5 Reasons to Join an Intramural Sports Team in College

Intramurals are often low-stress and high-reward

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Many campuses have intramural sports teams — teams that aren't eligible for athletic scholarships, aren't as competitive as other sports on campus and generally take anyone who wants to join. Like many co-curricular activities, joining an intramural team can take a lot of time and energy — something that tends to be in short supply for busy college students — but if it's something you think you'd enjoy, it very well could be worth the commitment: A variety of studies have found there are great benefits to playing intramural sports.

 

1. Intramurals Are an Amazing Stress Reliever

You'll have no shortage of stress in college: exams, group projects, roommate drama, computer problems — you name it. With all that going on, it's sometimes hard to fit fun into your calendar. Because intramural competitions have a set schedule, you're practically forced to set aside time to run around with your friends. Even for the most intense of intramural players, a little friendly competition should be a nice change of pace from the classroom and assignment deadlines.

2. They Provide Great Exercise

While most college students would like to go to the gym on a regular basis, few actually do. With a predetermined time already in your schedule, your workout is more likely to happen. You're also held accountable to show up by your teammates. In addition, the time will pass quicker than if you were alone in the gym. And you know that feeling when you're working out and you just want to cut the gym session short?

You can't quite do that during a game. Team sports are a great way to push yourself — that can be hard to do when you're working out alone. 

3. They're a Great Way to Meet People

You may be getting used to seeing similar people in the courses for your major, in your residence hall or at the events you go to on campus.

Intramurals can be a great way to meet students that you may not otherwise run into. In fact, you don't necessarily need to know anyone to join an intramural team, so signing up can quickly expand your social circle.

4. There Can Be Leadership Opportunities

Every team needs a captain, right? If you're looking to build your resume or test out your leadership skills, intramural teams can be a great place to start.

5. It's One of the Few Things You'll Do Just for Fun

A lot of things you do in college probably have very specific goals and purposes: taking a class to meet a requirement, doing an assignment to get good grades, working to pay for school, etc. But you don't need to assign a purpose to intramural sports. After all, it's flag football — you're not making a career out of it. Join a team because it'll be fun. Go out and play just because you can.

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