JMU Named Top College for Intramural Sports
BestColleges.com recently named their "Top Colleges with the Best Intramural Sports Programs" and James Madison University was named to the list.
The article includes, "James Madison University provides students with access to individual intramural sports as well as team intramural sports. Students pursuing their degrees have the opportunity to participate in athletic activities like volleyball, ultimate lacrosse, and field hockey as well as numerous other types of games. Being able to be physically active inside a safe environment with other students is one of the benefits of being a student at James Madison University."
In the 2012-13 academic year, over 30% of the JMU student body participated in UREC Intramural Sports. 3, 871 games were played at JMU in one school year! With over 194 divisions offered in 22 sports, there is something for every student. Two full-time staff members and a graduate assistant oversee the program, which also offers employment and leadership opportunities for students on campus.
UREC's Assistant Director for Intramural Sports and Special Events, Aaron Combs, believes that "Students can learn many important lessons by participating in Intramural Sports, including teamwork, communication skills, but most importantly, sportsmanship. Our staff meets individually with any student ejected from a game to reflect and learn from the experience."
The 2013-14 academic year will be an exciting one for the program. A new and improved registration and team-management program was implemented this Summer, IMLeagues.com, spearheaded by Kelli Peterson, UREC Coordinator for Intramural Sports and Special Events.
Students, faculty and staff interested in playing Intramural Sports in the Fall need to get started early this year, as there will be one major registration period, August 26 - September 5, 2013. The following sports will be open for registration: 3-on-3 Outdoor Basketball, Boccer, Field Hockey, 7-on-7 Flag Football, Floor Hockey, Outdoor Grass Soccer, Outdoor Turf Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, and Whiffleball!