There's more to RecSports than basketball and football

Thursday, July 25, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Anytime the sun is shining, students will be out on Stankowski Field. Afternoons in the fall are filled with ultimate frisbee, flag football, soccer and jogs on the track.

Stankowski Field — "Stank" for short — is part of the MU Student Recreation Complex, and is located between the main MU Student Recreation Complex building and Greektown.

Stank is often a meeting point for students trying to form pick-up games as well as a venue for organized games and tournaments organized by MU RecSports.

RecSports is a clearinghouse for a wide variety of intramural sports such as volleyball, soccer and singles tennis. For those looking to get involved in something more offbeat, RecSports also has some unusual options.

One of these is inner tube water polo. In this sport, competitors are required to be seated in an inner tube at all times while playing. If they fall out, they are not allowed to touch the ball.

Inner tube water polo has been offered by RecSports for the last two semesters. Vince Markovitz, a junior, was on the team that lost in the championship game both seasons.

"For me, inner tube water polo was mostly about getting together with a bunch of my friends and playing a noncompetitive sport that none of us had played before or knew anything about," Markovitz said.

Markovitz's teammate Jonathan Sandiford said his favorite part is flipping opposing players out of their tubes, which is allowed so long as they have the ball, he said.

"Players are quickly reminded of how equally amusing and advantageous it can be to flip the tubes of unsuspecting loungers," Sandiford said jokingly.

Game times for all intramural sports — innertube water polo included — often vary depending on what time one chooses to sign up for. Markovitz said late game times were good because it allowed most of the team to make it to the game, "even if it meant going back to the library in wet shorts."

A list of the intramural sports the MU rec complex offers, as well as registration dates, can be found on its website.

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