by Laura Locke
As a recent graduate of Freed-Hardeman, the transition from college student to employee has in many ways been a strange one. It’s odd to come to campus each day and not attend classes or eat lunch in Gano Dining Hall or Lion’s Pride. And at the end of each day, I sometimes find myself starting off in the direction of the dorms before remembering that I now live in a house a couple of blocks off campus. Other transitions have been easier, mostly because they haven’t really involved much change at all. One example? Intramural athletics.
I was an enthusiastic participant in each of the primary intramural sports (softball, flag football, basketball, and volleyball) during my four years as a student at FHU. Now, “enthusiastic” doesn’t necessarily mean “talented” (once I scored a grand total of four points the entire basketball season), but I always had fun, so I was excited to learn that as a staff member at Freed-Hardeman I was still eligible to play on an intramural team.
My team is competing in Girls “A” (Single A), the lowest division. Most of the team has never played organized softball before college, and the talent level ranges from girls who are so thrilled to make contact with the ball that they almost forget to run to first base to a couple who played in summer leagues as kids. Mostly we’re just out there to have fun, laugh, and maybe get a bit of exercise, though we’d love to avenge last year’s heartbreaking championship finals loss.
For those with a bit more experience, the AA division offers a bit more competition, and the real heavy hitters (usually high school athletes) can show off their skills in AAA. Some of the more popular sports offer an A.5 division between A and AA, and teams are typically separated by gender, though some of the special short-season sports like dodgeball and ultimate frisbee are coed. The six social clubs all compete for points toward the club sports trophy, while independent teams compete for bragging rights and the coveted championship t-shirts.
The season has just kicked off, but I already have a run under my belt and an impressive-looking shin bruise from a stray ground ball, so it’s shaping up to be a good one. I’m looking forward to another year of having fun and making new friends the ballpark, on the field, and on the court at FHU!