By Adam Dietz
The Western Michigan University Intramural sports program welcomes athletes of all levels of expertise, from record setting high school quarterbacks or people who think the Denver Nuggets were something that could be ordered off the dollar menu at McDonalds.
The collegiate way of living is always akin to good health and physical fitness, so staying active is of the utmost importance in these formidable years of college students’ lives. The program boasts 10 different sports throughout the year that typically cost $9 per participant
The fall sports available for 2013 include: softball, sand volleyball, indoor volleyball, flag football, basketball, tennis, racquetball and ice hockey.
All of the sports listed are available in three formats: men’s league, women’s league and co-recreational league, in which both sexes play together for a common cause.
The team registration process is as painless as reading this well-written article. There are essentially two options for signing a team up to play in a specific league.
The first is through the information super highway that we know as the internet. Participants can visit www.imleagues.com/wmich to make a profile for themselves and sign up their team. All players must have a profile on this website in order to take part their desired league. Once the profile has been completed, players must visit the Intramural Sports office in the 3rd floor of the Student Recreation Center and for themselves and/or their teammates.
Students can also stop by the Intramural Sports office and ask for a roster sheet that will require you to manually fill all of your players’ names, Western Identification Numbers (WIN) and email addresses.
Both registration techniques require visiting the3rd floor of the Student Recreation Center for payment as there is not yet an online payment option.
The Intramural Sports program also serves as an employer for students who are interested in working with and around sports. Each year, the program hires students to officiate sports across the spectrum. Being an official is an excellent way to stay involved in campus, make friends and earn extra spending money.
“The sports I typically need hire for are flag football, basketball, soccer, softball, volleyball and ice hockey,” said Intramural Sports Coordinator, Darren Leigh.
The current pay rate for officials is $8.22 per game for all sports except Hockey which pays $11 per game. Previous experience as an official is not a requirement, as an extensive amount of training is given to prospective officials.
“The Western Michigan University Intramural Sports program is unparalleled in its ability to enable campus involvement and entertainment,” said Leigh. “With a campus wide enrollment of 25,000 plus students, sometimes one cannot help but feel like a small tadpole in a much larger pond. The dorms and classrooms are where friendships are cultivated and intramural sports/student recreation are where they can be harvested.”
For more information on the Intramural Sports program visit the Facebook page, “WMU Intramural Sports” or on the Twitterverse @WMU_Intramurals. The Intramural Sports office is open weekdays from 1:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with abbreviated hours on the weekend once classes begin. Informational meetings and registration deadlines are fast approaching