by Tom Chambers
University of La Verne Intramurals have kicked off the year with co-ed volleyball. Senior Dan Miyashiro and junior Joey Gill of the Associated Students Federation (ASF) Forum are in charge this year and have plans to make intramural sports something special.
“I feel like I’m doing something for the school. I’ve been here four years and I felt like it was time to give back to the school,” said Miyashiro.
“The student response has been really positive,” said Gill.
Both are experiencing their first semester on ASF and admit that they have taken on responsibilities that they did not have before. Gill says the work is tough but rewarding. They go to Michael Houdyshell, coordinator of campus activities and commuter services, for advice on matters that they are unsure of, but said Houdyshell gives them a lot of space with which to work.
“Intramurals are great. I think it really helps the school community, and Joey and Dan are doing a fine job with it,” said Houdyshell.
There are three sports locked in for the year: volleyball, basketball and indoor soccer. Miyashiro and Gill are trying to keep their ears open to new ideas. They encourage students to suggest ideas for new sports and say that they will consider them seriously. Flag football, softball, and water polo are a few sports they are thinking of adding. Although certain sports present certain problems. Miyashiro and Gill think softball would be difficult due to lack of participation. Football could also be a problem. Both want to avoid injuries and insist that safety is a key issue in deciding what sports are played.
“Volleyball has been going great, I even almost spiked once. But I would really like to see flag football this year,” said junior Rob Philpot.
This year T-shirts will be handed out to the winners in each sport. ASF paid $300 for the shirts and also have allotted additional funds for trophies for the winners of the basketball intramural.
Each student wishing to participate in intramurals must sign a waiver to play. This protects the school from lawsuits against students who are injured during intramural activities. By rule, students are required to have health insurance when they enroll in school, so coverage is not an issue. Students who want to recommend ideas for intramural sports can reach Miyashiro or Gill at the ASF office, ext. 4677.
Intramural volleyball takes place on Thursday nights starting at 10 p.m and go to about 11:30 p.m. in the gym. Miyashiro and Gill are making plans to reschedule the volleyball finals after Thanksgiving.