For those who want to sweat it out and have a good time doing it, look no further than this fall’s intramurals.

Each semester, the Rudolf Fitness Center (RFC) offers a series of intramural sports for students to participate in. This fall marks the third semester with intramurals since the year-long hiatus during the 2020-21 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Last year was the first year back from COVID-19 and we went through some pro staff changes during COVID-19, so last year was a good learning year,” said junior Kaelen Weigel. , supervisor of the RFC. “This year, we’re excited to deliver improvements that will only create more fun.”

Improvements include a new app that students can use to enroll in all RFC programs. According to RFC Deputy Director Rhian Thomas, the app will replace IMLeagues as a similar-looking platform with improved functionality.

Another new twist came with the fall volleyball schedule, where a six-week regular season will guarantee teams five games instead of three like in previous years. This fall also marks the launch of an intramural check-in center where all teams will check in before their games and receive equipment if needed. Instead of having captains’ meetings before games start, captains will be required to attend a Zoom meeting with a student supervisor to go over important rules.

Students can participate in a multitude of sports during the fall such as tube basketball, softball, volleyball, flag football, ping pong and dodgeball in addition to the Iron Zag event in october.

The Zags can also look forward to the return of stat tracking, which was an intramural staple before the pandemic. This is the tracking of players’ personal progress in terms of points, fouls, rebounds, touchdowns, etc. The RFC will also receive new equipment, and any rule updates can be found under each sport on the RFC app.

“This year we’re going to be stricter with numbers on sports jerseys to help track stats,” Weigel said. “So I would recommend buying a cheap white and dark shirt and picking out a number and using it for intramurals all year round.”

For those who fear making a fool of themselves on the pitch, intramural have three different leagues that cater to all experience levels. The Boone League is perfect for those new to the sport, as it caters to players with little to no experience and provides a more relaxed learning environment.

A Boone advancement is the Sharp League, which is for those with prior knowledge of the sport as well as a club player allowed on each team. The most competitive league, Sinto, is where former high school athletes and current club players should turn to.

“The Boone League is perfect for people with no experience in the sport,” said junior Zac Hyatt, intramural referee. “Remember that intramural is about having fun and it doesn’t have to be taken too seriously.”

Intramurals are one of GU’s best after-school programs, making it a natural way to socialize and meet new people throughout the school year.

“Intramurals are an important part of the Gonzaga community,” Thomas said. “Last year, over 60% of students participated in intramural activities, and most of our sports had over 100 registered teams. It’s a way for friends, clubs, homes, halls of residence, etc. to come together and compete in a fun and safe way.

As RFC employees, Weigel and Hyatt have plenty of tips for those just starting out, as well as recommendations for new sports to try. Both said softball is their favorite sport, while Hyatt added that flag football is a classic intramural sport.

“Intramurals are a big part of what brings people together on campus,” Weigel said. “I’ve met some amazing people playing intramurals that I probably never would have met otherwise because we’re completely different majors. We’re committed to involving as many people as possible, which is why we encourage anyone , regardless of skill level, to sign up.In intramurals, you literally have nothing to lose or be nervous about because it’s all fun with a competitive edge for some.

In addition to intramural classes, the RFC runs group fitness classes, including black light rotations and yoga. Those interested can check the RFC website or the new RFC app to find more information.