Intramural Sports might seem like a normal sports organization on campus, which could lead to the misconception of a rigid period of try-outs and a brutal amount of practice with swearing coaches. However, Intramural Sports are more about camaraderie than competition.
What else could one expect from an organization that offers zombie dodgeball as a team sport?
While the idea of a sport called zombie dodgeball is strange, it and the other items that the Intramural Sports organization has to offer all hinge on one idea: Teamwork.
The point of Intramural Sports is not to become professional athletes; instead it pushes students on campus to either form a team with a group of friends or branch out and meet new people. Intramural Sports are a way to not only enjoy playing various sports with old and new friends, but also to have a non-stressful environment in which to do so.
Farron Fowler has been the coordinator for Intramural Sports for the Student Recreation Center since the spring 2012 semester. His job is to oversee all the facets of Intramural Sports. His job includes leading free agents’ and coaches’ meetings and training officials on the rules of the sports.
“Intramural offers you the opportunity to meet new people; that’s the number one thing,” said Fowler. “Usually (students) come with a friend and then you are added to a team of people you don’t know. So you meet new people and you’re inside the (Student Recreation Center) which is a phenomenal place of energy and excitement of the program. You get to experience a part of college that a lot of people don’t.”
Fowler also said new sports have been added this semester, with indoor soccer and zombie dodgeball being new additions to the Intramural Sports organization as well as certain sports being available for single day tournaments.
Lawrence Martinez, 18, a pre-business major, has taken part in intramural basketball since the spring 2012 semester and enjoys the competitive nature mixed with the ability to create a team full of his friends.
“You get to bond with your friends since you pick your own teams,” said Martinez. “You feel that chemistry with your friends throughout the season… It’s really just about getting along and knowing how everyone plays together.”
Even with a heavy enrollment and positive feedback from participants, some students are still unaware that Intramural Sports are available on campus. One such student was Eduardo Miranda, 26, a broadcast journalism major. This semester is Miranda’s first semester being involved in Intramural Sports, but he has hit the ground running by joining the basketball league and soccer league this semester.
“This is my first time playing intramural (sports),” said Miranda. “I didn’t even know about it. I transferred and I live in LA so I travel a lot. I really don’t know everything this school has to offer.”
This semester Intramural Sports offers basketball, softball, indoor and outdoor soccer, zombie dodgeball and flag football. There are options for coed teams as well as single gender. Tennis, racquetball, table tennis and badminton are also being offered as one-day tournaments.