BY KITTY WILLIAMS
Media Writing Class: May 2015
You’re new at Salve Regina University and want to be more involved in activities than you were in high school. You enjoyed band in high school so you think about joining the music ensemble, but you left your flute at home. You’ve always wanted to see what it would be like to hold a leadership position so you consider joining student government, but that would be a huge time commitment.
Those who want to find a fun way to be involved and stay in shape can look to intramural sports. Some people who join intramural sports are athletes who played the sport in high school but can’t afford the time it takes to commit to an intercollegiate sport. Others have no experience with the sport but want to give it a try anyway because it looks fun.
Salve Regina University’s intramural teams are sport teams made up of only Salve students. There are fourteen leagues offered including ultimate frisbee, tennis, basketball, and soccer. Because they are intramural and not intercollegiate, the students compete with each other within the university. They meet weekly to play games and have fun. Intramural sports are a good option for students who want to stay active but don’t have the time to commit to an intercollegiate sport.
According to Huffington Post, there are many benefits of participating in intramural sports. There are the obvious benefits such as keeping you active and healthy throughout college and meeting new people. Some other benefits include being able to try something new and reducing stress.
Like many students at Salve Regina University, Mark Letaif decided to join an intramural sport team when he arrived here in the fall. Letaif is one of the 108 students in the indoor soccer league.
Participating in intercollegiate sports would have been tough for him as a freshman biology major. Letaif enjoys participating in intramural sports. “It kept me in shape and it kept my love for soccer there,” said Letaif.
Craig O’Rourke II, Intramurals Coordinator at Salve Regina, agrees that the athletes “genuinely enjoy” participating in the intramural sports. He recommends intramural sports for the students that have no prior experience with
the sports. “We try to only offer intramural sports that you can walk in off the street and pick up,” said O’Rourke.
O’Rourke sends out a weekly report via email to all athletes and captains in order to keep them updated on scores and other information. One of the goals is to keep good communication with the athletes. This ensures that people show up to games and therefore avoid forfeits.
According to O’Rourke, attendance is vital to the success of the teams. If there is ever a tie between teams, the team with the fewer number of forfeits wins. “That’s my ultimate goal, make the leagues happen, get the games played,” said O’Rourke.
Of the fourteen intramural programs offered at Salve Regina University, the most popular intramural sports are softball and 5 v 5 men’s basketball.
Travis Pisano, a freshman at Salve Regina, participates in basketball intramurals along with volleyball and soccer. He also participates in intercollegiate soccer. He played soccer in high school and decided to continue it in college, but wanted to play basketball and volleyball for fun.
Although Pisano says that intercollegiate soccer is more difficult than intramural soccer, he says that the intramural sports are taken just as seriously as intercollegiate. “Everything is done properly,” said Pisano of intramural soccer.
Intercollegiate soccer is more time consuming because they have practices as well as games, while the intramural soccer league only meets for games.
So when you arrive on campus in the fall as a freshman, consider joining the league for a sport you never had the opportunity to play in high school. You could develop a new passion for a sport or rekindle an old one.