It is no secret that intramural sports are a great way to get involved on campus. In the midst of 30,000-plus students, joining a recreational sports team can help you find your niche. It is easy to stick to the “normal” sports, like basketball, volleyball and flag football, but with such a wide range of sports offered through UGA’s Recreational Sports program, now is the time to step out of the box. Do you remember how fun it was to play dodgeball as a kid? Have you ever heard of Ultimate Frisbee? Or do you just want to try something completely new and unusual?
UGA students get a chance to participate in these and several more eccentric activities. One in particular is Battleship.
Intramural Battleship puts a spin on the classic board game. It is played in the Rec Pool in the Ramsey Center with four people on one team. There are four canoes, each with four buckets and a shield, and the object is to be the last ship floating.
“Battleship is unique from other IM Sports we offer because it offers students a chance to participate in a nontraditional sporting competition,” says Lakeithius Andrews, a biology major from Griffin and the supervisor/lead official for Battleship. “Because it’s not a traditional sport, the playing field is pretty even as the students attempt to make up strategies on the fly. Most just wing it and inadvertently tip their canoe. It also pits four teams against each other versus two in most competitions, so it makes things a little more interesting.”
Ramsey also gives students a chance to participate in Ultimate Frisbee. If you have seen the pick-up games in Myers Quad and wondered how to play, now is a good time to learn.
“I love it, and I love teaching people how to play,” says Josh McMains, a senior psychology major from Statesboro. “There is a concept in Ultimate Frisbee called ‘spirit of the game’ in which the games are self-refereed, so you call your own fouls and handle disputes between players. Generally people won’t act like a foul didn’t happen, like in many other sports. People are honest and always trying to make for a fun environment.”
Another sport offered through Rec Sports is Cornhole, which is played during a one-day tournament. When you think about Cornhole, you think of the casual game played in the backyard or at tailgates—with a drink in hand, vibing to your favorite music and the sweet aromas of grilled hamburgers and hotdogs. This tournament gives students the chance to turn the popular, laidback game into a full-fledge competition.
“The tournament was more intense than I expected,” says Amanda Schoon, a senior human development and family science major from Peachtree City. “We played the best-of-five games, and each game got to an even score right around 21 before someone finally won. I’d tell anyone who is interested in Cornhole to play because it’ll be fun, and you might just walk away an IM Champ.”
Rec Sports also gives you a chance to relive your childhood by joining one of three dodgeball leagues: men’s, women’s or co-rec. The games are played on the basketball courts in Ramsey and are set up where teams of eight play best-out-of-five matches. If you remember how competitive elementary school children were in a game of dodgeball, imagine how entertaining it would be to play with a group of 20-year-olds.
If these don’t interest you, there are still racquetball, a squash tournament and so much more. Sure, you can stick to the norm, but how cool would it be to say you played inner tube water polo in college? If you have the time—and the curiosity—you can take the chance to discover something new that you just might be pretty good at.