If you are looking for a way to get involved in campus athletics, but drop-in classes aren’t intense enough, and varsity athletics is too much of a commitment, look no further than the intramural options U of T has to offer. Intramurals are organized on each of the three U of T campuses — some colleges even have their own teams — and are open to students of all ages, abilities, and faculties.
The benefit of intramural sports is that they require less commitment than being a member of a varsity team, and the emphasis is on fun as much as competition. Intramurals can also be a perfect fit for the student looking to try non-traditional team sports — like ultimate frisbee and dragon boat. For UTM students, campus recreation services offers intramural co-ed ultimate Frisbee, cricket, and ball hockey. UTSC students won the intramural jackpot when the Pan Am Sports Center was built on their campus — Scarborough students not only have access to the elite-level facility but the intramurals and programs which can now be housed within, including innertube water polo, triathlon training, and for muggles in denial: Quidditch.
Although varsity coaches stress the importance of schoolwork, your varsity team will take a very close second place. The student-athletes who make up the 46 teams we have at our university are as close to superhuman as you can get — juggling hours of practice, therapy, workouts, and game-recaps every week is exhausting enough, even without the hours required for class, exams, assignments, and, occasionally, sleeping.
If you think you’ve got the skills and dedication that it takes to become a member of one of Canada’s oldest and most prestigious university athletics programs, many varsity teams hold open-tryouts for walk on students during pre-season. UTM students have a unique opportunity to join the UTM Eagles — the university’s sports team, which competes in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association. Although the team doesn’t offer as many sports as the Varsity Blues, the Eagles are worth a try if intramurals can’t quite quench your competitive drive.
SPORTS HEALTH RESOURCES
David L. MacIntosh Sports Medicine Clinic: Physiotherapy, athletic therapy, massage therapy, acupuncture, and Chiropractic treatments.
Health Services (UTSG), Health and Counselling Center (UTM), Health and Wellness Center (UTSC): Nutritional services, general health inquiries, vaccines, and health and wellness information.
The Sports Clinic at UTM: Homeopathy, sports nutrition, arthritis, and sports medicine. All services are made by appointment.