For UNC students looking for an easy way to stay active, UNC Campus Recreation offers intramural sports for all skill levels – no prior experience is needed.
Registration for various intramural sports will be open throughout the fall and spring semesters. Students can sign up individually on the Campus Rec website with their roommates and friends as a team. If students sign up as individuals they can join as a “free agent” and Campus Rec will help them get placed on a team.
Basketball, soccer, tennis, sit-down volleyball, ultimate frisbee, 4v4 flag football, unified sports, sand volleyball, Super Smash Brothers, Spikeball and NBA 2k are just some of the offerings. For students around this summer, Campus Rec is organizing Spikeball, pickleball, and sand volleyball.
“We want people to try something new and maybe they’re good at it,” Tori Hooker, the senior assistant director of the sports program at UNC Campus Recreation said. “At the end of the day, if they’re having fun and meeting people and staying active, that’s what we want them to do.”
Rising junior Andrew Zadrozny said it takes less than five minutes to sign up online to play a sport through Campus Rec.
Zadrozny participated in indoor and outdoor volleyball, battleship, Rolleo, tennis and soccer last year. While he was new to sports like volleyball, he also used intramurals as a way to continue competing in sports he played in high school, such as soccer. As a member of the soccer team Mad Dogs FC, Zadrozny won an intramural championship this past year.
“We had hype videos and an Instagram page,” Zadrozny said. “At the finals we had like 100 people watching, so it was a great experience overall.”
Campus Rec offers two levels of competition. For sports such as soccer, flag football and basketball, it has a competitive league that is designed for people that have previous experience and want to compete at a higher level. There is also a recreational option for people that want to try out a sport or play casually to stay active.
“Competitively, there’s a lot of good players,” Zadrozny said. “UNC is a school where a lot of people were great athletes in high school, but chose not to pursue it in college, or maybe don’t want to play club sports.”