Muggle Quidditch, broomball & other bizarre intramural college sports
There’s something for everybody in college. Look no further than the student club at Harvard that shares in the delight of mastering a Rubik’s Cube or the co-eds in the Squirrel Club (established in 2002 and going strong) at the University of Michigan who feed peanuts to the critters on campus.
College is about finding one’s self — and, for many, that’s not confined to a traditional schedule of sports that goes something like this: Football in the fall, basketball in the winter and baseball in the spring. Even if you’ve never played a sport in your life, there just might be a projectile-and-running combination that you’ll enjoy in college.
Here are a few of the quirky intramural sports being played on college campuses across the country. Competition is fierce for those end-of-the-season victory T-shirts awarded to the winning teams and the creativity put into team names is hilarious — and, lots of times, totally inappropriate.
Muggle Quidditch: Leave it up to kids who grew up on Harry Potter books to bring to life the wizard game. Students at Middlebury College adapted the quidditch game in 2005 and it’s now played at more than 300 universities and high schools. Hey, running around on a broomstick is probably better cardio than flying. You can find an official rule book at the International Quiddich Association.
Broomball: This Canadian sport merges roller hockey, ice hockey and floorball for an on-ice game that is quickly becoming a popular college intramural sport. Instead of skates, you wear rubber-soled shoes and players hit a small ball around the ice with their sticks (called brooms). The object of the game is to score more goals than the opposing team.
Innertube Water Polo: So you can’t major in underwater basket weaving — but you can play innertube water polo in your spare time. The game is just like water polo, except all of the players (minus the goal keepers) are required to be in inflatable water tubes. Water polo requires lots of treading water, so the innertube rendition is great for novices.
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