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All-U points system meant to reward

BY KYLE SEBERT | JANUARY 21, 2010 7:30 AM

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Intramural sports are played by students each semester for competitive fun.

But many are unaware there are incentives for not only being the best but for also being involved.
The most prominent incentive could be trophies for the All-University team champions each year.

There are three categories in intramural sports — men’s, women’s, and co-recreational — with each divisional winner receiving a trophy for becoming an All-University champion.

Teams earn the title by not only winning but winning and participating in the bigger intramural sports offered throughout the year.

“The key is to do well in the big sports such as flag-football and basketball and keep the same team name as you are participating,” said Nancy Fraga, an assistant director of intramurals.

Each sport has a maximum and minimum amount of points that each team can gain, she said. Intramural sports are assigned a different point value by Recreational Services.

Fraga used the example of flag football in the fall, which can earn a squad a minimum of 50 points and upwards of 150 points if it wins a division.

A flag-football team can score 50 points even it does not perform well. However, the points add up if the team continues to succeed during the season.

Fraga said the more popular sports have the most point value. For example, if a team wanted to improve its standing in the All-University rankings, players should sign up for basketball as opposed to bowling.

Another important aspect of the All-University standings is that team members not only need to be the same for each activity, but also the team name must stay consistent.

If a team participates in every intramural sport offered but over time changes the name, the points will not count for the same team. Instead they are attached to the other team name.

All-University rankings, however, are often overlooked when teams formulate. It seems many UI students who partake in intramural sports are unaware of the system completely.

Taylor Newton was one of these uninformed participants when he began playing. Newton is a member of the co-recreational All-University points leaders URP — named because all players on the team are graduate students in urban and regional planning.

“When we started [playing], it was about getting to know people in the program and staying active.” Newton said.

When asked whether he knew anything about the All-University point system when URP started, he said none of his teammates were aware of it.

In past semesters, URP has participated in flag football, indoor soccer, basketball, bowling, darts, pool, dodge ball, volleyball, Wiffle ball, and kickball among others activities, Newton said.

It seems URP will compete just as much in the second semester, even though the team doesn’t intend on being the best.

“We plan on playing almost everything we can,” Newton said. “Not to win the championship but to have fun and stay active.”


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