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Luke Askew, Writer

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Intramural sports matter too, right? Of course they do – just ask the hundreds of students that participate at the University of North Dakota every year.

Intramural sports provide students and faculty with the opportunity to relive the glory days of playing their favorite sports, or even to learn how to play a new sport.

Feeling inspired by UND Hockey to throw on your own skates and see what you got? Intramurals have you covered. Did the 2018 FIFA World Cup make you want to play some soccer? There’s an intramural league for that. Think you can shoot a basketball with Steph Curry range? There’s only one way to prove it.

There’s even an intramural eSports tournament this fall (cool, right?). Registration for that tournament opens on Monday, Sept. 24 at 8 a.m.

Unfortunately, the registration window for flag football, volleyball, ball hockey and tennis (both singles and doubles) has closed. The good news is registration for basketball, curling, ice hockey (competitive and recreational), indoor soccer and racquetball (singles and doubles) opens on Monday, Oct. 1 at 8 a.m. That means you still have time to grab some friends and put a team together.

Maybe you don’t know that many people on campus yet? Intramurals are a great way to meet new people who share the same interests that you do. All you have to do is sign up as a free agent and join any team that’s looking for a little extra help. Trust me, there are always teams looking for more help.

There are mens specific, womens specific and co-ed leagues available to sign up for. There are also varying levels of competition among the leagues. If you feel like you want to be a little more competitive, sign up for the Division II or competitive leagues. If you just want to have fun competing against the UND community at a lower level, sign up for the Division III or recreational leagues.

The low-key best part of intramural sports is coming up with creative names for your teams. Call me crazy, but I think that’s insanely fun. It’s a little like coming up with fantasy football team names – it’s way more fun than it should be.

Intramural sports are a great way to stay in shape and keep in touch with the sports you fell in love with as a kid. Join the rich history of UND intramural athletics while you still have a chance. It’s worth it.

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