It doesn’t matter if you’re good at sports or not — Augusta University’s Campus Recreation just wants you to come out, meet some new people and have a good time.
As another school year starts, so does the Intramural Sports season. Sign-ups are ongoing for men’s and women’s flag football. Volleyball registration begins Aug. 21, with those three seasons scheduled to begin in September.
“We offer Intramural Sports as a way for students to engage, make friends and stay active,” said Patsy Davis, Interim Director of Campus Recreation, who also noted there is no cost to participate. “We try to offer a variety of intramural sports to encourage students to sign up and play.”
Davis said 47% of participation in Intramural Sports last year was from graduate students. She said they have seen a good response from undergraduates, and she wants to encourage the new freshmen and transfer to participate.
Lorenzo Rodgers, who is in his first full week as Intramural Sports graduate assistant, has been looking at the fall schedule for opportunities to add sports or host one-day tournaments. Currently, they are planning a one-day dodgeball tournament Aug. 28.
“We’re just looking for ways to get the word out, get them involved, be more hands on and let them experience what Campus Recreation is all about instead of just talking about it,” Rodgers said.
Rodgers used to participate in Intramural Sports at Florida Gulf Coast University and said it was a good outlet during an otherwise busy part of college life.
“Most of the time this is something for students to do outside of the classroom,” he said. “I was able to meet a lot of new people and create relationships. And for all of those that want to stay active, it’s the perfect way to stay competitive. For those that played high school sports but didn’t want to make that commitment to play college sports, they can still go out and compete in the sports they love to play.”
E-sports is also being offered, with an NBA 2K20 tournament scheduled for Oct. 1. Rodgers is not ruling out a possible Madden or FIFA tournament down the road but said he’d have to wait to see after he gets more acclimated to Augusta University.
Davis and Rodgers are committed to the sports they have scheduled; however, they welcome feedback about games students like to play or would possibly like to see introduced down the road. Either way, both want students to ignore one misconception of intramural sports: you don’t have to be great at sports to play.
“It is really relaxed and a lot less competitive than people think,” Davis said.
“The great thing about intramurals is it doesn’t matter,” Rodgers added. “We don’t have tryouts … there’s not a standard for the level of play to participate. It’s our job to create an atmosphere for people to escape for an hour or two, and forget about everything else and come and have fun.”
An informational meeting is scheduled from 6-7 p.m. Aug. 22 in room DA2001, which is located in the Student Wellness Center.