At this point, students are about a month into the Fall semester. It is at this point into the new semester that students both new and old have a general idea of how their own daily schedule works out for themselves. This includes about how much time is needed for relaxing, sleeping, and how much studying and reading time is needed for each class. They know for the most part which classes requires intense studying and homework two hours each and every night and which classes requires just your attendance in the class and, at the very least, 65% interest to get an A in. That being said, it is at this point in the next school year that university, club, and intramural athletics get up and running with interest.
The fall university sports on campus play their first matches to kick off the month, with the university’s cross country team kicking off the month with the Elon Invitational with the first race of the year. The Women’s Tennis team spending the past weekend traveling to Elon, NC for the Elon Fall Invitational. And as the seasons for the university teams hit the ground running, on campus, the club and intramural sports seasons starts for students on campus who wish to participate in them.
This past weekend alone, the club sports season began for four different clubs: Saturday afternoon saw the Men’s Rugby team play host to Appalachian State University while the tennis club host the 49ers of UNC Charlotte on the Tennis Courts. Sunday saw the Women’s Soccer Club travel to Greenville to compete against East Carolina State while the Men’s Soccer Club host UNC Chapel Hill and St. Andrews. Also this weekend, the Bass Fishing Club competed in their second competition, traveling to Badin Lake for the Cashion Campus Clash.
This upcoming weekend will see even more action, with the Rugby club traveling for their final scheduled match to Elon University and the Football Club kicking off their season and UNCG Football’s program by hosting the Tar Heels on Saturday at 1. According to the club schedule on the club sports website, the month of September looks to be a real busy month for these squads.
Aside from the Rugby team’s Elon match and Club Football’s first game here on campus, both Men’s and Women’s Soccer will be traveling off campus for morning and early afternoon matches versus the Blue Devils of Duke and Wildcats of Davidson. The Bass Fishing Club’s busy month will also see their third competition when they travel to Randleman Lake on the September 20. The weekend of the 24th will see the opening days for the Equestrian Club and the Women’s Rugby Club with the Rugby Club hosting Western Carolina and the Equestrian Club traveling to Danville, VA. Also that day, the Tennis Club will be traveling to High Point University while the Football Club will be hosting Kennesaw State. That Saturday and Sunday, Women’s Soccer will host Appalachian State and travel to NC State, ending the month of September for Club athletes. The next club sports competitions won’t begin until the first day of October, when the Quidditch Club begin their season by hosting their fourth Minerva Cup here on the Rec Field.
Also opening up this month is the intramural sports season, for students who want to compete against each other without having the travel, time, and financial requirements that come with club sports. The past week saw sign ups for Flag Football, Sand Volleyball, Outdoor Soccer, Innertube Water Polo, Floor Hockey, Racquetball, Table Tennis, and Badminton. This and next Monday will see the team captains for each sport meet to determine scheduling and review the rules, both new and old, for the upcoming intramural season.
As the school year now is in full swing, it will be fun again seeing a soccer match or flag football game every night when walking home. For the next few months, the sounds of cheering, yelling, trash talk, and play calling will be prevalent on the rec field.