to play? No worries, the whole point of intramural sports is to have fun, meet new people, and stay active while occasionally displaying your competitive spirit.

At the University of San Francisco, a wide variety of intramural sports are offered. From badminton to basketball, and from flag football to ultimate frisbee, the program contains something for students with all types
of athletic interests. Many of the sports offer co-recreational leagues, and some offer separate leagues for women and men as well. Intramural basketball even has a league for both male graduate and undergraduate students. Furthermore, intramural sports are available for not only students, but faculty and staff as well, and it is also possible for students to be employed working with the USF Intramural Sports Program as scorekeepers or referees.

Intramural sports seasons last one semester each. Throughout the year in all sports each team is guaranteed to play all the other teams in its league. As far as the playoff format goes, each league will hold a tournament between its top four teams. The teams will be seeded from 1 to 4, with the first seed playing the fourth seed, and the second seed playing the third seed. The winners of those two matches will advance to the finals, where they will have a chance to secure an intramural championship. This championship match will be played only 30 minutes after the two playoff matches before it.

For new students who are looking to have fun playing a sport they love, or returning students who have enjoyed playing an intramural sport in the past, the time to register for intramural sports is coming soon! Registration for the fall semester opens on Friday, Aug. 16 and will close on Friday, Sept. 6 at 12:00 PM. So Dons, now is the time to gather your friends together and begin forming a team, which includes creating a goofy team name and planning as to how you will emerge from your league victorious. And if you do not yet have a team planned out, fear not, because individual sign ups will be open for an extra two weeks after the leagues start. By signing up individually, you can add yourself to a team of your choice, or choose to become a free agent, which allows other teams to pick you up if they are in need of a new player. Whatever the situation may be, intramural sports are a great way to stay in good shape during the school year through activities such as soccer, volleyball, and dodgeball. No matter what sport you participate in, or what team you end up on, these sports will create many fun-filled, unforgettable experiences that you can add to your long list of college endeavors.

Intramurals Allow Students to Play Competitively

Intramural Soccer

Dino Bichofberger kicks the ball down field as Lance Kipfer (left) and Rob Genz look on during an intramural soccer game last Saturday. (Kate Greenspan|Foghorn)

Do you love sports? Have you played sports competitively but are not talented enough or don’t have enough time to play on the school team? If you answered yes to both questions then Koret offers something that you may be interested in. For all of us that are not athletic enough or good enough to play Division One sports, Koret offers intramural athletics for nearly every sport that you can think of. Some of the intramural leagues that are offered are flag football, basketball, indoor and outdoor soccer and dodgeball. All sports are available to play in both the spring and fall semesters.

Playing intramurals is a great way to get exercise in a fun and competitive manner. If you don’t feel like running on a boring treadmill for 45 minutes, then get a group of friends, sign up an intramural team and have fun while also exercising. If you do sign up for an intramural sport and you have never played the sport before, be aware that intramurals get competitive and a lot of talented people play them. But they are fun, whether you win or not.

The variety of sports that Koret offers for intramural leagues makes it appealing to a wide range of students. You can basically play any sport. They even have dodgeball, the great elementary school pastime. There is nothing better than throwing a rubber ball as hard as you can at somebody else; it’s pure ecstasy. Besides nailing people with rubber balls, you get to relive a great childhood memory and play a game that will always be fun. If dodgeball isn’t your thing, you most certainly find a sport that you love to play.
For instance, if you have played basketball your whole life but are not good enough for the school team or don’t want to commit that amount of time to a sport then you can play intramural basketball, where the competition is intense. Basketball is definitely one of the most competitive intramural sports. I have played intramural basketball since freshman year and the level of competition is very high. Despite this, it is also fun because I get to play a sport I love with my friends.

Intramurals are also a great way to bond with friends. There is no better way to bond with someone than sports. The teamwork and trust that is involved with sports makes it almost impossible not to bond with people. But be careful, sports can ruin relationships too; just look at Shaq and Kobe. Don’t let winning ruin friendships because winning isn’t that important. Intramurals are great because they allow you to compete in a sport, get exercise and build friendships. You can also relive some childhood memories in the process. So join intramurals, get exercise and have fun while relieving stress.