Downtown Sports 101: Intro to Intramurals

What is an intramural sport, you ask? Well, let me tell you. Intramural sports are ASU’s way of letting students participate in team sports without making the full-time commitment to an athletics program or judging you on your skills. You can’t be cut from an intramural team because everyone’s able to participate and it’s entirely for fun, friendly competition! Leagues and tournaments for intramural sports happen year-round, depending on the sport and season. They are a great way to meet new people, keep up or develop skills in your favorite sport and relax from the everyday stress of classes.

What sports are offered?

  • Flag football (happening right now)
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Softball

Each campus offers intramural sports, but they tend to vary. As an ASU student, you are eligible to participate on any campus in any sport (with some restrictions for Sport Clubs and Competitive Leagues, but we’ll get to that later). Pretty great, right?

GPOY circa 2010 playing flag football

Who can play?

Aside from any ASU student registered in classes, non-ASU students who pay for a membership to any of the Sun Devil Fitness Complexes, ASU alumni who have purchased a membership can all participate. YMCA members can participate on the Downtown campus only.

How are teams categorized?

Men’s, Women’s and CoRec teams are offered.

What type of teams compete? 

Competitive and recreational. Competitive teams are not allowed to participate in the recreational leagues because they are categorized by skill and to be honest, can get a little dangerous when playing against inexperienced teams. Recreational teams are for anyone and everyone who want to learn, get a good workout and make some friends. It’s basically the “we’re just here for fun” team. Sport leagues are a subcategory of the competitive league and consist of playoff tournaments with an All-University Champion at the end.

 How do you sign up? 

I just knew you’d ask! Check out the intramural website and schedules for Tempe, Poly, Downtown and West.

Now that we’ve got all the basics down, remember that you are participating at your own risk, and with great power comes great responsibility, Spiderman. Make sure you’ve got the right gear to participate and you’re ready for the level of physical activity necessary to play. With that said, bumps and bruises do happen, so make sure you know what doctor’s office your insurance takes out here, because you might end up looking like this…

The result of a 200-pound guy attempting to steal a soccer ball from me…he got my ankle instead

Have fun, Devils!

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