Beginning with a modified version of kickball this month, the St. Mary’s Intramural Sports are officially starting their sports-spanning season, representing the College’s values of good sportsmanship, earning free stuff, and having a fun time.
Intramurals has risen in popularity over the past few years, gaining enrollment from its true beginnings in the 1990s for offering a wide range of activities representative of the College’s diversity of ideas and interests. From volleyball, to five-kilometer Turkey Races, Intramurals has several programs in which students can engage, whether or not they are competitive in the activity. With the varying levels of complexity, small time commitments, and mostly evening times, the activities fit the needs of a wide range of students and faculty.
Intramurals is beginning the Fall of 2010-2011 with Matball, an alternative form of volleyball played inside the Michael P. O’Brien Athletics and Recreation Center basketball courts. Students and faculty members can form teams by sending in rosters to Intramurals@smcm.edu, or by posting on the St. Mary’s Intramurals Facebook page.
The organization itself is making a few changes for this year, including a transition from three-week leagues to smaller events to better adjust for student time commitments and activity feasibility.
“We’re planning on short, weekend-long events,” said Brooke Austin, a senior supervisor of St. Mary’s College of Maryland Intramural Sports, “to get a lot of people participating and having fun.”
To aid in student participation, Intramurals is still offering recreational and competitive leagues for sports-related events, offering a chance for novice players and experienced athletes to both enjoy the activities. While College athletes cannot compete in the recreational league of their sport, novice players are free to play in either league for the winning prize.
“[The events are] not intimidating,” said Caitlin Kennedy, a sophomore supervisor with Intramurals. “You don’t have to be good.”
While t-shirts with the year’s Intramurals theme are given to the winning teams of the event, be they competitive or recreational leagues, Austin has also mentioned “a new incentive” for this year’s Matball winners. Other confidential information, including this year’s theme, will be posted on the Intramurals bulletin board in the ARC and announced during this year’s events.
Some returning events for the club include dodgeball, floor hockey, badminton, and, of course, Capture the Flag, which has boosted the popularity of Intramurals over the past few years with consistently high turnout rates.
“So many people love playing intramurals,” said Jackie Reymann, a junior supervisor with Intramurals. “And, you can join [the event] without a team. We’re on Facebook, so you can join as a friend to find a team.”
Upcoming events include this September’s Matball league and Capture the Flag, which will be on Oct. 1.