In high school, everyone played sports. In college, no one is good enough to play anymore. No matter if your school is Division 1, D-2, or D-3, playing collegiate sports at any level is a huge accomplishment. Only the best of the best high school athletes go on to play college sports, which is shown on the chart below:
To sum it up, 3% of high school basketball players, 6.1% of baseball players, 11% of hockey players, 5.7% of football players, and 5.5% of baseball players play in college. For the rest of us, there is intramural (IM) sports!
Essentially every college nationwide has some form of IM sports, with most schools boasting IM leagues in every sport.
IM sports are leagues within your school that are either competitive, semi-competitive, or recreational, and are either co-ed or same-sex. Teams are usually groups of friends who sign up for a team together, or there’s also randomly assigned teams as well.
Leagues consists of around 5-10 teams, so that means there’s a lot of leagues for each sport. Most leagues have 4-6 regular season games, and then playoffs. Games are usually once a week at nighttime. In some cases every team makes the playoffs,which makes the regular season somewhat for naught, at least from a competitive standpoint. But that’s the beauty of IM sports, people are mostly looking to have a good time. No one really cares if you won the IM softball championship, other than your own team. Most people are just trying to have fun playing a sport they’ve enjoyed their entire lives, and are glad to be playing still- even though it is only IM.
The champions of a league usually get some sort of prize, such as an “IM sports champions t-shirt”, or a tiny plastic medal (that will find it’s way into your closet and never be seen again).
IM sports is a great way for a group of friends to bond, as practices and games lead to a decent amount of time spent together. If you sign-up for a randomly assigned team, it’s great way to meet new people as you have teammates who you’ve never met before.
At the end of the day, IM sports is what you make of it.
If you get a team full of all guys or girls, and sign-up for the competitive league, then you’re going to get high-quality games full of some pretty good players. If you sign-up for a co-ed league or recreational, then it’s going to be more for fun and the players won’t be as good.
Just don’t be that team that is actually really good, signs up for recreational, and wins all of their games by 50.
Check your school’s rec-center website for details on when IM sign-ups are and what not.