On college campuses all across the country, intramural athletics continue to grow each year.
At Indiana University of Pennsylvania, intramural leagues continue to grow in a number of sports and with the construction of the new Hadley Union Building gymnasium, the university has big plans this year for intramural leagues.
“We are adding things, and we are not fully there yet,” Michael Carnovale, director of campus recreation for the Student Cooperative Association, said. “We’ll be adding a bunch of new things like indoor soccer, indoor flag football and paddleball all this semester, but we’re not there yet.”
Intramural sports such as basketball, flag football, volleyball and soccer have become popular on the IUP campus.
Moreover, intramural athletics as a whole have grown in popularity, said Carnovale.
“About five years ago, we moved intramurals from athletics to the student co-op in the attempt to build the program,” Carnovale said. “We built the program as far as we could with the facilities we had, but now with the facility we hope to grow it even better and bigger.”
Prospective athletes can sign up for their sports online at, http://www. imleagues.com/iup, but the intramurals office will be adding more sports to the fall semester.
Make no mistake, intramural leagues aren’t just booming at IUP, they’re growing all over the country.
According to the NCAA, the number of student-athletes participating in intercollegiate athletics rose to its highest number in history.
The NCAA’s Sport Sponsorship and Participation Report concluded that 453,347 student-athletes are participating in sports for which the NCAA holds championships.
In order for prospective athletes to participate in their sport, the teams must sign up before the deadline.
“On that website, you can find all the deadlines for all the sports we are doing this semester,” Carnovale said. “The leagues are all online now if you want to see deadlines.”
Registration for basketball, for both men and women, runs until Sept. 23.
Students can register for flag football until Sept. 16 and for co-recreational volleyball until Sept. 9.
Fees for all fall intramural sports are $20, and spots are open for all listed sports.
With the new facility available for use, Carnovale expects popularity for all sports to rise.
“I think we’re going to have an increase across the board in everything,” Carnovale said. “Basketball is always big, but I expect those numbers to jump bigger because we have three new gyms that we can use at all times.”
Carnovale said the new HUB gym would bring many positives.
“It completely changes that way we were going to do things,” Carnovale said. “Now we have a facility dedicated to our intramural program.”