There is quite a difference between playing a sport in high school versus college. Not every student-athlete goes D1 nor gets the opportunity to play a varsity sport for an athletic scholarship. You’ll find campuses often feature a diverse range of intramural sports. Do you want to satisfy that competitive itch but don’t know where to start? Here are some tips on how to get involved:

  1. Look for posted team schedules, rosters, and captain contact information. Reach out to the captain or ask to meet with team members when on a campus visit.
  2. Post on one of the college’s parent pages. Often someone has a child who plays the sport or knows who to contact.
  3. Social media – sometimes a team will have their own social media to post video clips, records from previous years, etc. They may list an email address there or send a DM asking for contact information.
  4. Email the club president listed on the school website. Ask questions like: does the club travel, do they have cuts? This will help determine the level of competitiveness for the specific club.

There are also benefits to participating in sports at any level:

  • Helps you stay competitive
  • Team building
  • Physical and mental health
  • Stress release
  • Socialization
  • Sense of community
  • School pride
  • Time management

Niche and other sites that rank varsity sports can help you gauge how much sports play into the culture and atmosphere of the school. Check out your college’s intramural programs and discover for yourself just how fun it can be!

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