Intramurals offers everyone a chance to play and compete
Published: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 19:08
Whether you’re a freshman who’s new to intramural sports or a senior who’s eager for one last run with their broomball team before they graduate, Campus Recreation’s intramural sports program offers students an opportunity to play a sport in a relaxed setting. The focus is not only on competition, but also socializing and having a good time.
Designed to give the casual athlete an opportunity to compete with other students without the demands of a varsity team’s practice, UNH’s intramural sports program offers plenty of great options for students. For those who are drawn to the more recognizable sports, ice hockey, volleyball, soccer and flag football are available, as well as other similarly popular sports.
However, there are plenty of alternatives for those who are tired of the major sports. For instance, there’s inner tube basketball. It’s just what it sounds like – basketball in a pool played on in inner tubes. Futsal is similar to soccer, except it is played with a slightly heavier ball, designed to limit the amount of high bounces if played on hard surfaces. And then there’s broomball, a UNH favorite which is much like floor hockey, except it’s played while standing on ice in nothing more than a pair of sneakers.
One might not realize just how big the school’s intramural program is if they’ve never gotten involved, but there is a surprising amount of teams competing in each sport. In broomball, for example, there are sometimes up to 200 teams competing against each other. No matter how many students join, there is always room for more.
Assistant Director of Intramurals David Charette said every student passing through UNH should try broomball at least once. It’s a highly accessible sport, Charette said, partly because few have ever played it prior to coming to UNH.
“The beauty about broomball is that in general people have never played it before,” Charette said, “So you’re leveling off the playing field by putting everyone out on the ice with shoes on or sneakers on, so it’s difficult to get around.”
Charette said the program will also be bringing back plenty of its wheelchair sports, such as wheelchair handball and ultimate Frisbee.
On August 29th, Campus Recreation’s annual Fall Fest will be held, which features a kickball tournament, along with carnival style games and activities such as a zip line, a mechanical bull and an obstacle course which Charette said is similar to the popular television show Wipe Out.
For information about joining an intramural sport, visit campusrec.unh.edu/sports, where all times for registration are listed. The first sport available to register for is 11 versus 11 soccer, which opens next Thursday, August 29th, at 8 a.m.