by Andrew Hookom
Whitman intramural (IM) football kicks off another season of play next weekend, leading in a new year of offerings from one of the top IM sports programs in the country.
Team registration forms for all divisions of football were due Thursday, Sep. 14 and, as some teams began training last weekend, it is expected that turnout will be strong again this year.
Football regularly has the “most participation, enthusiasm and seriousness” of any IM sport at Whitman, said Claudia Yeung of the IM sports committee. Although injuries had been a problem in past years, last year’s newly “reinforced” safety rules “greatly reduced the incidence of injuries,” said Yeung.
Play will primarily be on weekends through late October; playoffs will be Saturday, Oct. 28 with championships Sunday, Oct. 29.
Other sports to be offered this year include soccer and dodgeball, which will begin simultaneously in November. Soccer will begin Nov. 4 and continue until Dec. 9, with no games held during Thanksgiving break. In the spring there will be basketball, volleyball, bowling, ultimate Frisbee and softball. All IM sports require liability waivers. These can be found in the athletic office in Sherwood.
Whitman was ranked 3rd among colleges and universities nationwide in the category “Everyone Plays Intramural Sports” in the 2007 Princeton Review “Best 361 College Rankings.”
The IM committee is still looking for referees to officiate at football games. Interested parties can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.