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University offers diverse Intramural Opportunities

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Written by: Communicator StaffNovember 18, 2017

By: Emily Anderson

IPFW students can participate in athletics without being on an official sports team.

“All of the events are a great way to meet new people, and a really good way to meet people who can help students get involved at the University,” said Andrew Meyers, graduate assistant for  intramural sports.

Registering to play pickleball on Wednesdays or for the three on three intramural basketball tournament can be done on the IMleagues website. Both events are open to any Mastodon student, Ivy Tech student, and Mastodon staff or faculty.

Students can make an account on the website IMleagues.com and view all of the intramural sports offered as well as receive updates.

The basketball tournament is on Nov. 29 and is open to teams of three to six players. Registration for the tournament is open until Nov. 27.

The USA Pickleball Association describes pickleball as, “a fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong.”

Pickleball is played with a paddle and a plastic ball with holes, both indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court with a slightly modified tennis net.

There will be games of pickleball for Mastodons every Wednesday between Nov. 8 and Dec. 5. Registration is open until Dec. 5. Two players per team are permitted for pickleball.

“As for pickleball at IPFW, we currently have low numbers, so this event may become somewhat of a skills class for people who would like to learn how to play,” Meyers said.

Both events will be held at the Gates Fieldhouse.

Other intramural opportunities include toning, Zumba, yoga, and pilates classes.

“For some of our events you may need some athletic ability, and for others none at all. We offer things from card/board game nights to 5-on-5 basketball leagues, I think there is something for everyone. We are looking into offering more skills classes before tournaments and leagues as well,” Meyers said.