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COCC Sports is ready to kick off a new year

William James

The Broadside

The Central Oregon Community College Intramural Sports Program is ready for the new school year. Popular athletic programs are making their return to the big stage on campus, and new programs and a new coordinator are coming along with them.

Bill Douglass, COCC’s Intramural and Club Sports Director, spoke about some of the most popular activities going on with the program, as well as some new club sports and intramural activities that Douglass will be implementing in the future.

“We’re hoping we have about 20 different sports and activities going on all year,” said Douglass.
“We go with what the trends are, usually, as well as with what other schools typically do, but we’re welcome to hearing any and all ideas from the student body.”

Intramural Sports is a more recreational sports opportunity.  Most of the opportunities are on campus and are geared for students and staff seeking sports, exercise and competition without spending extra time with practices and travel.

Intramural sports are open to students enrolled in one or more credit.  Almost all intramural activities are free for COCC,  OSU-Cascades students, as well as faculty.

Club Sports offer a more competitive atmosphere.  Club teams travel throughout Oregon and beyond, for competitions other teams.  COCC Club teams will hold practices and engage in competitions.

Club teams require students to be enrolled a minimum of six credits and a few of the sports may require full-time enrollment.  Club sports may require a small student participation fee depending on the cost of the program.

The Club Sports program is open to all COCC and OSU-Cascades students meeting enrollment requirements.

Two of the most popular sports, flag football and basketball, will be starting at the beginning of the term. Flag football having league games scheduled on Wednesday afternoons. Basketball will have league games scheduled on Monday and Wednesday evenings, League games for volleyball will be played on Tuesday nights.

Douglass stressed that sign-ups need to happen before the end of the first week of the term.

“One thing we like to do is start as early as possible,” said Douglass.

A new project the program will be implementing will be a cross-country racing series, which local cross-country sports supplier Fleet Feet will be co-sponsoring. According to Douglass, there will be four races held weekly for four to five weeks in mid-October during the course of this program, but noted that a fifth race has yet to be decided upon.

In mid-October a student golf tournament will be held at a location yet to be determined by Club Sports. It is open to all students and will require a $10 entry fee, but Douglass stated that there will only be 24 slots open to students. Douglass stressed swift sign ups to ensure everybody who wants to participate gets a chance to play.

Matt Greenleaf has recently been hired as Intramural and Club Sports Coordinator.

“What we’re looking at is opportunities to take activities off of campus and be able to do things like swim night and bowling,” said Douglass of the recent hiring.

“Now that we have two people here, our office hours and our range of activities are far more flexible.”

The Intramural and Club Sports office will now be open from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

“Just stop in and ask questions,” said Douglass to new and returning students.

 

You may contact William James at wjames@cocc.edu

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