Community Life brings new spring sports

Ariana Berkemeier | Banner | Alex Silva, senior criminal justice major, a pitcher for the Lil Bats intramural softball team, attempts to catch a ball during the game on Jan. 30.

For the Community Life office at California Baptist University, continually finding ways to enhance intramural sports is a regular challenge, and this spring semester is no exception.

Currently, CBU students are competing in intramural basketball, with both competitive and coed leagues. This month, Community Life will hold championships to decide the intramural basketball winners at a championship event called CBU Jam.

Last year’s CBU Jam was held in the Events Center, but program director Marnie Kavern said the basketball championships will return to the Van Dyne Gymnasium this year.

“We’re going to move back to Van Dyne to make the space seem a little more full,” Kavern said. “Nothing is set yet, but we are going to have some good food out and some good entertainment.”

Additionally, both coed competitive and recreational soccer will kick off soon, with championships decided at the annual Lancer Cup event in March 2019. Kavern said the event typically draws a big crowd and the Community Life staff is looking for ways to further engage the community. 

New this semester was the introduction of a two-week softball tournament. Kavern said this is part of how the Community Life office uses student assessments to make changes, such as adding new sports or changing game times.

Part of making these changes is preparing for new challenges, which is why Kavern and the staff had to test out various models of low-flight softballs to ensure they could be used on the front lawn. 

The staff had to be sure softballs would not make their way too close to the Yeager Center or out onto the street during the course of the tournament.

“If there’s anything (students) ever want, just stop by the lounge and talk to our interns or send us an email,” Kavern said. “We would love to get what students want on our programming schedule.”

For Natalie Codding, sophomore graphic design major, participating in intramural sports has brought plenty of competitive success and chances for her to meet new people.

“Participating in intramurals has created so many amazing opportunities for me to form real and meaningful relationships with people in and outside of these competitions,” Codding said.

Ross Kwong, junior applied theology major, said he has been able to connect with international students through intramural basketball.

“It is a fun and competitive environment where relationships can be built and strengthened,” Kwong said.

In addition to the intramural sports seasons, Community Life will host several Rec-It Friday events throughout the semester including activities such as spike ball and arrow tag.

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