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Registration for University of Colorado intramural teams and leagues take place next Monday through Thursday. Play starts either Sept. 8 or 13, depending on the sport.

In addition, registration for the four on four sand volleyball tournament and three on three soccer tournament take place Sept. 8 10. Those tournaments are scheduled for the week of Sept. 15. Tuesday at the CU Recreation Center.

If you’re looking for a way to escape the grind of school, but not a big time commitment, you’re not alone.

Playing intramural sports is one of the favorite stress reliever pastimes for University of Colorado students.

Michelle Elvig, a junior at CU, plays several intramural sports with her friends. In years past, she’s played volleyball, indoor and outdoor soccer.

“It’s a good excuse for us to get together and go let off some steam,” Elvig said.

She’s the intramurals coordinator for the Alpha Kai Omega sorority at CU, as well. Playing with other members of her sorority is a good way to get to know sisters she wouldn’t otherwise become friends with, she added.

Elvig and her friends are in the majority at CU. More than half of the Boulder campus’ students play intramurals.

“Typically, over the full school year, we have 16,000 students participate,” said Annie Mulvany, intramural coordinator at CU.

The intramurals program at CU offers competition in 11 different sports, plus three additional tournament sports. They range from traditional sports such as basketball, flag football, volleyball and soccer to innertube water polo, broomball and dodgeball.

The dodgeball league has boomed the past several years, especially in the wake of the 2004 movie “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.”

“It’s one of our most popular sports,” Mulvany said. “We fill the league each session with 80 teams.

“That movie really helped. All the teams dress up. They’ll wear the sweatbands and headbands. But they’re very serious, too.”

Broomball is played on an ice rink, but in gym shoes, instead of skates. Players use a broom like stick and a ball, and the rules are similar to ice hockey.

There are outdoor and indoor soccer leagues, and a three on three soccer tournament is scheduled, too.

“Soccer is huge here so we try to do some variations to it,” Mulvany said. “We do a weeklong tournament and they come out and play four or five games throughout the week.”

Students can participate individually in the intramural 100/1000 Mile Club. That program challenges participants to log 100 miles during a semester, or reach the 1,000 mile mark during the course of a year, in various exercise routines, such as running, cycling, stationary biking or on the elliptical machine.

“Once they complete it, they get an intramural T shirt,” Mulvany said. “It’s really just trying to get people active.”

Though there is no limit on the number of students who can sign up for the 100/1000 Mile Club, other sports have limits. Most fill to their capacity, and registration is taken on a first come, first served basis.

“The key is to get your registration in early,” Mulvany said.

Registration for most intramural teams takes place from Aug. 31 to Sept. 3 in the CU Recreation Center. Team fees range from $20 (for tournaments) to $125, but most are in the $40 $60 range.

Unlike club sports, where some teams require students to try out, there are no “cuts” in intramurals. And, unless your team is more ambitious than most, there are no practices.
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