Intramural basketball is all about friendly competition

Throughout the spring semester, Maryville College offered intramural basketball for men and women. Intramural sports are a good way for students to be involved in an extracurricular activity where they can also be surrounded by their friends.

Intramural basketball allows student athletes and non-student athletes alike to come together to play for fun, while also being in a competitive atmosphere.

The women’s intramural basketball games took place in the Alumni Gym every Tuesday and Thursday at 8 p.m. Chloe Boyd, freshman, feels that this opportunity brought a lot of people together, whether they were athletes or non-athletes.

“It was a lot of fun getting to meet people and be on a team with people I didn’t know. I was able to make connections with them through this experience,” Boyd said. “This did bring a lot of people together in a fun and friendly way…For people who are not athletes, and even those who are, it gives people time to just get out and have fun without any judgment.”

The men’s intramural basketball games took place every Tuesday and Thursday at 7 and 9 p.m. Alex Mase, sophomore, is a student athlete, and he feels that this was a good bonding experience.

“I enjoyed how it was a time outside of football that I could hang out and play around with my football teammates. It brought us closer together as teammates and as friends,” Mase said. “Overall, the experience of playing intramural basketball was a lot of fun, and it helped me to build lifelong relationships.”

The ability to join an intramural team and to be able to play stress-free is a good way for people to get to know other students.

Intramural basketball is all about friendly competition. It’s played in bracket style, where only the top four teams with the best records are able to make it to the playoffs, and eventually play for the championship. 

In the past, Maryville College has also offered intramural volleyball, sand volleyball, flag football, soccer, dodgeball, softball and pickleball. Other annual athletic events have included Halloween softball, faculty and staff  v.s. student basketball games, and All-Star Basketball festivals.

If there are any students who want to be involved in extracurricular athletics but do not want to participate in intramural sports, fitness classes are also offered in the Alumni Gym. The fitness classes are offered every Thursday from 7 to 7:50 a.m. 

Alex Slocum is the Associate Athletic Director for Facilities, Game Operations and Campus Recreation. For any questions or concerns about joining any intramural sports or fitness classes on campus, contact him by phone at (865) 981-8392 or by email at [email protected].

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