Intramural sports, also known as IMs, have a great place in Trinity history. From NCAA athletes to the least athletic among us, Trinity students can enjoy the wide variety of IMs offered.
â€œNo skill is required and only a great attitude is needed,â€ said Kristen Harrison, Recreational Sports director. â€œEveryoneâ€™s out there for fun and competing to win that intramural t-shirt at the end of the semester.â€
Hereâ€™s a quick look at this seasonâ€™s line up of intramural leagues, including an inside scoop on each from Harrison herself. The best team names were decided by the author and reflect her personal opinion.
Location: Websterâ€™s Gym
Gameplay: Teams are restricted to one side of the court, from which they must eliminate members of the other team by hitting them with 6â€“7 inch diameter foam balls. Games are five minutes long and the first team to win three games wins. â€œThe fun part is when we get down towards the end of the game,â€ Harrison said. â€œIf thereâ€™s 30 seconds left in the game, there are no boundaries.â€
Best team name: Schweddy (Dodge) Balls
Inside Scoop: â€œEveryone just enjoys playing cause theyâ€™re reminiscing about their elementary school days and how much fun they used to have when they were kids and they still want to have that joy and take a break from studying and classes,â€ Harrison said. â€œItâ€™s just reliving the glory days of elementary school.â€
Location: Intramural Field
Gameplay: A typical game of soccer, but with fewer players, smaller nets and a smaller field.
Best team name: Scrappy Casual
Inside Scoop: â€œWe adjust it to how many players show up just â€˜cause we want to have games,â€ Harrison said, â€œTypically weâ€™d like to have 7-on-7, but if teams have eight or nine players weâ€™ll allow them to play with less, sometimes even 4-on-4.â€
Slow Pitch Softball
Location: Softball Field
Gameplay: A typical game of softball, but the ball is pitched much slower.
Best team name: Basic Pitches
Inside Scoop: â€œ[Intramural] softball has always been a tradition at Trinity. It kind of went on a little bit of a hiatus, I guess, so we brought it back as a tournament last year. It was very popular for those two days that we had it so we decided to try and make it an actual league and we have eight teams signed up,â€ Harrison said.
Throughout the semester, Recreational Sports is also offering one-day tournaments for ping pong, pickleball and yard games, and also hosted the Turkey Trot this past Thursday, on Nov. 16.
IMs are a fun way for students to participate in sporting events without the pressure of club and NCAA teams. Follow IM Sports on Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram for more updates â€” or just to see all the funny names of the teams.