Preparations for winter intramurals have begun on campus.

This semester, students interested in playing against each other on co-ed teams can choose from competitive or recreational volleyball, competitive or recreational basketball as well as indoor soccer, dodge ball and floor ball, all of which are recreational.

Although team registration has closed, individuals interested in playing still have a chance of joining a team. According to Greg Stewart, the Co-ordinator of Recreation & Programs on campus, students who sign up after registration are placed on a free agent team. However, placements cannot be guaranteed if the teams are already full.

Students who sign up as individuals are required to pay a registration fee of $10. Teams are required to pay $75/team and a $50 bond.

Intramurals, which are sports that individuals or teams can sign up for to play against each other, are toned down to be recreational, although they often get competitive. There are competitive teams of some sports available, although Stewart recommends having some experience in a particular sport before joining these teams as it may be difficult for newcomers to keep up.

“No experience is required,” he said. “I just recommend if you are playing competitive that you have some experience because it won’t be fun. No one will turn you down because of lack of skill. It all depends on everyone’s comfort level.”

Now in its fifth year on campus, Intramurals usually run for six to eight weeks in a semester and consist of one or two games a week, depending on the number of teams registered for a particular sport. Students can attend any of the games.

In addition to these sports, Recreation also has other events coming up this semester. Tomorrow, the 7th annual charity hockey game between Mohawk and Laurier will take place at the Civic Centre with students from both Brantford campuses playing.

There are also plans to attend a Toronto Raptors Game and a Men’s Varsity Basketball game in Hamilton in the coming months.

These events are available to all members of the student body who are interested and have the time to attend.

“We encourage students to come out,” said Stewart. “We’re very hopeful for this year. Fall [semester] was successful. We hope this term will be just as successful.”

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