Intramural indoor soccer, basketball highlight spring

BY MATT COZZI | JANUARY 19, 2010 7:30 AM

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Another semester at the UI arrives with much anticipation about intramural sports.

The spring semester consists of more than 10 team and individual events, and students may notice a lot of variety in the activities offered.

Indoor soccer and basketball will open the semester, followed by racquetball, darts, bench press, and bean bags ,among other options that Recreational Services will offer.

Both bench press and bean bags are new additions; soccer and basketball have been yearly mainstays.

“Those are our two biggest sports in the spring,” intramural sports graduate assistant Jon Randle said. “They are two or the three longest running activities. All the other ones are typical one- or two-day events.”

Indoor soccer starts the season beginning on Jan. 25, and basketball games will tip off on Jan. 31. The bench press will start on March 4, and bean bag competition will begin on April 8.

Recreational Services officials come up with the new activities.

“What we do at the end of every year is get together as a staff and talk about activities to add for the next year,” Randle said.

Other sports returning include racquetball, which will begin in the middle of February, and darts, which will launch in March. 

An intramural sport that may be relatively unknown at the UI is intramural wrestling, which will hit the mats in February. While many may be familiar with the No. 1-ranked Iowa wrestling team, students can participate in a less pressure-packed version of the sport.

Intramural wrestling, which includes weigh-ins, is a single-elimination tournament.

Students will also have the chance to participate in outdoor activities, such as softball and kickball, later during the spring months.

Freshman Charlie Planek said he plans on playing intramural softball when it begins on March 29.

“I have been playing baseball since I was 4, so I couldn’t imagine a spring without throwing the ball around,” he said. “I would be lost without it.”

Other intramural activities include 4-on-4 sand volleyball and ultimate Frisbee, which will both begin on April 17. These events are single-elimination tournaments.

Disc golf and wiffle ball round out the abundant options in April as well.

The entire array of these new intramural sports results in more student participation, freshman Al Lies said.

“It’s definitely an opportunity for people to try new things,” said Lies, who has participated in past intramural sports. “Nothing serious, but just another something that’s out there.”

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