Intramural sports to return to campus next week

Students can participate in outdoor basketball, soccer and cornhole leagues if they complete Trojan Check and sign up through Intramural Sports.

Intramural sports are coming back to USC, according to an email sent to the USC community on March 24. Sign ups are already open for outdoor basketball, soccer and cornhole and games, which will begin on March 30.

L.A. County recently loosened restrictions, allowing USC to open up its intramural program with the hopes of returning to a sense of normalcy.

“We just wanted to give students an opportunity to just get out, maybe do some sports with their friends,” said Jason Moran, head of intramurals and club sports at USC. “Make it as normal as we possibly can during this time.”

USC junior and intramural veteran Blake Amann is thrilled about things returning to normal.

“Intramurals were a big part of my USC experience,” said Amann. “I still remember my last day on campus when we went online. I was supposed to play in the basketball intramural championship at the Galen Center the next day, but never got to play. I can’t wait to get back out there.”

Basketball games will be played on the outdoor courts on campus, instead of at the Galen Center like they usually are. Soccer and cornhole are going to be played at Brittingham Field.

Moran said the intramural staff chose these three sports to begin with because of their popularity with students on campus, especially basketball and soccer. He also cited their easy setup as another reason why they are the first ones welcomed back to campus.

In order to participate in intramural sports, students must complete Trojan Check through the app or website, which includes testing twice a week and getting their flu shot. Masks must be worn at all times.

While this may seem like a lot to play in a 45-minute basketball game, sophomore Timon Sun said these requirements don’t deter him from wanting to play.

“I miss competing and playing against someone else I do not know,” Sun said. “I played a lot of sports in high school and coming to USC, sports were always such a big part of my life and I really missed it during the pandemic.”

Sun participated in intramural soccer and basketball, and even refereed right before the pandemic. He is excited to compete again.

Intramural sign ups opened up March 24, and Moran said most of the spots have already been taken. Moran anticipates having to open more windows to play because so many students have registered.

“We actually got a good amount of interest in basketball, we’ve actually kind of overfilled,” said Moran. “And then soccer is starting to fill up as well. That was with one day of registration opening up.”

As the semester begins to ramp up towards finals, Moran thinks intramural sports will be a great way for students to let loose and have fun.

That’s exactly what Amann plans on using intramurals for during the pandemic.

“When I was really stressed with school, playing basketball was a great stress reliever,” said Amann. “I can’t wait to be back on the court and hope it brings some balance to my life.”

Intramural sports begin on March 30 and students who are interested can register here.