2, 4, 6, 8 who do we appreciate? Sports. Sports. Literally any sport that will keep me busy. YAY SPORTS. We all know what it’s like to be overwhelmed with school and underwhelmed with a social life. A social life doesn’t have to be partying or laying by the pool (although both of those activities can be enjoyable ), it can be anything you want it to be; anything that keeps you happy, busy, and interacting with friends. Playing a sport helps students get involved, make friends, and even get a little exercise (which helps when you’re in danger of gaining the freshmen 15… or the sophomore 15…. or the junior 15… well, you get the picture.)
Cal Poly offers intramural sport teams and Greek Life also has formed teams as well. You can play on a team, cheer for a team, spectate a game, or if you’re like my brother Gino, a senior at UCSB, you can referee the games!
Calling the shots
My brother transferred to UCSB from Moorpark College his junior year and says that,”reffing intramural sports is a great way to make some money, be involved with the school, and make new friends during the process. Overall it’s a lot of fun.”
Gino Zanrosso looking very professional as he calls a game.
A few friends of mine from work encouraged me to come out and watch one of their games, so I did. To be honest, everyone on both teams looked like they were having fun. There was cheering, laughing, and for a reason that I’m not so sure of, some were dressed up in funny hats. The team asked if I wanted to join, and although I was very tempted, I did not want to lessen the chance of a win with my not so athletic abilities and lack of hand eye coordination (my softball days ended in the 6th grade when I did shadow puppets in the outfield)… and I had to get home to write my blog. When I explained to the team that I had no skills in the sports department the girls all laughed and informed me they were cheerleaders and only played softball for the fun of it. Jordan Mason, a business major in his sophomore year at Cal Poly who plays on “The Soft Balls” says,
“I’ve met 25 new people just because I signed up to play intramural softball. intramural softball has been the best decision of my Cal Poly career.”
Jordan Mason poses for a quick picture before his big game
To get a little more perspective I spoke to some of the girls on the team while I sat in the dugout (that’s what it’s called, right?) Torrey Hanna, a graphic communications major and a freshman who also plays on “The Soft Balls” says “For me, intramural isn’t about the score. It’s about fun.” Megan Cota, an English major and also a freshman on the same team added, “Sometimes the guys are cute… but that’s a big sometimes.”
The girls of "The Soft Balls" hang in the dugout as they await their turns at bat
I also spoke to some softball players on a team called “People who know Josh” (who’s Josh?), Nico Gomes and Zach Sweeting. Both of the students are architectural engineering majors in their senior year at Poly. After asking the two what they liked about intramural sports Gomes said, “It’s a forced break from school that’s much enjoyed” followed by Sweeting who added, “It’s great competitive fun.”
Sweeting (left) and Gomes (right) after their softball game
Fraternity Flag Football
As I walked over to the softball game, the point of my journey to the field in the first place, I stumbled upon a group of boys playing football. For journalistic and blogging purposes only, I inquired about their game. I spoke with Michael Lohwasser, a transfer student from the University of Oregon and an ag. business major,he said, “Being on the team helped me find a good group of guys to play sports with. It helped me get to know people in my frat and we hang out to play other sports.” Lohwasser is in Pike and the fraternity put together a flag football team.
The Pike flag football team stopped practice to take a picture
What’s the point?
So here’s the deal: Get involved. Get sporty. You’ll make a ton of friends, get some exercise, and you’ll get a break! Organized sports can be football, soccer, softball, you name it. Have fun and even if you are athletically inept like myself, there is room for you somewhere!