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5 spring sports you didn’t know BYU-Idaho offered

Registration is currently open for most spring intramural sports. Student Activities has some popular returning sports and some brand new sports to offer.

Here are five sports you didn’t know BYU-Idaho offered:

1. Spikeball

According to spikeball.com, spikeball is a cross between volleyball and four-square.

Ben Hatch, a freshman studying business management, has played spikeball for two years.

“It has been a great experience learning to sharpen my hand-eye coordination and have fun with just a handful of players,” Hatch said.

Makenna Smith, the Student Activities’s operations manager and a senior studying public health, said spikeball became a student sport because of students’ suggestions. Many students signed up the first couple of semesters they offered the sport, resulting in the decision to keep it as a regular activity.

“People love this sport and want to be involved in it,” Smith said.

Teams are open to join spikeball from now until May 16.

2. Mud volleyball

This semester there will be a mud volleyball tournament. Registration is currently open and will remain open until June 30.

3. Pickleball

According to USAPA.org, pickleball is “a fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong.”

Duncan Olson, a junior studying public health, has played recreational sports every semester. Although he has played pickleball the last two semesters, he learned to play before coming to school

“When I returned from my mission, my friend’s dad hired me to help him build a pickleball court in his backyard, ” Olson said. “I had never heard of the sport before, and once it was finished, he taught me how to play. I have loved it ever since.

Student Activities offers pickleball as a tournament this semester.

“We tried pickleball in the winter and a lot of people liked it,” Smith said.

Registration for the pickleball tournament is now open until June 16.

4. Fencing

Fencing is offered as a class this semester and will be open for registration until the end of the semester.

According to IMLeagues.com, “fencing classes are held twice weekly where people can gather, increase in learning, improve their skills and have fun.”

5. Bowling

Chandra Hammond, a senior studying public health, has bowled two semesters consecutively. She was introduced to bowling as a sport in her intramural class in the spring of 2017, as well as in a bowling class she had taken.

“I loved it because I really enjoy how relaxing bowling is,” Hammond said. “It isn’t as intense at basketball or football; so if you are worried about the competitiveness, you really don’t have to. Plus with it being a smaller league, you are more likely to win, and my team has actually won the last two championships”.

Registration for the bowling tournament is currently open and will be offered until May 19.

Students can sign up for these less-known sports, as well as more familiar sports like lacrosse, basketball and tennis on IMLeagues.com.

Students who join an intramural sport don’t need to know everything about a sport they join.

“It is preferred that you read over the rules on IMLeagues for whatever sport you’re playing,” said Athens Johnson, the director of sports activities and a junior studying public health. “Even if you know the rules, they might be slightly different for intramurals. If you don’t understand the written rules, playing with other people should help clarify any questions you have.”

Hammond said everyone should join an intramural sport.

“It’s just such a fun atmosphere to play in because it is just for fun, and you get to play the sports that maybe you played in high school,” Hammond said. “But even more importantly, you can try out the sports you were too afraid to try out for in high school and sports that you never thought you would play.”

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