For the third season in a row, BYU-Idaho will offer co-ed flag football as an intramural sport during spring semester.
“People usually get heated, but when they’re playing with girls they have better behavior,” said Blaine Dudgeon, the recreational sports director.
Dudgeon said flag football was quite popular when they offered it during Fall Semester 2015.
There were 14 beginner teams and nine intermediate teams during Fall Semester 2015, according to the BYU-I IMLeagues Web page. This spring, there are already 21 teams signed up to play.
Dudgeon said the teams will need to be narrowed down to 18 for the spring season due to scheduling and available space on the fields.
“You can join a team up until the very end of the season, but the last day to create a team is Friday,” Dudgeon said.
Dudgeon said intramurals can improve a person in virtually every aspect of life.
“It’s to build every student socially, as leaders, physically and mentally, and all those things help build us more spiritually,” Dudgeon said. “There’s more than winning a game and getting a T-shirt. It’s also a great way for couples to spend time together.”
Logan Johnson, the director of competitive sports, said the program grows each year.
“It gets progressively better and competitive each year. (Since) the program’s huge, you get a better selection of students,” Johnson said.
Johnson said intramurals are a great stress reliever and a great way for couples to strengthen their relationships. Co-ed flag football and other co-ed intramurals are great ways to improve relationships.
“It’s gradually grown more and more popular,” Logan said. “It’s good for spouses. It’s a good relationship builder. Gives couples an opportunity to see how they play and work together. They see them in a different light, out of the normal routine.”
Married couples who play together, stay together, according to an article by USA Today.
“The correlation between fun and marital happiness is high and significant,” according to USA Today.
The more you invest in fun and friendship and being there for your partner, the happier the relationship will get over time, according to Howard Markman, a psychologist who co-directs the University of Denver’s Center for Marital and Family Studies.
Johnson said, in high school his team won back-to-back football state titles. This success has translated to co-ed flag football.
Johnson said this is his third time playing co-ed flag football. This year Johnson and his team have an opportunity to win for their third year in a row.
“We won the last two seasons in a row,” Johnson said.