UREC & Intramural Sports ready for an exciting semester

University Recreation revamps their intramural-recreational sports for the spring semester

By Miguel Luna
On January 21, 2016

As the semester begins the University Recreation staff prepares for the spring season of intramural sports and the increase of traffic in both the weight room and fitness classes.

The UREC offers 18 intramural sports which are divided into major and minor sports.

The major sports which are basketball, flag football, softball, soccer, and volleyball, have a four week regular season. The teams are then seeded into a single elimination tournament.

The minor sports, such as disc golf, dodgeball, and tennis are composed in a double-elimination tournament.

The basketball and flag-footballs teams also have the opportunity to compete at the Regional Tournaments where the teams represent ASU. Recently, the Regional Champion co-ed flag football team of IM Legends won the 2015 Co-Rec Division National Championship on Jan. 4 at the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) National Campus Championship Series. The team claimed their third national championship among other individual awards.

The intramural sports office will introduce inner tube water polo this coming April, Reid Jackson, Manager of Intramural Sports and Camps, said.

Aaron Kenter, Manager of Aquatics/Facility Management, proposed the new sport in hopes of allowing a sport to use the aquatic facility.

“We have all these sports that utilize all of our facilities and I think Kenter’s idea is to branch out and use all of our facilities,” Mr. Jackson said.

“It’s going to be a one evening kind of tournament,” Devon Wilde, Graduate Assistant for Aquatics and Facility Management, said, “and then we’ll see how it goes.”

The intramurals office will allow the students to sign-up in mid-April for men’s, women’s and co-ed divisions with team sizes of seven to eight people, respectively. After the registration the staff will see where to go from there.

“We will give it a go and if it has great turnout it will be something that we introduce into our regular season and double-elimination,” Mr. Jackson said.

Although, the intramural sports generate a lot of student interests, the UREC also offers many other programs.

“We have a lot of fitness classes that are offered in the spring semester,” Jodi Jackson, Manager of Fitness, said. “Usually it is really busy coming back from the holidays and the fitness classes are super busy.”

The fitness classes are free for all students and need only to complete a participant info form.

A total of 19 classes are offered. Among the newest are Hip-Hop Fitness, which is a Zumba based workout, and Cycle, Core and More, which has 20 minutes of cycling, ab workouts and yoga.

“Our first priority is to strive for participant safety,” Mrs. Jackson said. “The goal we try to achieve is for students to relieve stress from classes and to be healthy and active.”

Mrs. Jackson and a few of her student fitness instructors attend the TexFIT Collegiate Fitness Conference.

The conference hosted by Texas A&M University allows universities to bring their own workouts and demonstrate them to other schools.

“From the conference we have acquired the workouts Foam and Flex Yoga, High Intensity Interval Training, and No Equipment, No Problem,” Mrs. Jackson said.

All of the classes are student-based with the fitness instructors being paid students.

“You don’t have to be into sports to participate with us. Typically, we find something each student is going to like,” Mr. Jackson said.

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