Looking to be active and make friends? Even if varsity collegiate sports aren’t for you, intramural and club teams can keep you involved in your favorite sports while providing social perks as well.
Working exercise into your weekly routine is good for your body as well as your mind. Regular sweat sessions lower stress levels, improve concentration, and increase your energy. In a recent Student Health 101 survey, 75 percent of respondents said that “fun” was the number-one reason they joined a team. Sports facilitate bonding, and give you the chance to play, literally! Everyone needs to share the uninhibited part of his or her personality; when you’re relaxed, it’s easier to make and deepen friendships.
Intramural and club sports are especially helpful for new students, and are also great for older students. Albert R., a student in New York, notes, “Sports can help build chemistry with people, especially [when you do] something memorable or trip and fall and look like an idiot, but it’s hilarious.”
Club and intramural sports offer a good environment for friendly competition and trying a new sport. These teams are open to people of all levels of athletic ability; most participants are just looking to play a sport they enjoy.
Whether you’re a superstar athlete or a newbie, you’ll find fun and camaraderie on an intramural or club team. Emily S., a third-year student at Madison Area Technical College in Wisconsin, shares, “I enjoy the exercise, boost of confidence, social connection, and stress relief, not to mention they’re fun.”
More Reasons to Join a Team
- New in town? Look for sports clubs and leagues for community members. These can be a great way to make new friends in a new place!
- Many campus teams travel to other schools for games, offering the chance to meet students outside your usual circle.
- Check out sports and activities beyond the typical lineup: bowling, rugby, ultimate Frisbee®, broomball, or even Quidditch!
- Some campuses open intramurals to staff and faculty, too. This can present a great opportunity to interact with professors in a low-pressure environment.
- Not finding your sport of choice? Start a team! You’ll develop leadership skills while meeting new people and letting off steam.
Get help or find out more
National Intramural-Recreation Sports Association
World Adult Kickball Association
International Quidditch Association
USA Ultimate (Ultimate Frisbee®)