As temperatures climb, the snow melts and students finally see the return of the sun, many are looking forward to doing more and more outside. Athletic Facility Director Allison Fredin has organized two new intramural leagues to help students get off the couch and get outside. The two new leagues are a yard games league and a running/walking league.
The yard games league will feature beanbag toss, ladder ball, horseshoe, Kan Jam and giant Jenga. The league will play 6-9 p.m. Tuesday nights for five weeks with a different game being played each week.
Teams will consist of two players and can be either be two girls, two boys or co-ed. All of the yard games, except horseshoes, will be played on the west end of the campus green. Horseshoes will be played at Vet’s Park.
The league teams will play each other in a round- robin style. At the end of the five weeks, the top-ranked teams will play in a single elimination tournament. The post-season tournament game that teams will play against each other will be drawn from a hat. The winners will receive an intramural champion T-shirt.
Fredin hopes the yard games get students of all interests involved with intramurals.
“I’ve been trying to think outside of the box and be creative in the leagues that I offer in order to get as many different students involved as possible,” Fredin said. “I understand that football and basketball don’t appeal to everyone, so these sports appeal to different students to get together and do something.”
Another new intramural is a running/walking league. Fredin said she created this league to encourage students to be active and get outside while simultaneously providing motivation and incentives to do so.
Two different divisions within the running/walking league will be available. League A is competitive, and League B is recreational. Teams will also consist of two players. Each division will have two winning teams in each division: winner for greatest distance covered throughout the course of the league, and another for the fastest timed mile. The winners will also receive an intramural champion T-shirt.
No set evening has been scheduled for the running/walking league to meet; rather students will walk and run on their own time. Fredin said students will keep track of their own times and distances they walk or run. Fredin will post different routes for students to walk or run each week. Teams may choose to walk/run the given routes, create their own or use the RSC’s indoor track.
“This league gives meaning and purpose to getting outside and moving around,” Fredin said.
Students can sign up for one or both of these leagues on IMleagues.com. The Facebook page, NWC RecSports, will be regularly updated with the latest intramural information.