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Stay active all summer with intramural leagues

[Intramural Soccer]
There are three intramural sports – soccer, ultimate and softball – available for staff, faculty, students and their friends.

The warm weather is finally here and that means it is once again time to take the sports outdoors.

The Queen’s Intramurals are back for another year and Athletics and Recreation is looking to build upon a very successful 2014 season that saw 60 teams take the field in soccer, softball and ultimate.

The intramurals are open to students, staff and faculty as well as community members such as spouses and partners.

The leagues are about getting out and being active while also having some fun.

“They are recreational in nature,” says Duane Parliament, Intramurals and Special Projects coordinator for Queen’s Athletics and Recreation. “We do have people who have never played the sport and we have people who have played at a high level, but it’s meant to be a summer go out once a week and do something with your friends-type activity.”

The Summer Intramural Pass remains $40, but graduate students with a 2014-15 SGPS sticker on their student card are exempt from paying the fee.

The leagues also help foster a feeling of community with a mix of players – students, faculty and staff – on the teams.

“When you’re out there you are not a teacher soccer player or a student soccer player. You’re a soccer player,” Mr. Parliament says.

Last year saw an increase of 142 sign-ups, bringing total participation to 1,165 over the three sports. Mr. Parliament is hoping to see the trend continue.

Soccer is divided into men’s (12 teams) and women’s (four teams) while softball (32 teams) and ultimate (16 teams) are co-ed. Ultimate is the only league, however, that is divided by skill level.

Registration started May 1 at gogaelsgo.com. For those without a team there is a “free agent list” where Mr. Parliament will try to place them on a team in need of players.

The Queen’s Intramural leagues can also help you "Get Your 150.” Getting your recommended 150 minutes of weekly physical activity can be fun, social and enjoyable with Queen’s intramurals. Visit gogaelsgo.com/150 for other great Get Your 150 tips.