These 5 sports go a lot deeper than your standard intramurals.
College is insane, it’s ridiculous, and it’s a blast for almost too many reasons.
From being surrounded by thousands of people the same age as you to stepping out on your own for the first time, it’s almost as if the collegiate experience couldn’t get any crazier.
Well, as it turns out, it can. We all know about regular intramural sports like flag football, basketball, ultimate frisbee, etc. – but there are some wild sports springing up at colleges and universities around the world that add to the shenanigans in shining style.
Although every university doesn’t offer each of the following sports, this list should give you an idea of the crazy things that you can get into while you’re on campus.
Here are 5 intramural sports that you never knew existed:
If you go to Ohio State and have an affinity for sinking others’ boats, then Battleship just might be the sport for you. With teams of 4, teams battle each other in OSU’s McCorkle Aquatic Center in the quest for poolside domination.
Each team is equipped with a canoe and 4 buckets; the goal? Sink all enemies.
While this one’s a bit more common than OSU’s Battleship, most of us haven’t played dodgeball since the good old middle school days. Rules and game types vary from university to university, but the moral of the story is always the same: knock your opponents out of the game before they get you first. Game on.
Futsal uses a smaller, heavier soccer ball for the game.
What’s futsal? Basically, it’s a 5-on-5 soccer match with a slight catch. The ball is smaller, heavier, and the goals are only 4 feet wide. Futsal’s game speed is also ramped up with unlimited substitutes, leading to a frenzied pace that makes for a crazy game that you have to try out.
Volleyball + Raquetball = Wallyball
Wallyball is another off-the-wall (pun intended) intramural that’s gaining popularity on campuses around the world. Essentially, Wallyball is volleyball played on a racquetball court. Wall shots and rebounds are allowed, and the extra dimension adds a crazy aspect to the game.
Many universities are incorporating bouldering and rock climbing into their intramural sports. The University of Nebraska is one example, grouping the league into teams of 3. Teams must climb boulders in the fastest time possible, adding each member’s score to determine the overall team time.
After these 5 sports, just imagine what else is out there!
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College intramural sports are a fantastic way to stay fit and make friends while attending school in the United States.
But what exactly are college intramural sports and how are they different from other college sports teams? Here’s what you need to know!
What are college intramural sports?
College intramural sports are clubs that allow students to participate in a sport with their friends and fellow students. Students form their own teams and compete against one another within the school’s “intramural league.”
For example, a school may have an intramural softball league, an intramural soccer league, or even an intramural Quidditch league.
With college intramural sports, you’ll always be competing against your fellow students, not students from other schools. This makes intramural sports a great way to meet people and get involved in student life on campus.
How are intramural sports different from other college sports?
In competitive intercollegiate sports, usually called “varsity sports,” college teams compete against teams from other colleges. Varsity sports are focused on winning titles and championships, bringing recognition to the school. Unlike varsity sports, the focus in college intramural sports is not on winning games, but having a good time.
Another key difference between varsity and intramural sports is the level of skill required.
For varsity sports, students must try out to be permitted to play on the varsity team. The great thing about college intramural sports is that anyone can join, regardless of skill level. Many intramural leagues will include levels within the league, from beginner to advanced, so players are equally matched.
Varsity athletes must attend mandatory practices, play in games whenever a coach asks them to, and in general dedicate a lot of time and effort to the team. The level of commitment is significantly less in college intramural sports and it’s not a huge deal if you can’t make a game or practice session.
What types of college intramural sports are available?
Most US schools offer tons of college intramural sports.
Available sports may include soccer, basketball, volleyball, ultimate Frisbee, flag football, bocce ball, lacrosse, badminton, Frisbee golf, weight lifting, wrestling, darts, swimming and many, many more.
Every school’s offering of college intramural sports is different, so it’s best to check with the specific colleges and universities you’re interested in to find out what options they offer for intramural college sports.
What if my friends don’t want to play intramural sports with me?
Many students like to gather a group of friends and join an intramural league as a team. But if you don’t have any friends interested in starting a sports team with you, don’t worry – intramural sports are an easy way to meet new people.
At the beginning of each intramural season when teams are formed, individual students can join other teams as “free agents.” Most intramural leagues hold a free agents meeting, when all the individuals who want to join a team show up, meet the teams that have already formed, and join a team.
Making Friends, Staying Fit and Having Fun!
College intramural sports in the US are fantastic because anyone can join and there is no pressure to be a sports superstar. The focus is on making friends, staying fit and having fun – not on winning sports titles.
If you want a way to stay healthy, increase your social circle or simply have a good time, college intramural sports are a fun activity to try.
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