Intramurals kick off fall season

By Matthew Ward

The Cal Poly Intramural league officially kicked off its fall
season Oct. 19.

Unlike traditional leagues, Intramurals offer students a
stress-free alternative to competitive sports.

Students, looking for a way to vent that gung ho spirit may be
surprised to find a place to do it right here on campus.

This fall quarter Campus Recreation will offer Intramural
competitions in flag football, outdoor soccer, volleyball,
dodgeball and even a Madden 2010 video-game tournament (for the
couch potatoes).

Flag Football is still the most popular sport, with 45 teams
competing this fall quarter. Some league teams consist of both men
and women.

“I think it’s a new and exciting way to play a great game” said
third-year Sociology student Jenifer Chang.

“Traditionally, women aren’t allowed to play football, but flag
football opens up the game to a whole new audience.”

Apart from just blowing off a little steam, Intramurals can be
the perfect medium for students looking to switch up their daily
routine.

The commitment and responsibilities usually associated with
joining a Cal Poly sports team, takes a backseat to purely having a
good time.

“Being a former collegiate athlete and having played several
Intramural sports I can speak from both sides of the table,” said
Andrew Reddish, Cal Poly’s campus recreation assistant.

“Intramural Sports offer a less strenuous environment. The
beauty of Intramurals is that practices aren’t required andpeople
are just out there to have fun. We offer a competitive outlet for
students, faculty, staff and alumni who want to have fun with their
friends and are guaranteed to make new ones,” he said.

Games are primarily played in the evening in order to minimize
conflicts with class schedules.

Occasionally matches or practices are held on the weekend if the
situation calls for it.

At the very heart of each team lies a well-rounded captain
working to facilitate the fun.

“I have the responsibilities of basically organizing the team
players, schedule practices and making sure everyone has fun and no
one gets too intense,” said fourth-year Mechanical Engineering
student and MASA USA Soccer Captain Luis Martinez.

“MASA USA is just thankful that recreational sports give us the
opportunity to create a sense of community with our fellow college
peers.

For some of us this is the only opportunity to meet people from
Greek Life, Clubs and Organizations.

MASA USA enjoys the camaraderie, the physical activity, and
having a good time, winning is just the icing on the cake,”
Martinez said.

Most leagues have already begun, with the exception of the
dodgeball and Madden 2010 tournaments.

Campus Recreation also offers students a unique opportunity for
students to mediate matches for $10 per hour.

Training is provided but students should be prepared to have (at
the very least) basic knowledge of the sport they are interested in
officiating.

The Intramural game schedules can be picked up in the Campus
Recreation office at the far end of the Bronco Student Center. They
are free of charge and constantly updated to reflect changes
made.

Matches are held every week on campus until the fall quarter
ends.

Winners of each league, receive a champions T-shirt for their
effort and participation.

The real prize it seems is not winning the actual tournament
itself, but the memories made with friends and rivals alike.

Reach Matthew Ward at: news@thepolypost.com

Intramurals kick off fall season

Roland Tran/Poly Post

Intramurals kick off fall season

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