The regular basketball intramural season has come to an end, and playoffs are now in full swing. The regular season occurred from February 14 to March 17.
Basketball is a popular sport at Southern, and Troy Walker, intramural director for Southern, said the season had significant participation.
“This year, we have had a very good turnout,” Walker said. “We had 53 teams play, which is a record for basketball, and 21 Mens C league teams, which is also a record. The season has gone very smoothly.”
Walker said he was glad that spectators were back in the gym to watch the games. This is a change from last year when only players were allowed into the gym due to COVID-19 regulations. Walker said basketball games typically have many spectators, and it might have the best attendance alongside volleyball.
Spectators back in the gym isn’t the only change from last year; the rules of basketball were changed as well. Under past COVID-19 regulations, players were not allowed to shoot free throws for a foul. Instead, a foul just gave the opposing team one point. The rule was scrapped this year, which returned Southern’s basketball intramural games back to the normal rules.
Past regulations affected the basketball scorers as well. Last year, only one scorer was allowed for each game instead of two, which meant that the scorers would have their hands full at times. During games, scorers are in charge of keeping track of the scorebook, having the scoreboard accurate and running the shot clock.
Tylor Einhellig, sophomore political science major, worked as a scorer last year. She talked about the change from last year to this year.
“Last year, we couldn’t do the shot clock most of the time because of only having one scorer and having social distancing in place,” she said. “It was also a lot easier to focus on the game because students weren’t allowed in the gym, which made a lot less distractions. I love the social aspect of it this year, but it has made the job at hand much more difficult.”
With every sport comes some minor problems, and basketball intramural games are no different at Southern. Players, at times, can get very competitive, and sometimes that might boil over in a game. However, if a player is ejected from the game, Walker said the player must speak with him, and he or she isn’t usually allowed to play in the next game with the team.
“Here at Southern, I really value sportsmanship,” Walker said. “I really like to encourage it with the players.”
Playoffs kicked off this week. After playoffs, the basketball season will come to an end, with soccer intramurals starting up right after.
Soccer intramurals are set to begin March 28 with teams needing to be created by March 23.
- Basketball Championship Schedule
- Mens B League Championship game, March 24 at 6:00 p.m.
- Mens C League Championship game, March 24 at 7:00 p.m.
- Ladies B League Championship game, March 26 at 8:30 p.m.
- Ladies A League Championship game, March 26 at 8:30 p.m.
- Mens A League Championship game, March 26 at 10:00 p.m.