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Sign up for intramurals; there’s something for everyone

September 11, 2019 By Sinclair Richards
Photo: Soccer players run as the sun sets.

As the fall sun sets in the background, students play a game of intramural soccer. Photo: Bryce Richter

Do you miss playing sports? Do you want to stay active? Do you like playing games with friends? 

Whether you were a four-year letterman or you gave your mind a workout during your time on chess club in high school, there’s a team for you in intramural sports.  Rec Well wants to help you build healthy habits through inclusion, education, innovation, and connection. Deadlines to sign up are close.

Here are a few things you might not know about UW’s intramural programs:

  1. You don’t need a full team to sign up. Every sport has a free agent option so you don’t need a group in order to be a part of intramural sports. Joining as a free agent is a popular option and a great way to meet new people with common interests. Once you sign up as a free agent, the Rec Well staff will pair you with a team. Whether you want to play alongside your besties, roommates, classmates, pledge class, or random strangers you can find a team. You also get to pick the day and time that works for your team. 
  2. Your options go beyond the basic sports. We have all probably bumped, set or spiked a volleyball in a gym class at one point in our life. But you probably haven’t taken to the court to play a game of glow-in-the dark volleyball. Each intramural sport has been chosen based on what students want to play; so you can toss an ultimate frisbee, serve the ball for table tennis or even hit a ball in golf scramble. 
  3. There are different levels of play within each sport. Whether you’re showing up or showing off, there’s a team for you in intramural sports. Leagues are offered and organized by gender; co-ed, women and men’s teams. Each sport has a competitive (A) and recreational (B) league. Whether you thrive off competitive play or you want to stay active there is a team for you.
  4. You’ll play on state-of-the-art facilities. The Near West Fields are home to many of the games for intramural sports. The fields are made of synthetic Ecofill turf instead of traditional grass so there are fewer cancelled games, longer seasons, and more opportunities to play. The state-of-the-art facility is illuminated with LED lights at night and fields are painted with baseball, softball, flag-football, soccer, lacrosse and rugby lines to accommodate as much play as possible. In upcoming intramural seasons The Nick, opening in early 2020, will provide even more state-of-the-art spaces for competition.

Deadlines for signing up to be involved with the intramural community are coming up quickly– so don’t miss your chance to be in the intramural movement! Most sports close their signup on September 17th. So, it’s time to flex your potential and sign up on the University Recreation & Wellbeing website.