BYUI students playing sports 2016 (Bryan Alfaro, Scroll Photography)

Viking sports: A thing of the past?

Official sports have become a program of the past since Ricks College became BYU-Idaho. Many colleges, even smaller than BYU-I, have forms of official collegiate sports (like Dixie or Weber); however, intramurals here may be just as fulfilling for many students.

BYUI students playing sports 2016 (Bryan Alfaro, Scroll Photography)

 BRYAN ALFARO | Scroll Photography

Anyone that looked closely at the greater BYU-I campus would notice that it has some impressive sports facilities, such as the I-Center, which, with its eight full-length basketball courts, can support basketball, volleyball, futsal and tennis, according to the BYU-I webpage.

BYU-I also offers a turf football field with its accompanying stadium and track, the upper football fields, soccer fields and softball fields. The John W. Hart Building features a stadium basketball court and several racquetball courts. There are many opportunities for athletes of different skills levels, according to the BYU-I webpage.

Pick-up games are welcome in most of these areas. Organized intramural games, that do not require tryouts, range from beginner to advanced. Competitive leagues require tryouts, but they try to get everyone on a team, according to the BYU-I intramural page.

BYUI students playing sports 2016 (Bryan Alfaro, Scroll Photgraphy)

BRYAN ALFARO | Scroll Photography

Carter Crompton, a senior studying political science, said he enjoys futsal leagues in the winter and outdoor soccer in the fall. He said he played high school soccer, so being able to come here and still play is a blessing for him.

Intramurals are not limited to orthodox mainstream sports either; recreational kickball, floor hockey, walleyball and mat ball are popular choices at BYU-I, according to the I-Center webpage.

For those who don’t have time to set aside their dating or homework, BYU-I offers credit-based courses for sports such as golf or tennis.

There are plenty of ways to get out and enjoy your favorite sports at the school, even though it is absent of official sports.

'Viking sports: A thing of the past?' has 1 comment

  1. October 11, 2016 @ 11:15 am D M

    But since they have dropped competitive sports to one semester a year it has killed sports here for the most part. I used to be able to go to the stadium any night of the week and play a great game of frisbee. Frisbee is non existent here now and I play for the rexburg club frisbee team. If we really want to bring back sports at byu Idaho bring back all sports to all semesters they are feasible to play in. We aren’t using the facilities like we used to.


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