Intramural and club sports are once again available for students this year.
Intramurals are recreational sports where students sign up, make teams, and play in leagues created by the Department of Recreational Sports and Wellness. These sports include typical activities like soccer and basketball as well as more unique options like pickleball or dodgeball. Registration is fairly informal and students can form teams with friends, Greek organizations, clubs and more.
Club sports offer a more traditional sports experience at a recreational level where students compete against other clubs from other colleges and universities. These require a tryout and feature basketball, football and other sports. Teams will also travel to other schools throughout the semester.
Mercer offers a plethora of options for students looking to play sports in either category. This fall semester, the Department of Recreational Sports and Wellness is offering eleven intramural sports staggered throughout the semester.
Registration for all intramural sports begins on Aug. 23. Dodgeball and ultimate frisbee are the first two sports to start play this semester. Both begin on Sept. 7 and end on Sept. 16.
Intramural sports are inclusive for all students with both male, female, and co-gender sports. Transgender students should be aware that only males may participate in a men’s league and no male may participate in a women’s league, according to the Department of Recreational Sports and Wellness’s Article 3 section 2. Open leagues are defined as same sexgender sports.
The department also stated that “transgendered participants will be handled on a case-by-case basis.”
Policies for transgender individuals may vary in club sports based on the discretion of the team president or the club league in which the team participates.
All club sports can be found on Mercer University's website. Students can register for intramural sports on imleagues.com.
Keith Holmes Jr. ‘22 is a journalism and creative writing double major who has worked with The Cluster as general staff since his Sophomore year. Keith has received Best in SNO awards for his sports articles along with years of work at Mercer’s ESPN3 branch. Keith spends his free time playing video games and writing fiction around campus.