Freshman residence halls could possibly have their own intramural sports league by spring 2015.
Kyle Pinson, director of intramural sports, is considering the idea of introducing a competition among freshman dorms, depending on the interest shown in the coming weeks. There is already a points competition for social clubs.
“I was trying to think of a way to get more freshmen involved with intramural sports,” Pinson said.
Pinson is looking for first-year students to volunteer as intramural directors for their respective dorms. He hasn’t seen a high level of positive feedback yet.
“Right now I’m really trying to figure out if there’s interest for it,” Pinson said. “If there’s not, there’s no point in us trying to make it happen.”
Earlier in the semester, Pinson advertised an interest meeting to take place at the Students’ Association elections and nominations meeting with no success. But, he hasn’t abandoned the idea. Pinson plans to introduce stronger advertising in the coming weeks.
Rodney Johnson, SA president and senior marketing major from Odessa, said he hopes Pinson is able to follow through with his plan. Despite the lack of attendance at the first meeting, he still believes in the opportunity for the freshman league to take off.
“I don’t know if (the lack of attendance) necessarily means there wasn’t any interest,” Johnson said. “I think there’s a lot of interest in intramurals, we just have to be more aggressive about finding people to take leadership and get freshmen more educated on intramurals.”
While Johnson acknowledges forming the freshman league is not his top priority as SA president, he recognizes the value in such a possibility.
“I’d like to see freshmen more involved in intramurals,” Johnson said. “I think it’s a big part of ACU and the ACU experience.”
Pinson plans to model the freshman league after the social club competition, though he is open to changing its structure if needed.
In the current system, clubs receive points for team or individual participation in each sport as well as first and second place finishes. At the end of the spring semester, one female and one male club are pronounced intramural champions.
If interest picks up in the coming weeks, Pinson hopes to get the ball rolling as soon as possible.
“If people are interested, I would hope we could get something going by next spring,” he said.
Interested students can contact Pinson at email@example.com.