Shekinah Duthie, Campus Carrier asst. sports editor
Taylor Corley, Campus Carrier editor-in-chief
Berry administration has worked throughout the semester to ensure that student activities remain as normal as possible despite the ongoing global pandemic. This includes continuing to host intramural sports, a significant aspect of social life on campus.
In order to comply with COVID-19 safety regulations, many changes were implemented into the intramural program. Changes ranged from limiting sporting options to mandating masks while in attendance. These precautions were also put in place to ensure that students felt comfortable while competing.
“It was different because we had to wear masks, obviously, so that was a little bit, like, annoying almost because it’s hot out there but I mean at the same time it’s what we have to do in these times,” junior Kristen Hunt a participant in the intramural softball competition, said.
According to Hunt, while everyone who participated kept their masks on for a majority of the competition, the sanitation rules were somewhat difficult to enforce given that students shared bats and softballs.
“Like all the faculty and staff did a great job of keeping their masks on for sure because I feel like they kind of knew they had to, but I feel like with everyone else it wasn’t really enforced that well,” Hunt said.
Despite any precautions or complications, athletes still maintained a sense of enthusiasm, and focused on the positive aspects of intramurals rather than the changes.
“You were supposed to be socially distant from other teams but within your own team you could be within six feet,” junior Walter Ellard said. ““I think they did a good job and I felt safe.”
For many students who look forward to intramurals, the sporting events are seen as a way to cope with the pressures of going to school during a pandemic.
“In this difficult time that we are in, [intramurals] have been a nice escape,” sophomore Cole McDaniel said.
Overall, according to student feedback, Berry’s precautionary steps were as adequate as they could be and students were grateful for the opportunity to compete in general.
“It was a good opportunity to get outside and be active, and to be able to play sports with friends,” Ellard said.
Many students were glad that Berry continued hosting competitions this semester given the impact of intramurals on student life, and felt the experience added value to their semester.
“It’s been a cool experience, something I will definitely cherish,” sophomore Parker Trump said.
Berry hosted seven intramural sports this semester including pickleball, tennis, sand volleyball, soccer tennis, disc golf, spikeball and softball. Currently, there are no scheduled intramural events for the upcoming spring semester.