By Brandon Roberts/Sports writer

Intramural sports are very popular among the student body here at Eastern. This semester, intramurals are free to play, which will undoubtedly make the popularity of intramural sports increase dramatically. The intramural programs are overseen by the department of campus recreation and offer a wide array of sports programs for all Eastern students. Some of these sports include contests, leagues and tournaments that allow students to compete on a team as well as an individual basis.

The regulations for intramural sports, according to their Web site, are as follows: Each team captain or intramural representative is responsible for forming their own men’s, women’s or co-rec team. Entry forms will be available online or in the new fitness and wellness center. All leagues and events will take place Monday-Thursday. Attend the team captain’s meeting to get your team’s schedule.

Josh Thomas has participated in intramural football, basketball and softball for the past few years. Thomas, 21, is a psychology major who feels there are a lot of positives to intramural sports.

“It gives us something to do besides study,” Thomas said. “It helps releive stress through competition.

A free agent list is located in the fitness and wellness center, which allows teams to pick names and form a team for the major sports, which are flag football, soccer, volleyball, basketball and softball.

Individuals without a team may sign up to participate in a league. Captains of teams who need players can select players from this list to make up their team, or the intramural office will create teams from players on the list if there is enough. A name being on the list does not guarantee placement on a team.

The first two sports to get underway this semester will be flag football and a four-man golf scramble. The football season will begin Sept. 13, and the golf scramble will take place Sept. 15.

Faculty and staff that are interested can sign up in the Fitness and Wellness Center, or call 622-1244 for more information.

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