Spring into intramurals

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By Haley King

Jumping over the hurdle during intramurals, Ryley Kimball, 11, practices as if he were racing in an actual track event. Photo by Karen Pegueros
Jumping over the hurdle during intramurals, Ryley Kimball, 11, practices as if he were racing in an actual track event. Photo by Karen Pegueros

Spring intramurals are here, and students who wish to participate in the sports should attend to prepare for the upcoming seasons.

Individuals who like to run, compete, and challenge themselves should consider track as an option. Track offers long distance running, sprints, and hurdles. Students can try field events such as throwing, pole vault, or jumps.

Track and Field intramurals started Dec. 3, but it’s not too late to join. The remaining intramurals dates are Jan. 20, 21, 26, and 28, and Feb. 1, 2, 8, 9, 11, 16, 17, and 22 to the 25 after school until 4:00. Bring water, tennis shoes, and comfortable clothes for running. Tryouts are on Feb. 27 and the official 2016 track season begins Feb. 29. From then on practices will run five days a week until the end of the season.  

“Track gets me in shape, and I get to meet new people. I do sprints, and I like it because of the competition. It pushes me,” Sydney Brown, sophomore, said.

Students who excel in water sports should consider swim and dive. Intramurals prepare students for tryouts and are modeled after a typical practice. They begin Jan. 19 and end Feb. 25, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Multigen Center on Green Valley Parkway. Participants are asked to bring a swimsuit, towel, swim cap, goggles, and clothes for dryland workouts. Tryouts are Saturday, Feb. 27. The time and location will be announced at a later date. Coaches encourage potential swimmers to turn in an athletic packet as soon as possible.

“I am excited for the Swim and Dive season. My dad did swim when he was in high school. He told me it was a lot of fun and that he met so many people, so I hope to do the same,” Kara Arthurholtz, freshman, said.

Any men interested in volleyball intramurals are welcome to attend. In order to participate, students need to fill out a participation waiver that must be signed by their parent. Athletic packets are only necessary to tryout and compete on the team. Men’s volleyball intramurals take place typically twice a week. The schedule and times vary based on gym availability and can be found on the Coronado Men’s Volleyball website. Tryouts begin Feb. 24.

“At intramurals, students have an opportunity to practice the skills necessary to be successful in a sport and gain an advantage when it comes to tryout, because they have been keeping in shape and practicing,” Mr. Johnson, men’s volleyball coach, said.

Baseball intramurals began Nov. 30, and continue everyday, except Wednesdays, during the week from after school to 4:30 to 5:00 on the baseball field. Intramurals act as practices and prepare players for tryouts on Feb. 27. Prospective players participating in baseball intramurals need to bring full baseball gear.  

Intramurals are required for any girls interested in playing softball. Intramurals take place Tuesday-Thursday from 2:30 to 4:15 p.m. on the softball field. Students may not participate if they do not have an athletic packet on file starting Feb. 8. Athletes should bring running shoes, a Coronado softball shirt or school colors, shorts or sweats, and a glove. Cleats and bats are optional. Softball tryouts will be held on Saturday, Feb. 27. Visit Mrs. Sosa in room 324 to pick up the softball schedule and information.

There will not be intramurals during exam week so students have time to study for their upcoming exams. If students do not maintain a C average (2.0 GPA) or above, they will not be allowed to participate in the spring season. All players must also have a completed athletic packet on file which can be purchased in the Athletic Office for $20.

Joining a sports team offers many benefits that you can use for years to come. Participating in sports can help improve leadership skills, confidence, teamwork, communication skills sportsmanship, and provides an opportunity to meet new people.