The Intramural Sports program, a part of Recreational Services, has seen an increase in unique participants for three consecutive years, and a huge change in the program has organization leaders hoping for more.
Beginning in fall 2016, in order to be eligible to participate in Intramural Sports, students, faculty and staff of The University of Iowa must purchase an Intramural Sports membership. This $20 per semester membership allows for participation in almost every Intramural sport and event. This is a vast change from previous years, in which teams paid team registration fees, which cost as much as $100 per team, per sport.
“We really think this change is great for our participants, and our prospective participants,” said Tommy Schorer, assistant director of Recreational Services, who oversees the Intramural Sports program. “We hope that it leads to more people participating in general, and more people trying out sports and events that they wouldn’t have been a part of before. If you’ve already paid the membership fee, why not try something new?”
This exciting change for the program comes on the heels of three consecutive years in which participant numbers have increased in the program. In the 2012-2013 school year, the program served 3,999 unique participants. In the 2015-2016 school year, the program served 4,572 participants, a 14.3% increase in three years. Even more encouraging than the overall increase is the increase in the female participation, which has gone up almost 25% in that same time.
“We work hard to educate as many people as possible about the opportunities in our program, in hopes that they will be a part of it and realize one or more of the many advantages of participation in Intramural Sports,” said Schorer. “At the same time, we want to fight the stigma that Intramural Sports are just for men. Our sports and events are for all students, faculty and staff, and we hope they all feel welcome.”
To explore all the intramural opportunities for this academic year, check out the Recreational Services website.