Spring inpatients are here at the Rudolf Fitness Center (RFC). With popular sports like softball and basketball getting a second season and other unique options like inner tube basketball and a golf tournament, there are plenty of opportunities for students to take a break from their studies and have some fun.
This semester, the RFC offers popular sports such as softball, basketball, soccer, and volleyball. There is also indoor tube basketball, a ping pong tournament, a dodgeball tournament and a doubles and singles pickleball tournament. Rounding out the spring slate is a doubles and singles, a Super Smash Bros. tournament, and a golf tournament.
“We’re offering all the major sports twice for the first time, which is really cool,” said Tyler Seth, associate director of the RFC. “We’ve never had two basketball seasons; we have that for the first time. Softball, we have two seasons for the first time, which is great.”
This is also the first year the golf tournament is scheduled and promoted, Seth said. The venue has yet to be determined, but Seth said the RFC is working with local courses and hopes to host the tournament on a Saturday. According to IMLeagues, registration for the tournament will open in April.
The other unique addition to the Spring Inpatients is the Super Smash Bros. Tournament, a video game competition. Although it was offered during the onset of the pandemic, this is the first time it has been offered with students on campus.
With a full schedule of inpatient spring visits, the COVID-19 protocols are still in effect. According to Seth, masks will be mandatory and there will be staff to maintain masks at all participation.
“What’s it like to be in this round of COVID-19? [is] we have taken many measures to maintain social distancing,” Seth said. “We know what is allowed outside versus inside. So there aren’t a lot of new changes for this semester that we haven’t done in recent years.”
For senior Madeline Garcia, a supervisor at the RFC, inpatient gatherings provide an opportunity to connect with classmates, especially after the pandemic has halted social gatherings.
“I love the competitive aspect of course, but I also enjoy the emotional aspect of people on your team and people you interact with, just like people who play games before you, after you,” Garcia said. “With social distancing and all, and the fact that we didn’t see a lot of our classmates last year, I think that’s been a big motivator for me to do as much as possible.”
For the major sports, students can choose from three different competition levels for each sport. Boone leagues are for teams that have little to no experience with the sport and just want to play for the social and recreational aspect. Sharp competitions are for intermediate level teams. Sinto leagues are for teams that want competition at the highest level.
Team sports have women’s, men’s, and coed leagues for every level of competition.
Each league has its own regular season followed by playoffs. The winners receive the famous championship shirts.
According to Garcia, who spent three years in the RFC, basketball, volleyball and softball seem to be the most popular intramural sports. However, she recommends trying a unique sport, such as inner tube basketball.
While volleyball is already being played this month, registration for the ping pong tournament started on Wednesday. Basketball registrations begin January 31. Registration for other intramural sports opens between February and April.
Whether students are looking for a competitive outlet or a chance to socialize with fellow Zags, intramural courses offer something for everyone.
To register for intramural activities, go to IMLeagues.com and use GU credentials to create an account. From there, students can create or join teams. If you have any questions, please contact the RFC.
Claire Tollan is a staff writer.