CU students prepare for another semester of intramurals
Every semester, thousands of students at the University of Colorado bring their skills and emotions to the table when they participate in intramural sports, and this fall is no exception.
CU intramural coordinator Annie Mulvany said that some sports are more popular among the students than others.
“In the fall season basketball, flag football, soccer and dodgeball are definitely the most popular sports,” Mulvany said.
However, these aren’t the only sports available at CU, as students can participate in ice hockey, inner tube water polo, ultimate Frisbee and volleyball. Games are played once a week, making game day an exciting time.
Sophomore open option major Danny Qiu, an intramural flag football champion, said he enjoys the once a week schedule.
“I like days when I have a game because it’s only once a week,” Qiu said. “It’s not like high school where you have practice and then games. This is once a week, so you have to go all out.”
While many of the 16,000 students who participate in these extracurricular activities share this mindset, many others also use intramurals to get away from school.
“Intramurals are a good way to have fun with friends,” Mulvany said. “It’s relaxing and it helps take your mind off school.”
Senior integrative physiology major William Lyons said he agrees.
“I love playing intramural sports because it gives my mind a break from all the stress of classes, and it’s good for my social bond,” Lyons said. “And of course I want the free t-shirt.”
Lyons has participated in volleyball, flag football, basketball, ultimate Frisbee, and dodgeball, where he said he won once.
When signing up for intramurals, students can choose which division of competition they want to play in, with different divisions varying according to sport.
Basketball, for example, has an open league that is very serious, but also has a C league, which is for more beginners or students just wanting to have fun. So even if students are just in a sport just for fun, there is a league for them.
It is a very simple process to create and sign up a team. The intramural office is located in the Rec Center to the left of the basketball courts, and they have forms in the office for every sport.
“First, you need to create a team with friends, classmates or people off the free agent list,” Mulvany said. “Then, you just need to pick up a registration form, fill it out and bring it back between Sept. 2 and Sept. 4.”
Games start on Sunday, Sept. 7.
Contact CU Independent Staff Writer Ryan Atherton at Ryan.Atherton@colorado.edu