Intramural prepares for a new season as students form teams to compete

As the fall season kicks off later this month, intramural sports matches will kick off with a variety of activities. Intramural is a big part of Minnesota State University Mankato activities as they offer different intramural sports for students.

This coming week intramural sports will start having two categories which are solo and team. The first activity this week is NCAA Weekly Football Pick’em which will take place via ESPN. It is a special group for MSU students that requires a username and password. This activity is going to be played in the MSU field each week. The champion will receive an intramural champion jersey.

Other sports such as NFL Football, Flag Football, Team Bowling, Volleyball, Outdoor Football, Four-a-side Sand Volleyball, and Bean Bag Tournament for which registration is imminent. Students can access all information about activities for the next few weeks on the Intramural Sports Calendar which can be found on the Campus Recreation website.

Intramural benefits students in a variety of ways, allowing them to be active outside of the classroom and also fosters mental, physical, and student camaraderie. Meeting new students at MSU and being a team captain can also help build leadership and communication skills. It’s a fun activity to participate in on campus to get involved and stay active.

Most team activities begin September 19, such as flag football, softball, and slow-pitch volleyball, with outdoor football starting the week of September 26. These activities will take place from Monday to Thursday evening and weekend tournaments are to come. There are over 40 sports throughout the fall and spring semesters; many of these are team sports, but some are individual, such as singles golf, singles tennis, dodgeball tournament, and table tennis.

New students can sign up for these activities through the MSU website and typically participants play about 2-3 times a week for about 45 minutes. Generally, intramural sports take place around MSU, however, the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association hosts a regional flag football championship game each year. An MSU team came in second place last season hosted at the University of Nebraska.

Ryan Stevens, program coordinator for intramural sports, shared how easy it is to form a team “Each resident hall has its own event coordinator, talk to those event coordinators and if they have a volleyball team, see who else is interested and maybe play volleyball and it’s a way for these students to connect and play as a team,” Stevens said.

Megan Marquardt, a senior at MSU, plays volleyball in intramural sports. Marquardt started playing in her freshman year and became familiar with volleyball activities through billboards and flyers and contacted the event coordinator to register.

“I’ve met a lot of different people through the intramurals, not just your team but also the other teams you play against. It’s something to look forward to after a long day at school. I play hockey and lacrosse here, but not premier league hockey, so I still want to play sports. I’m really competitive, so I joined intramural, which is fun, competitive and active,” said said Marquardt.

Header photo: Intramural sports are a way to stay active throughout the school year and socialize with new or old friends. (Photo courtesy of Baylee Sorensen)

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