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Indiana University, Bloomington
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Sph-R 230 - Recreational Sports Programming
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Intramural Sports The word intramural is derived from the Latin words intra within and mural walls Intramural sports then are structured competitive cooperative activities in the game form between teams individuals within an agencies boundaries Intramural sports are generally limited to participation among the participants which an agency serves Examples would include IU intramural sports only IU students are eligible to play Bloomington Parks and Recreation softball citizens of the city of Bloomington The Forum at Fishers Ice Hockey League members of the Forum Generally eligibility requirements are restrictive due to the funding systems used to support intramural programs tax bases membership fees student activity fees Traditionally intramural sports tend to be the signature program of recreational sports agencies Generally they are the starting point from which agencies develop their overall programs This is due to the familiarity of sport participation the high profile nature of intramural sport programs the large participation base well organized nature highly structured competitive cooperative atmosphere and the recognition of participants In fact historically the term intramural sports was used to describe recreational sports programs at colleges and universities By 1975 the popularity of other programs in the collegiate setting instructional informal extramural and club and other cross over program areas fitness outdoor recreation aquatics required the field to expand its terminology and the term recreational sports was born Around the turn of the 20th century municipal and community recreation departments churches schools elementary and secondary industries and private clubs offered a variety of sport events These events while not thought of as intramural sports are in fact meeting our definition of sport played within the walls of a particular setting Intramural sport represents structured sport participation which requires design delivery and leadership for its provision and becomes a catch all term which we can apply to any setting A high quality intramural sports program encourages participation in voluntary and wholesome sport activities for everyone the very definition of the sport for all concept Program of Events The best intramural sports program reflects those activities which are best suited to the most participants The best intramural sports programs generally exhibit these features Needs interests and preferences of participants are met by program offerings Development of program with participant input usually accomplished through an assessment of participation base through the use of surveys participant meetings or reliance on advice of advisory boards Balance of program offerings Balanced offerings of the following types of intramural sports events activities Individual Sports allow the individual to participate alone ex singles tennis Dual Sports require another partner to participate ex doubles badminton Group Sports allow various sized groups to participate ex team free throw shooting contest Team Sports specific number of players who play as a unit or organized team ex flag football Meet Sports organized competitions that include several events and are usually completed within a specified time ranging from several hours to several days ex swim meet Special Events non traditional events not usually practiced by the participant generally take elements of traditional sports and add twist or new ways of delivering the programs ex Spirit of Sport All nighter Co Recreational Sports balanced programming area that emphasizes fun team spirit and social interaction with members of both genders Flexibility Factors affecting program selection including age number of events gender time factors skill levels climate and season levels of competition budget limitations physical capacity area and facility availability safety equipment restraints number of participants leadership and supervisors When programming an intramural sports program the programmer needs to consider the possibilities of breaking the program down into smaller units of participation in order to provide the participant with the maximum amount of choice and in order to ensure the essentials of a well balanced program Units of participation are select groupings that categorize participants for intramural or extramural play Examples of different units of participation include leagues broken down by gender age groups skill levels housing units organizations physical characteristics residential zones etc Example University Intramural Basketball Program Leagues offered Men Women Co Recreational Skill levels offered in each league Competitive Intermediate Casual Participants also choose Greek Division Off Campus Division Residence Hall Division May also choose Divisions offered by day and time of participant s need Typical division of intramural basketball offered to participant Men s Off Campus Intermediate playing games at 5 00pm on Wednesdays OR Women s Greek Competitive playing games at 6 00pm on Thursdays OR Co Rec Residence Hall Casual playing games at 2 00pm on Sundays So we have our leagues set up our teams registered and ready to play Are WE as programmers ready to allow our teams to tip it up NO We have to consider developing policies and regulations to govern our league Important our policies and guidelines should be clearly stated and available to all participants before the event begins Program Policies and Regulations Rules So what rules are we going to play by In our basketball league listed above could play by NCAA rules NBA rules National Federation High School rules WNBA rules or we could invent our own set of basketball rules if we wanted to Who decides this Ultimately as the recreational sports programmer you do But in order to truly exemplify the concept of a participant lead participant run program a concept that is consistent with recreational sports philosophy you should allow your basketball players to have a say in what rules they play by Making the decision at a captain s meeting would encourage opposing team captains to decide on the rules they play adding to the participant s scope of choice but also encourages cooperation among the opposing captains on deciding on which rules to play by So you and your program leaders have decided to play by NCAA rules Now YOU have to decide which rules are appropriate and inappropriate for your program Are you going to adopt the NCAA rule


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