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Get Involved: Intramural and Club Sports on Campus at the U

Flag Football, Sand Volleyball, Outdoor Soccer, and Ultimate Frisbee are some of the sports held every semester at the University of Utah.
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Lacrosse at University of Utah Soccer Field (Photo Courtesy of Ali Eminov | Flickr).

 

As the Fall 2023 semester begins, thousands of students are set to join campus, many of them for the first time. Getting involved and engaged with the campus community can feel daunting with all of the opportunities the U has to offer. However, as the weather starts to turn and the blaring heat begins to subside, finding a new group is easier than ever with the help of Campus Recreation Services. With plenty of intramural and club sports held every semester, CRS has options for any skill level, making for an active and engaging school year.

Intramural Sports

If you are just starting out in the athletic world and are looking for an activity that is a bit more laid back, an intramural league could be the right fit. Intramural sports are similar to club sports in most regards, though they tend to run less intense programs, making them more manageable for the average freshman student. Some sports have only one or two nights of play each week, which adds flexibility for participants.

Here at the U, Campus Recreation Services currently has four leagues slated to begin for the Fall 2023 semester: Flag Football, Sand Volleyball, Outdoor Soccer, and Ultimate Frisbee. No previous experience or skill level is necessary to sign up for any intramural sport — it’s all about learning and meeting fellow students. Any participant wishing to join one of the leagues above is able to sign up and register until September 1st.

However, maybe you have an interest in intramurals but aren’t ready to commit yourself to a team quite yet. If so, there is also an opportunity to join the CRS team as an intramural official. As per intramural rules, no prior knowledge of any sport is required. Sign up and you will receive the training you need.

Club Sports

On the other hand, perhaps the laid-back style of intramural leagues doesn’t sound thrilling enough. If you are looking for an activity with a little more intensity, club sports may be the right fit. Campus Recreation also has a wider range of options, with clubs for almost anything from Marksmanship to Disc Golf. They’ve also got a slew of the more well-known sports, including Ice Hockey, Track & Field, and Water Polo. Some clubs may require more skill than others, although many of them are open to all skill groups.

Club sports additionally compete in local and often national tournaments, which may require supplementary practice times and travel to competitions. But don’t let this added intensity scare you, being part of a team and growing your skills together has the potential to be a rewarding college experience.

Whether you are simply in search of an activity to be a part of on campus, or looking to be a part of the next champion club team, intramural sports and club teams have a group for almost any interest. Sports are being held all year round, so find a time that is right for you and get involved! For any questions you may have, visit campusrec.utah.edu.

 

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Abbey Thomas, Assistant Sports Editor
Abbey Thomas started at the Daily Utah Chronicle in the fall of 2022 as a Sports Writer and is now Assistant Sports Editor for the desk. She is currently studying Cultural Anthropology with a minor in history and hopes to pursue medicine one day. Abbey is a die-hard fan of Real Salt Lake and Manchester City, and loves to travel and practice photography in her free time!

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