University ‘sports’ can be less athletic

Correlieu student Katherine Osmond on unique university sports that focus on fun

Attention jocks, gymnasts, and equestrians!

This article is not or you.

I am writing for the gamers, the artists, and the writers.

I am calling to all the erudites: have you every wished you could join the numerous sports teams put forth by Correlieu Secondary School?


Neither have I, but I have wanted to be part of the energy surrounding school sports.

The crowd screaming for you, your teammates supporting your every move and you doing the same for them – road trips with the team, memories you can carry with you for your whole life.

The only problem with joining a high school sport is you have to be athletic, but there is hope. Universities with their higher budgets and larger student body have sports teams open for even the most uncoordinated such as myself.

For example, the University of Alberta has a dorm dodgeball league, where all the dorms and halls make up teams and compete in tournament style matches while their peers cheer them on.

When asking a player in this year’s league, a former Correlieu student, he said he isn’t very good at throwing, but the game is more about strategy and having a good team plan going into the game. Though he also stated that the engineering team typically won. If dodgeball brings up too many traumatizing childhood memories for you, U of A also has pool, bowling, curling, table tennis, Red Eye (all-night tournament featuring 22 teams), and inner-tube water-polo.

They also have a few “sportier” sports like ball hockey, archery, basketball (amateur), flag football, and many more.

The University of Albert isn’t the only school with some underrated almost sports.

The University of British Colombia has dodgeball, street hockey, cross volleyball, handle cup soccer, flag football, basketball (amateur), ultimate Frisbee, futsal, and summer soccer.

Simon Fraser University has a Quidditch club.

The club is run by students, but it’s a great step forward for university Harry Potter fans.

To all future Correlieu graduates, keep in mind that most university’s wants student involvement.

If you have an idea for a spots club or any other ideas, take it to your administration even in high school, schools are run on student involvement (and taxes).

These “sports” are more about school spirit and just having fun with your peers.

Though none of these “sports” will win you a scholarship, they will help you engage with your school and fellow students.

Many, such as U of A’s dodgeball league, are dorm-wide events – halls, floors, and sometimes different dorm complex’s will come together to compete.

It’s all just fun, but it can make memories that will last a lifetime.

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