Are you ready for some football … or innertube water polo? Spring session 1 of CU intramural sports is kicking into gear, and students have until Friday to register.
Before players start lacing up their sneakers, there are a few important facts they should know.
According to CU Intramural Coordinator Annie Mulvany, over 18,000 students (75 percent male) participate in intramural sports each year, with spring being the busier session.
Mulvany said the most popular sports are basketball, soccer, hockey and broomball, so interested students should register early to make sure they get a spot.
According the CU Intramural Handbook, students may only play on one team per sport, but may play on a men’s or women’s team and a co-recreational team in the same sport. Teams are also restricted to a maximum of three club sport players per team and must play in the most competitive league.
There are four different leagues, all varying in competitiveness and skill level. Open League is for the most competitive and skilled players, while the A, B and C Leagues are less competitive and skilled, with C being the most recreational.
Katie Briley is excited for her first experience with intramurals. The freshman open option major said the team is a mix of people she knows and new people, and despite not knowing much about the sport, she thought getting involved sounded fun.
“I don’t really know much about innertube water polo, so they’ll have to teach me,” Briley said. “I’ll have people give me some pointers and then wing it.”
Depending on her experience this semester, Briley said she might play again in the fall. But next semester, she’ll play soccer, a sport with which she’s much more familiar.
Kaleb Kahssai, a sophomore studying integrative physiology, has participated in intramural basketball for three semesters, and plans to do it again this session. He said the competition is a mix of players there to have fun and some who take it pretty seriously.
“I try to have fun, but at the same time, I’m competitive, so I hate losing,” Kahssai said.
Kahssai forms his teams by calling people he knows and inviting people he’s met at the Rec Center. Players still looking for a team don’t have to fret, though. They can join the CU Intramural Free Agents group on Facebook and post in the discussion group the sport they want to play and their skill level and availability.
Mulvany said the page has been very successful this year and has over 825 members.
Once students have formed their teams, they can register and pay online using a credit card or pay with cash, check or credit card in person at the Rec Center Cashier. Teams must pay within 24 hours or they will be dropped from the league and will have to pay a $20 cancellation fee.
Teams should think carefully about who they choose as their captain. In addition to having to complete and pass a captain’s quiz before 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3 (which is necessary to compete in the tournament), the captain is also responsible for staying in contact with the Intramural Office and keeping their team in check.
Before players can compete, they must fill out and turn in their waiver form and show their Buff OneCard before each game.
After each game, officials and scorekeepers give teams sportsmanship rankings ranging from four (excellent) to zero (poor). Teams must maintain an average of a 3.0 ranking or higher to be eligible for playoffs. Unsportsmanlike conduct can also lead to a player being suspended.
Now that students are in the know, it’s time for fun. After all, the winner of the tournament in each league wins a championship t-shirt.
Games are Monday-Thursday from 4 p.m. to 11:45 p.m., some Fridays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
By Marlee Horn for the Colorado Daily