Marist intramurals have something for everyone

Marist students participate in one of the 24 sports the Marist intramural department offers. Photo courtesy Marist College.

Marist students participate in one of the 24 sports the Marist intramural department offers. Photo courtesy Marist College.

All across the country this spring, high school seniors will be playing in their final varsity contests and moving on to college, marking the end of their interscholastic athletic careers. But does it have to end their competitive careers completely?

Ryan Hoffman, a Marist College junior, was a four year member of his high school’s varsity basketball and football teams at Our Lady of Lourdes High School in Poughkeepsie.

“I loved playing sports in high school,” Hoffman said. “I knew it was something I wanted to continue in college, but I wasn’t quite good enough to play at the Division I level.”

This attitude is what led Hoffman to the intramural program once he was admitted to Marist.

“I’m real happy Marist has as good an intramural program as it does,” Hoffman said. “It allows me to play a whole bunch of different sports.”

However, despite Hoffman’s commitment to football and basketball in high school, he plays neither in the intramural program, choosing to play soccer and softball.

“I used to play intramural basketball and football, but now I find soccer and softball more fun,” Hoffman said.

Depending on who is asked fun might not be the most important part of intramurals on the Marist campus.

“For the most part it seems like the basketball intramural is more about winning than having fun,” said Kevin Condon, co-commissioner for the college’s intramural basketball league. “It’s not uncommon to see a couple fights throughout the semester or kids jumping up in each other’s faces.”

To try and combat the overall competitiveness, the Marist intramural department has created competitive and non-competitive leagues for certain sports.

“We have created what we call recreational leagues for badminton, men’s basketball and volleyball,” said Kieran Begley, the graduate assistant for Marist intramural and club sports. “There are two types of kids who play intramurals: kids who play to win and kids who play to have fun. The competitive league and the recreational league allow for both types of students.”

The creation of the recreational leagues have come from student demand, as Condon said that this year more than ever kids have asked for an alternative league.

This shift to recreational and competitive leagues is something Begley is happy he and his staff of student commissioners have started to implement because the idea is that more students will get involved.

“We think that now intramurals can become more fun,” Begley said. “Now we won’t have kids who are just trying to have fun losing by 40 points to kids who are there to win.”

Condon said that there is a good balance of competitive and recreational teams, and that a lot of teams in the recreational league wouldn’t have too much fun if they played competitively.

“Intramural sports are a great way for kids to get in shape, meet people, compete and have fun doing it,” Begley said. “Now with the two different options of leagues, we feel that Marist intramurals combines it all.”

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