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Intramural Class Heads RecSports Leagues

For students looking for a way to stay physically active, get involved on campus and receive class credit, Intramurals (ESS 205) could be the perfect class. Taught by activities RecSports adviser Trent Tustian and his two TAs, Intramurals is a class that teaches students how to be leaders while offering opportunities to implement the skills acquired in class. 

 Intramurals is a two-credit class. One hour a week is spent in class, and another hour is spent with hands-
on activities.

 “They have to learn history,” Tustian said, “a little bit of history about how it all started, why people play, kind of philosophies and reasons behind why kids want to play and get involved.”

 This class also provides a hands-on opportunity for the students. The second hour of the week is spent playing the sports they are learning about.

 “They also learn how to manage, lead and administer the program,” Tustian said. “How are you sposed to administer them if you don’t know how they are played? So they have to learn the rules and actually get to play
every sport.”

 Because 50 volunteer hours are required of them, Intramurals students are often found administering
RecSports activities. 

“They have to run their own league,” Tustian said. “The class is actually running bowling, battleship and wallyball, so between them they have to schedule it, do the books and manage it. The hours go really fast.”

 These responsibilities offer life experiences that not only prove helpful in future employment, but can also broaden availability of employment opportunities at BYU-Idaho. 

 “We don’t really hire somebody who hasn’t volunteered with us,”  Trustian said. “Usually I’ll take any one of the kids in this class because they’re putting in the time to learn who we are and how
we operate.”

Erik Brostrom, a senior studying health science and an Intramurals teaching assistant, was able to secure a job in the activities department by volunteering first. 

“I just came by the office one day — my freshman year — and asked if they were looking for anyone,” Brostrom said. “And I’m sure, looking back on it now, they really laughed because we are always looking for volunteers. It’s always so crucial that we get people involved so they can gain these skills for their own benefit, as well as for the benefit of all their other fellow students here
on campus.”

 Employment opportunities may be an incentive for some students to participate in this class. 

 “We are trying to get jobs within the school,” said Alyssa Blasko, a sophomore studying exercise physiology. 

 Haley Stadler, a sophomore studying exercise physiology, is excited to get her foot into this kind of job market. 

 “This is our field,” Stadler said. “This is what we like to be involved in and this class helps us do that.”

  This class can be an optimal learning experience, not only for those looking to explore exercise-related fields, but also for those looking for careers requiring leadership or management abilities. 

 “Obviously we want to help those in exercise sports science, health science and those types of fields,” Trustian said. “But actually the ones who tend to take the class are business majors and education majors — all those types of fields. Anyone can take this class, though, because you also learn how to manage people through this experience.” 

 Students in this class learn how to manage when things go wrong in these intense situations.

 “We learn safety precautions,” Blasko said. “We learn how to handle situations — fights, injuries, those kinds of things.”

 They also learn how to cope and thrive with different personalities on and off the court. 

 “I like participating too, but I think watching it is fun too,” Stadler said. “You can see the different personalities in people. It’s kind of different when they’re playing sports.” 

 As the RecSports program expands, Brother Tustian hopes the class will expand as well. 

  “It’s a lot of fun seeing everyone else — other students — getting involved in something that’s really benefited my life here on campus,” Brostrom said. 


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