As campus activities return to some level of normalcy this fall, students are able to get back in the groove of school. While school comes with its usual stress-inducing classes and homework, extracurriculars are also back to relieve students of this pressure.
Matt Teague, a senior majoring in kinesiology, prefers intramural soccer over the club team and referees when he isn’t playing. Teague plays on two teams, referees and is also one of two sport leads that manage the soccer sector of intramurals.
“It’s a fun way to stay involved with the sport while also not having to stick to a heavy commitment like a club team. For every team, games are scheduled once a week so students who have heavy time commitments can still participate, and people who like soccer and want to stay involved can get paid to ref games,” Teague explained.
The intramural outdoor soccer registration opened August 25 and the season started shortly after. Any undergraduate or graduate students are eligible to participate in intramural sports. Within each sport, participants can be on a single-gender team or a fraternity/sorority team, a CoRec team, or both. Only the top two teams in a division with a sportsmanship rating of at least 2.5 get to play in the playoff rounds.
Teague described what goes into a team’s sportsmanship rating, “They start with a max of four and they get docked points if they get a yellow or red card in soccer, or a technical foul in basketball.”
In addition to being a stress reliever, Teague said that being in a leadership position for intramural sports helped him gain organizational and communication skills too.
“Communicating with players as well as other referees is essential, and being a figure of authority on the field helps develop communication,” he started, “And we have to manage games and keep players under control with our calls, so game management helps us develop conflict resolution skills as well.”
The soccer season comes to a close at the end of October, just as indoor soccer begins to pick up. Teague also plans to play and referee for intramural volleyball games.
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