The past week marked the end of the Spring regular season for intramural flag football, soccer, and basketball. It is now win or go home for all the teams moving on to the postseason.
Here’s a brief recap of what transpired this regular season. The following teams finished atop the standings of their respective sports’ division/section.
Captain John Michael Theofandies’s No Punt Intended.
Captain Jeffrey Martin’s Team 4
Captain John Shutler’s Avg_at_Best
Captain Chase Braun’s Team Braun
Captain Cody Griffith’s Space Force
Captain Jesse Wang’s The Hopfes
Captain Kyle Friedman’s Smol
Captain Charlie Taylor’s Net Six and Chill
Captain Darya Darvish’s SauceMoney
Captain Kenny Won’s Team Too
Captain Braden Hotra’s Real City Sporting FC
Click here to view the full standings for every sport.
Playoffs will start this Monday (5/19). Depending on how many teams in each division/section qualified for the postseason, this period should last anywhere from two to three weeks, with each team playing a single game per week. According to ASI, referees will be advised to more strictly follow intramural guidelines in the postseason than they did in the regular season to prevent bad sportsmanship among opposing players and maintain competitive integrity.
“The regular season was fun, but now in the playoffs, we are all aware that our season can end after just one bad game. We want to continue having fun,” said Jonathan Li, captain of the Division II flag football squad Show Us Your TD’s.
Every team involved in intramural sports is started by one or two enthusiastic students. They assemble all the players on their roster and attend mandatory meetings. These people are intramural team managers. They are the internal leaders of the intramural program.
Jonathan Li, a first-year chemical engineering major, is currently a team manager for a Division II 7v7 flag football team. This is his first year in intramurals all-together.
For many students, intramural sports are a chance to let loose and have fun with friends and peers. For Jon, they are a chance to not only have fun, but to assert athletic dominance and championship pedigree. This was Jon’s perception going into the Spring season, successfully recruiting around a dozen players who share his mentality.
However, Jon is by no means solely a team manager. He also assumes the role of an attentive and spiritual supporter for his players. His dedication to leadership is a key reason why is team is currently atop the Division II flag football standings this quarter.
Doerr Family Field is the newest practice, intramural, and recreational facility Cal Poly San Luis Obispo has to offer for its community, located on the south end of campus next to the newly refurbished track and field area, tennis courts, and the Grand Avenue parking structure.
Ground broke in July of 2017 and construction lasted seven months until it was dedicated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on February 2, 2018. To learn more about the ribbon-cutting ceremony, visit Doerr Family Field.
Named after the family of former Cal Poly football player and alumni Richard A. Doerr, the 140m site includes a standard 48.5m x 109.1m synthetic turf football field, a pair of filming towers, a shed area, lighting, and a scoreboard on the north end of the field.
In May of 2017, Cal Poly Corporation, a non-profit organization that provides financing and service for Cal Poly, donated a generous fund of $750 thousand to the construction of the Doerr Family Field. This was one of the heftiest donation the $4.8 million project had received.
The field is shared by not only various Cal Poly sports, but by Associated Students Inc. (ASI), marching band, and students alike.
“This project represents exactly what the Cal Poly Corporation is all about and what we work hard to do – to support Cal Poly and to work with others to create a positive impact for this campus,” said Lorlie Leetham, executive director for Cal Poly Corporation, in an article by the Corp’s media center (Cal Poly Corp.).
With Doerr field being publicly available for the entire Cal Poly community to enjoy for over a year now, and since it has been an enormous edition to the intramural program, it’s important to appreciate how it has impacted campus as a whole. Here is what goes on at the field on a regular basis:
Doerr Field serves as a venue for competitive students not associated with intramurals or university sports to partake in some of their favorite physical activities. These activities most commonly include tossing frisbees and playing spikeball, also referred to as roundball.
The marching band often conducts their practice performances on Doerr family Field before sports games. Students, visitors, or faculty members walking past the field are frequently treated to resounding music.
Almost everyday of the week, the field is used by any of the 21 recognized Cal Poly athletic teams. Practice hours and claims to the field vary among teams, but the football team tends to be the most avid user, with their practices taking place early in the morning.
And, of course, Doerr Family Field has been of great help to ASI intramurals. It serves as a new and extra venue for outdoor intramurals. Sports that occur on Doerr Field include 7v7 flag football, ultimate frisbee, and soccer.
“The field has been very convenient for ASI and everyone involved in intramural sports because now referees and players don’t always have to travel across the entire campus to the old practice fields.” said in a statement by the ASI intramural office.
There is no doubt that with the increasing reliability on Doerr Family Field to accommodate various Cal Poly events and programs, it will continue to be a hot-spot location on campus.
On April 18th, the NCAA set forth sanctions against California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo over incentives given to Cal Poly student athletes by the Cal Poly Athletic Department for textbooks.
Not only does Cal Poly have to pay a $5000 fine for breaching NCAA code, but they will no longer get to recognize any wins or postseason participation in any athletic activity over the past 3 years.
Reaction to this news has mostly been negative.
Even national figures like former Detroit basketball coach and current sportscaster Dick Vitale had thoughts of their own on the controversy…and they weren’t positive.
What will be left for interpretation right now will be whether this news will impact intramural sports participation. With Cal Poly’s major sports programs fulfilling limited success, will these NCAA sanctions reduce any sort of competitive spirit for on-campus sports in general? Only time will tell because no drastic effects on intramural sports participation have been noticed yet.