Students can exercise while having a good time with their friends through Intramural Sports.
In Intramural Sports, students and faculty can form their own teams and play against other teams from campus. All skill levels are welcome and teams are coeducational.
“You don’t have to be an all-star athlete or have played sports in high school,” said Joshua Hall, assistant director of student life, Intramural Sports and recreation. “ It’s competitive, but the main focus is to have fun.”
Intramural Sports played in the Spring are
- table tennis,
- soccer, and
- sand volleyball.
The five-on-five basketball season is first and in full swing with 10 teams participating. In March, the winning team will play against University of Central Oklahoma’s all-star intramural team.
“Intramural Sports have taken off in the past year,” said Hall. “The flag football participation has increased 50 percent and soccer by 30 percent.”
Officials plan to add ultimate Frisbee in the future.
To sign up students can go to the front desk of the Aduddell Fitness Center and pick up a team entry form. Students may sign up as late as a week before an event. If students can’t find enough people to form their own team, Hall will find them a spot.
“Sometimes the OCU Police even participate,” Hall said. “It’s a really great way to interact with other students and faculty in a non-professional environment.”
Winning teams receive intramural championship T-shirts for that sport.
Intramural Sports are a way for people who aren’t involved with the athletic department to continue sports they may have played in high school.
“I have played sports all my life and especially in high school non-stop, so coming to college, I was afraid that I wasn’t going to get that same experience,” said Ben Patterson, religion sophomore.
“It’s the most fun you will ever have playing a sport. I guarantee it. You get the exercise, intensity level and athletic atmosphere without the coach yelling at you constantly and instead have more fun.”