Mak­ing com­pe­ti­tion fun

Not a hard-core ath­lete? Not a prob­lem!

The McGill Daily - - Sports - Louis Sanger Sports Edi­tor

For most peo­ple, play­ing sports is a way of meet­ing oth­ers, get­ting ex­er­cise, and hav­ing fun. So what does Mcgill of­fer that meets th­ese cri­te­ria? Be­sides var­sity, there are many other op­tions avail­able for stu­dents to choose from.


In­tra­mu­rals are of­fered to all full-time stu­dents in a wide range of sports: bad­minton, ball hockey, bas­ket­ball, dodge­ball, flag foot­ball, ice hockey, in­ner­tube wa­ter­polo, soc­cer (out­door and in­door), spike­ball, ul­ti­mate disc, and vol­ley­ball. Stu­dents can sign up in­di­vid­u­ally and be as­signed a team, or regis­ter as a team. When reg­is­ter­ing, one can pick a pre­ferred skill level ( begin­ner, in­ter­me­di­ate, or com­pet­i­tive) to find oth­ers ranked sim­i­larly. Par­tic­i­pants do have to pay an oc­cas­sion­ally ex­pen­sive reg­is­tra­tion fee that varies based on the sport; luck­ily this can be split up amongst team mem­bers.


For those who are not will­ing to com­mit them­selves to a team, play­ing recre­ational sports is a great op­tion. They are usu­ally or­ga­nized by the spe­cific venue for each sport and must be in­quired about on a sport-by-sport ba­sis. A rec card is re­quired, some­times along with a Sports Com­plex Mem­ber­ship, which per­mits ac­cess to the gym, arena, or field. A rec card can be pur­chased from the Red­bird Sport Shop or the Client Ser­vices Of­fice at the Cur­rie Gym­na­sium.

Recre­ational sports of­fered this fall are bad­minton, bas­ket­ball, div­ing, jog­ging, shinny ( hockey), skat­ing, soc­cer, squash, swim­ming, ta­ble ten­nis, ten­nis, vol­ley­ball, and wa­ter­polo. Classes are also of­fered in most of th­ese sports. To find out more, in­quire at the Cur­rie Gym­na­sium or check out their web­sites.

Out­side Mcgill:

Play­ing sports at Mcgill al­most al­ways costs you money, but you can al­ways find free op­tions of­f­cam­pus. Jeanne Mance park, just up Parc, has many sports fields, such as a turf foot­ball/soc­cer field that is lit up at night, a base­ball di­a­mond nearby, and sev­eral ten­nis courts cur­rently un­der ren­o­va­tion. To­wards the the be­gin­ning of De­cem­ber (weather per­mit­ting) the hockey rink will also be­come avail­able. As with most out­door rinks in Mon­treal, it is nat­u­ral ice only frozen by the out­side tem­per­a­ture. If the ice is slightly slushy play­ing is not en­cour­aged, as it can cause last­ing dam­age to the sur­face. At the south­ern end of Jeanne Mance Park across Du­luth street, there are Beach Vol­ley­ball courts that are some­times open to the pub­lic. You can also find many other Ten­nis courts, Soc­cer fields, Base­ball di­a­monds, and Hockey rinks at other parks across Mon­treal. Bring some friends and start your own game, or ask to join one that has al­ready be­gun.

Var­sity sports are not your only op­tion! There are plenty of other peo­ple out there who just want to have a good time play­ing with friends. De­cide what’s best for you and get out there to play.


Claire Gre­nier

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