Intramural sports get started again for winter term

Interested in participating in an intramural sport this winter?

All skill levels are welcomed to sign up for intramural sports through the University of Oregon Student Recreation Center as an individual player or gather up some friends and make a team. Leagues in basketball, dodgeball, floor hockey or climbing make up the winter schedule.

“Intramural sports are a great way to stay active while it’s cold outside,” said Chase Farrell, senior digital arts major who works at the marketing department at the recreation center.

The steps to get involved are simple and easy. First, create an IMLeagues account. From there you can sign up for a sport and find teammates. Once registered it is important that you or at least one of your teammates are present for the mandatory meeting before league play begins. The meeting for basketball will be held on Jan. 13 at 5 p.m. in the Gerlinger Annex, and dodgeball will be on Jan. 15 at 5 p.m. in rec center.

If you are looking to be involved in a weekend event, you can play in a six versus six volleyball tournament on Feb. 6. A variety of tournaments are offered this winter like indoor soccer, stadium football and badminton in singles and doubles.

For the first time, inner tube water polo will be offered. It’s a one-day seven versus seven tournament on March 8 with a $10 entry fee.

“It’s good to incorporate new sports to the usual schedule. It mixes it up and appeals to a wider range of athletes,” said Shawn Newton, assistant director of Intramural Sports.

“Battleship was a big success this past fall term and will probably return for the spring,” included Newton, who is always accepting and acknowledging feedback from students. You can suggest ideas of your own by emailing Shawn Newton, visiting Esslinger Hall or tweeting @uoimsports.

Deadlines and fees vary for each sport, with basketball requiring $60 per team and stadium football requiring $45 per team. Times and locations can be found on the rec website.

Each term offers a new bunch of leagues and tournaments that are season friendly so continue to check back at the beginning of the term for something that you’ve been interested in trying out. Sports and events are located on this page.

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