Warsen: Rowan intramural sports are all the fun, less of the pressure

If you are athletic or play an occasional sport but don’t have the time or skills to play for the varsity team, Rowan University Intramural Sports is a great place to keep playing.

It’s easy to sign up, and even if you don’t have enough people to form a team, you’ll be placed on a team with others in the same situation.

There are 14 different intramural sports seasons or events to play in 2022-2023. There were seven in the fall and seven more that rushed in during the spring semester.

Internal sports is a great way to stay active and be part of a group at Rowan. Most events take place later in the night after classes have finished.

“It’s a fun time and the games are late at night, so you don’t really have anything to do at that time,” said Jack McGowan, a freshman finance major and player on one of Rowan’s flag football teams.

I learned about intramural sports at a young age from my father, who played basketball, football, hockey, softball, and golf at Hamilton University. I always thought it was so cool that he and his friends from his internal team have stayed together over the years and are still very close to this day.

I knew from a young age that sport at the highest level means a lot of work and is mostly unattainable. Luckily here at Rowan I can play for the love of the game and have fun on internal teams.

I knew it would be a lot of fun to play again, but what I didn’t know was that I was looking forward to my one game a week and my friends every Tuesday as much as I did.

Richard Boyle, a Rowan alumnus who has attended in-house soccer and basketball games, noted that those low-stakes games also gave him something to look forward to each week.

I immediately wanted to get into the intramural scene when I started studying at Rowan University. At first, I didn’t know anyone here except my lifelong friend Tucker Gabrich, a sophomore in physical education who was planning to play flag football this fall. We joined a random team and met some very nice people who we had a lot of fun with throughout the season.

Playing in a team full of people who didn’t know each other last year was a great experience. Being able to make new friends and build team chemistry with people who have similar interests to mine allowed me to enjoy my college experience – I even made friends with my opponents.

This is my favorite thing about intramural sports; There is no pressure from opposing teams. At the end of the day, we’re just there to have fun and do whatever sport we enjoy.

This fall, my team from last year was disbanded, so Tucker and I joined a team we became friends with last fall.

It’s even better this year because the whole team really wants to win the championship and the team spirit is great. I see my team-mates off the field very often and really enjoy spending time with them and playing football with them.

“I would recommend it because I feel like you and your friends can really connect like that. Who knows, your opponents might also be people you can befriend,” said Lloyd Wilson, a 2022 graduate.

Winter is approaching and with it comes several new intramural sports seasons to sign up for. These include a holiday basketball tournament; a bracket for mixed play and an open league. The registration deadline for the tournament is November 30th and the tournament itself will take place from December 5th to 8th.

Registration for Spring Intramural Sports Opening soon, December 4th. Indoor cricket, basketball, daytime indoor basketball, hockey, soccer, slow pitch softball and Sunday flag soccer are the seasons available in the spring. Registration for everyone begins December 4th.

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