Intramurals: athletics for all

Students participating in an intramural volleyball game at the Ryerson Athletics Centre. Credit: Tristan Simpson

Students participating in an intramural volleyball game at the Ryerson Athletics Centre. Credit: Tristan Simpson

Ryerson’s intramural leagues are re-opening, and their co-ordinator wants students to know they don’t have to be varsity athletes to compete.

“The purpose of intramurals is for all of Ryerson to participate in sports, meet others and enjoy being active,” said Randy Pipher, Ryerson’s intramural and camps co-ordinator.

Ryerson recreation offers various levels of intramural sports leagues to Ryerson students, staff and faculty. The leagues give students the opportunity to play sports while balancing jobs and academic life.

They run in the Ryerson Recreation and Athletics Centre, the Mattamy Athletic Centre and the Quad. Students make their own teams or sign up individually, and have recreation staff put them on a squad.

Pipher said many Ryerson students don’t have time or the skill level to compete in varsity sports. According to him, intramurals continue to be a popular activity. Some intramural sports, like soccer, have 30 teams in the league. Pipher said all the soccer league spots filled up in the first two days of registration.

In order to meet student demands, Ryerson’s recreation department has increased the number of spots in its hockey league, which plays 13 regular season games before entering playoffs. Many games are played during the evening, so they don’t interfere with class time.

Since Ryerson is a commuter school, Pipher said all games end before midnight.

To keep students coming, Pipher uses a strategy that sustains league competitiveness. Every team must pay a $60 bond. The fee is returned at the end of the season. However, each time a team doesn’t play because it doesn’t have enough players, a portion of the fee is kept. The bond deters players from being absent on game day because they lose money.

It would be frustrating for a team to come, but not play because the opponent doesn’t show up, Pipher said.

All intramural leagues are closed at the moment because team have already started the regular season. Registration will re-open in the winter semester.

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