The arrival of the spring semester can only mean one thing: intramural basketball is upon us. This is the only time groups of students get the opportunity to organize themselves on FDU’s hardwood floor.
They call themselves names such as Team GPA, Old White Guys, Monstars and Scrubs. The league has gotten more serious as years have passed, with stricter rules in place.
All teams must follow the rules that have been installed. There are now specific guidelines for the games, which include rules pertaining to individual fouls, team fouls, substitutions, roster management and clock management. These changes are written in a formal guide.
FDU’s Intramural Director Michael Hebenstreit is cracking down on some of last year’s flaws.
For example, each player may only play on one team. If a student plays on a team that does not have him listed on their roster, then it will result in a forfeit for that team. This was a problem last year, as multiple players switched teams directly before a game.
Another huge problem for intramural basketball in previous years was the cancellation of games. Multiple teams would sign up for the season, and then miss numerous games as the season went along. Because those teams did not notify Hebenstreit ahead of time, their opponents would usually show up, only to be disappointed in having no one to play against.
Now that teams are penalized for not showing up, it does not happen frequently. Any game that a team misses without notification will go down as an unexcused forfeit. After two unexcused forfeits, the team will be removed from the league, and a team on the waiting list will take its place.
Last year was Hebenstreit’s first year heading the league. Before him, the league was run mainly by members of the baseball team. Being that intramural basketball is active around the same time as FDU’s baseball season, the basketball league received the short end of the stick. There were several years where the league ended prematurly because the league’s founding members had little time to devote to intramurals once their baseball season began.
Last year was the league’s first full season without a cancellation.
This season began on Feb. 13, and the first game was an intense one with whistles blowing, shirt pulling and hard fouls.
With the NBA’s All-Star Weekend approaching, students of all shapes and sizes tried to put on a show of their own.
Football players, former basketball players, communication majors, marketing majors and more participated in the festivities.
As a senior and a four-year participant, FDU student Alex McKay would be the first to say that this year’s intramural season is intense.
“This year’s league is stacked with competition and everyone is taking it seriously,” he said.