The start of the semester brings opportunity for students to get involved.
One way for students to meet new people is to participate in the Recsports program offered on campus.
“I love the camaraderie. Playing on a team with a bunch of friends is a blast. It is just competitive enough to make it interesting and fun without going overboard,” said Travis Rust, a junior studying psychology.
Indoor sports include men and women’s basketball, coed bowling, mixed dodgeball, floor hockey, racquetball doubles and wallyball.
The outdoor sports include flag football for men and women, coed soccer, softball mixed, tennis doubles, and Ultimate Frisbee.
Cassidy Oldham, a junior studying communication, said that being a part of Recsports is a great way to have fun regardless of one’s skill level.
“It gives me a chance to feel awesome at a sport despite the fact that I may or may not be athletic,” Oldham said.
Competitive sports offered fall semester include basketball, cheer/dance/color guard, lacrosse, soccer, track and field, Ultimate Frisbee, water polo and volleyball.
Each of the eight sports are available to men and women, except for basketball; this semester, only men’s basketball will be available because of the alternating men and women’s basketball schedules.
The Competitive Sports program allows students to play sports they normally would not be able to participate in competitively.
“I love the fact that I can still play something I love in an organized league. There aren’t going to be too many more opportunities to compete in such a setting,” said Joel Jensen, a senior majoring in university studies.
To participate in Competitive Sports, a student has to try out. Tryouts consist of various drills so the student coaches can judge the players’ abilities and then select them in a draft.
Students at BYU-Idaho have the opportunity to participate in sports they otherwise would not have the chance to be a part of.
“I never played lacrosse in my life, but always wanted to. It was hard at first but my teammates were patient and I eventually got to the point where I was a real contributor,” Jensen said.