Sports and UCSD
Sports are a great way to keep in shape while persuing an advanced degree. Check out some of these opportunities and have fun.
Intramural Sports Leagues
If you're looking to participate in sports leagues organized by the UCSD Intramural Department, you may be in for an uphill battle: while grads do play a wide variety of sports, it's the rare sport that draws a lot of grads. But there is hope.
A point about these sports: the intramural department usually runs coed leagues for these sports at various times of the year. Although volleyball leagues are single-sex during the Autumn Quarter, coed leagues are run during Spring and Summer Quarters. Bowling is always coed, as is floor hockey, although the former is Winter-Quarter only and the latter is Autumn-Quarter only. Basketball plays 3-on-3 half-court and 5-on-5 full-court during Autumn and Winter Quarters, both single-sex leagues, but coed 6-on-6 full-court during Spring Quarter. The important facet of all the coed leagues is that there must be at least as many women on the court at any time as men. We have found that there are usually far fewer women than men who are interested in playing these sports. We try to compensate by making a large push for women through our contacts in various classes and whatnot, but it makes our life much easier if each man tries to bring at least one woman into the organization, although it's not mandatory.
Anyway, the important thing to remember is that we do play sports, and that there are mail addresses for some of them. Also bear in mind that faculty and staff play various sports as well. Don't study all the time.
Besides intramurals, many students lately have started taking Recreation classes that are run out of RIMAC. Some that we've overheard people mention include: tennis (lessons), gymnastics, Scottish country dancing, trampoline workout, and a plethora of aerobics and martial arts classes.
If you find intramurals too structured for your casual lifestyle, don't forget that there are plenty of other opportunities to stay in shape. There are three recreation centers: Canyonview (534-4037, east of the Engineering building), the Rec Gym (just south of AP&M), and the meat-market RIMAC (north of AP&M.) These centers have facilities for racquetball, tennis, swimming, volleyball, basketball, and many others. And don't say you don't have a partner… ask around, post on the board, whatever. It's a good way to meet others. There is also a wide variety of sporting activities sponsored by the campus recreation center. These include rock climbing excursions to Joshua Tree, kayaking trips (day and overnight), and backpacking trips, among other things. Check it out.
Historically there have been regular games of:
- Pick Up Ultimate (the one true sport ;)
- Pick Up Basketball.
- Pick Up Golf (I would rather be driving green)
- Pick Up Volleyball
- Pick Up Soccer, Intramural Soccer
- Ice Hockey: there are three rinks within 30 minutes and one in the UTC Mall, all with thriving hockey leagues.
Also see the UCSD Recreation website, it has information on intramurals, facilities, classes, and the like.