Prior to college many students are active members of sports teams. For some, it is a dream come true to play on the collegiate level, but for those who do not get that opportunity, there is still an option: intramurals.
Nick Clifton, a senior majoring in Management Information Systems, has worked for Campus Recreation throughout his time in college. Auburn’s Campus Recreation includes intramural sports, lifetime and wellness, and a workout facility.
“We offer almost any sport one could imagine for students to play, it is really easy to get involved, and there is no fee to play,” said Clifton.
Most of the year sport registration is as easy as walking to the field house next to the women’s soccer fields. During basketball season, registration is held in the Student Activities Center. If a group of students has already compiled a team, one member from that team would need to register the team and attend the captain’s meeting to receive all of the rules. Individuals who do not have a team will be placed on a team by the Campus Recreation staff.
“I would recommend every student to get involved in intramural sports because it’s an experience that will help define their time at Auburn. Playing intramurals develops new friendships among fellow athletes and the staff,” said Clifton.
One of the many great things about Auburn is that students are highly encouraged to become active members of organizations on campus. If a student does not want to play a sport, they can learn to referee. Students are paid minimum wage based on the amount of games they referee.
“I enjoy referring games because it allows me to meet all kinds of people and is a great collegiate job,” said Clifton.
Intramural seasons last about five weeks. Throughout the season, teams compete to advance to the playoffs. Directly after the regular season, the single elimination, bracket system playoffs begin. There are four leagues: a men’s independent, a men’s fraternity, a women’s independent, and a women’s sorority league. The top two teams from each league advance to the playoffs.
“Campus Recreation is like a family because we are such a small close knit group. Intramurals allows you to have that team atmosphere because not everyone gets to play NCAA sports,” said Clifton.
Intramurals are offered in the summer for those students who reside in Auburn. Information regarding summer sports is available at the field house.
Staying active is essential in college. Schoolwork can be overwhelming at times and activities are excellent stress relievers.
“Working for Campus Recreation has made my time at Auburn worthwhile because I am able to stay active, keep my competitive edge, and create lasting friendships,” said Clifton.