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How to make intramural sports more inclusive

By Dante Iafrate

Springfield College, known for its rich tradition of sports, is exploring ways to enhance the intramural experience for its students. As the demand for more engaging and inclusive activities grows, several initiatives are being considered to make intramural sports better than ever.

One of the primary areas of focus is accessibility. 

In the past, signing up for intramural sports often involved a paper-based process. To address this issue, the college administration implemented an online registration system. The change simplifies the sign-up process, making it more convenient for students to participate in their favorite sports. The change simplifies the sign-up process, making it more convenient for students to participate in their favorite sports. I am a huge fan of the system.

Another key proposed improvement I believe campus leaders should be discussing is the introduction of adaptive sports to cater to students with various abilities. This new initiative would make it possible for students with disabilities to participate in sports like wheelchair basketball, promoting a more inclusive environment and providing opportunities for all students to engage in physical activities.

To foster a stronger sense of community and connection, the college should explore implementing a mentorship program. This program would pair upperclassmen with first-year students, helping newcomers acclimate to college life while also creating bonds between students of different backgrounds and experiences.

Competition is a significant part of intramural sports, and there’s no doubt the college is looking at ways to make it even more exciting. The one thing that ruins the competition is the referees. Now, don’t get me wrong – they are a massive help and without them, the games would go terribly. Some of the referees are very focused with all eyes on what’s going on and make sure the game is officiated correctly. But there are others who are on their phone and easily distracted, often talking to other players on the sideline. My point is, if you are signing up to be a referee, why not just pay attention? As a participant of flag football intramural this past session I noticed the refs were not heavily involved, which ruined the quality of the game.   

Additionally, the college should examine the possibility of organizing regular social events to celebrate intramural sports. These events could include themed parties, cookouts and award ceremonies to recognize outstanding players and sportsmanship winners. By adding these social aspects, the college would aim to strengthen the sense of community around intramural sports. I understand that intramural is what it is because of its “show up and leave” label, but why not generate as much involvement as possible?

Springfield College is actively seeking ways to enhance its intramural sports program. The proposed changes aim to improve accessibility, promote inclusivity, build a stronger sense of community, create more exciting competition, and celebrate the college’s cherished intramural sports tradition. As discussions and planning progress, the future of intramural sports at Springfield College looks promising, with the potential to provide an even better experience for all students.

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