Ice hockey has been noticeably absent from the intramural roster
since 2009. According to assistant director of intramurals and club
sports Brennan Coon, the decision to remove ice hockey came after
some students began regularly showing up to play while intoxicated.
Coon believes that enough time has passed that students can now enjoy
the sport appropriately and without any more issues of this kind. He
also believes that it will be one of the most popular sports, expecting
a turnout of close to 150 students, or about 12 teams worth of players.
He says the “season” will go on for six or seven weeks, with two weeks
Broomball, while not as popular as ice hockey, is another favorite
intramural. While similar in many ways to hockey, broomball is played
with a rubber ball roughly the size of a soccer ball. Instead of hockey
sticks, players use a stick with a rubber triangular head akin to the shape
of a broom. Players do not use skates, so if you’re looking for the fast
pace of hockey but aren’t confident enough in your skating abilities,
broomball is a sport worth looking into.
Another sport being offered by RIT intramurals this fall is pickleball.
For those not familiar with the game, it is a racquet sport that shares
elements of badminton and tennis. It’s played on a court that has the
same dimensions of a doubles badminton court, with the same net setup
as tennis. The ball used in game is actually a whiffle ball, and players
use a hard paddle to strike it. The object of the game is similar to that of
ping-pong, and first to 11 leading by a two-point margin wins.
Registration for fall sports was Sept. 12-13, but all are still encouraged
to join. Intramurals are open to both men and women, and no
experience is necessary. It’s free, it’s fun, and it’s a great way to socialize
and pick up a new sport along the way.