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What it's like to play an intramural sport at a D1 school

Posted By Allison Turcio | June 23, 2015

Maybe you aren't ready to give up your favorite sport from high school, or maybe you're ready to try something totally different. Either way, you should know that you don't have to compete at the varsity level to continue—or to start—something you love. At Siena, there's a wide range of men's, women's and co-ed recreational activities to keep you active in whatever sport you choose. Game on!

Intramural SportsTo tell you more about what it's like to play intramural sports at Siena, we spoke with Jack Blanchard, a sophomore on the intramural soccer team.

What's it like to play intramural at a D1 school?

Playing intramurals at a D1 school can be whatever you want it to be. If you're looking to try something new with a group of friends, you can. But if you want to continue playing a sport you may have competed in before coming to Siena, there are leagues that allow you to play at higher intensity and difficulty.

What are some of the benefits of playing intramurals?

Playing at the varsity level is a huge commitment. Athletes have a lot of responsibilities and have to work extremely hard, especially at the D1 level. To play intramurals, you're only expected to show up once or twice per week. And as someone who isn't quite skilled enough to play a D1 sport, it was nice to be able to continue playing the sport I loved so much in high school. It also helped me meet new friends that had similar interests as a freshman.

How easy is it to balance your intramural sport with your studies?

I think participating in an intramural sport is a great stress reliever, especially when you feel like you need a break from homework. Intramural sports don't require a big time commitment, so it's relatively easy to balance playing the sport with your studies, as long as you plan your time accordingly.

How celebrated are intramural sports at Siena?

There are certainly bragging rights that go along with your team doing well and even winning the league. But it's nice to be able to go and play without having any real expectations to meet.

Describe your intramural sport experience at Siena in one word.

Opportunity—because intramural sports give students a chance to meet new people, stay in shape and participate in something they enjoy.

Any advice for prospective students who might want to play intramural sports?

Why not? They're fun and can really help you stay in shape. As you start college, intramurals are the kind of activity that allow you to meet new people while doing something fun. There's no reason you shouldn't get out there and join a sport if you're interested in what's being offered.

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