BYU-Idaho Activities will offer a variety of competitive sports during Fall Semester 2013. The fall sports season begins Oct. 1.
“[Competitive Sports] is a great opportunity to make new friends,” said Lisa Robison, BYU-I activities faculty advisor. “[You] learn new skills and improve the talents you already have.”
All Competitive Sports participants are required to attend one of two registration meetings, according to the www.byui.edu/activities/competitive-sports. During the meetings, which will take place Sept. 24 and 25 at 4 p.m. in the Taylor Chapel, faculty and staff will review the potential risks of participation.
Trent Shippen, the head faculty advisor over Competitive Sports, said competitive tackle football will hold separate registration meetings Sept. 23 and 24 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Smith 240.
The $30 participation fee for competitive football covers rental fees for all equipment except cleats and mouthpieces, participants must provide themselves. The team draft meeting will be held Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. in the Taylor Cultural Hall.
Players are required to undergo a physical and submit a health history form. Walk-in physicals for football players are available at the Student Health Center on a first-come, first-serve basis and cost $30.
Competitive basketball is currently slated to be offered only for women during the fall semester due to the limited court space available, according to the Competitive Sports website. There will be a $15 participation fee.
Outdoor cross-country running will be offered fall semester for men and women. Teams will practice Monday through Friday at one of four different time blocks: 6–7:15 a.m., 10:15–11:30 a.m., 3:15–4:30 p.m. and 5–6:15 p.m. Monday and Friday with 6–7:15 practices Tuesday through Thursday.
Other sports offered fall semester include soccer, spirit team, swimming, ultimate frisbee and volleyball.
The spirit team consists of a stunt team, cheer team, dance team and color guard. Each team will hold its own separate tryouts on the same two days at the beginning of October.
No level of skill is required to try out for any competitive sports team. Anna Norton, a freshman studying exercise physiology, played competitive women’s lacrosse for the first time during Spring Semester 2013 without any previous lacrosse experience.
“I just went to the first day of tryouts, and loved it,” Norton said.
Students can apply for coaching positions at the Activities office in Manwaring 101. Coaches have the option to play, but advisors prefer that applicants stay focused on coaching, according to www.byui.edu/activities.
“[As a coach] you can make a difference in the experience the participants have within the program,” Robison said. “You can impact many lives for good.”
For more information about participation fees, practice times, and eligibility, students can visit the Competitive Sports website.