A look into intramurals during the winter

Ferris students compete in a Broomball contest. Winter Intramural sign-ups are drawing to a close but students can register up until Sunday, Jan. 28. Submitted Photo

Ferris prides itself on diversity and equal opportunity for its students and the same goes for the realm of sports. 

Intramurals provide students the chance to showcase their athletic ability in a much more relaxed environment. 

“My favorite part of my job is working with my staff and training them to become better officials. I also like seeing them grow and develop skills they never knew they had,” Assistant Director of Intramural and Clubs Sports Justin Harden said. “I enjoy being on the courts and the fields as well with the participants. I like knowing that students enjoy the opportunities we provide for them and that they appreciate the work we do in order to provide these opportunities of engagement.” 

For the spring semester the Ferris Recreation Center (Rec) offers 5 vs. 5 basketball, 4 vs. 4 indoor flag football, 4 vs. 4 volleyball, dodgeball, broomball, ice hockey and indoor soccer. They also offer different events including trivia night, table tennis, Euchre tournaments, March Madness Bracket Challenge, Water Olympics and billiards. 

There is no requirement per sport for teams and each team has the opportunity to pick the time slot they want to play. Due to the use of two courts, there is only four teams per division. 

Each week the teams face opponents that have signed up for the same time slot. The Rec does their best to get all teams involved even if the time slot that they wanted is full. 

“The best part of my job during the months of intramurals is that I get to meet new people every time I come into work. It’s great to be around all the students having a good time playing the sports they love,” senior Recreation Sport Office Assistant and Intramural Supervisor McKenna Vandoornik said. 

Students can get involved by going to the Rec and asking for help in setting up a team by creating an IMLeagues account. 

For anyone interested in intramural sports, it is not too late to sign up. Intramural registration for the spring semester is open until Sunday, Jan. 28 at midnight.