A brand new school year is here, and with the first tournament of the year being held this past Wednesday, the excitement for the intramural sports season to start is the latest buzz around campus.
The Cool Arrows defeated Slap That Pass in the 7 on 7 flag football “Overtime Challenge” tournament, which comprised of teams playing a game of sudden death football against each other.
The rules were: if the first team with possession scores, the opposing team must match or beat that score in order to continue the game.
If they did not score they would lose, and if they matched their score they would start all over again and play until a winner arose.
This year’s Overtime Challenge tour- nament had its largest turnout since being implemented into the intramural sports season, with 8 teams playing and a total of 82 participants.
These 8 teams got the new school year’s intramural sports season underway, and all of them were equally matched.
Many teams were neck and neck through-
out their games, and the fans were given plenty of entertainment throughout the night because of these teams.
With the tournament being the first event of intramurals this year, there were many familiar faces among the crowd as well as a substantial amount of new ones.
When asked on how participating in intramurals could help improve the college experience for the new freshman students that came in this fall semester, Cool Arrows team captain Ruben Mendiola said, “you can make several friends while participating ei- ther by playing against them or by recruiting players for your own team”.
“[Participating in intramurals] it’s some- thing to look forward to during the week instead of always being in your dorm. It’s a great way to get out and keep busy, as well as a way to relieve some stress.”
One notable person ready to start the sea- son is Lead Supervisor Alan Alvarado, who managed the tournament from the sidelines and kept all the team’s together ready to play.
Alvarado is anticipating a max amount of teams within the leagues next semester.
“Our football leagues usually fill up to ca- pacity, and our soccer leagues usually have a
waiting list of teams hoping a spot will open up. We take pride in organizing leagues that will catch the eyes of all the students.”
Regarding keeping control of the games and the staff on board, Director of Campus Recreation Anthony Kreitzer strongly be- lieves that the season will run smoothly for all sports this year.
“I have high expectations this year. We
have six returning football officials and six returning soccer officials as well; this should bring a more consistent and enjoyable game because of our staff’s experience.”
With the conclusion of the OT challenge tournament and the end of the Labor Day weekend, the first week of the intramural season is ready to get underway.