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12 OmnibusThursday, October 13, 1988
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' Most intramural activities at Carolina are
steeped with tradition. Carolina Tag Football, a
razzle-dazzle game unique to Carolina, was first
played on campus back in the early 1950s. But a very
recent addition to the intramural sport line-up, co- "
rec soccer, has quickly become a popular and
growing activity. -
First played just three years ago, co-rec soccer
(men and women competing on the same soccer
team) started at the suggestion of a few students.
That first year, two makeshift leagues were formed
the night of the organizational meeting, just ten
days before regular season play was set to begin.
From that first league of eight teams, the sport has
taken offin popularity. '.'.
In 1986, The Greeks won the first co-rec soccer
championship, defeating First Strike. Over ISO par- ;
ticipants competed in that regular season and
tournament, and no team forfeited a game during
the regular season-quite a statement about the
players' enthusiasm for, and commitment to, the
Two factors contributing to the popularity of co
rec soccer are the general interest in soccer, and the
increase in co-ed residence halls on campus. .With
co-ed residence halls, it is often easier to assemble a
team of five or six men and five or six women, than
having to find eleven or twelve people of the same
Last fall, 377 people played on 1 7 teams; and
this year, five leagues have been planned to accom
modate 20 co-rec squads. The 1988 intramural
soccer season opens October 24, but organizational .
meetings will be held next week.
Soon after the decision wasmade, then-Associate
Intramurals Director Wayne Going sat down :
with the students requesting co-rec soccer to
develop rules. Now the Intramurals Director, Dr.
Going remembers compile rules on short notice.
"We hadn't even sent out information about co-rec
soccer on the information sheet. Our main concern
was safety, so, I quickly had to outline some rules. I
shared them with Wade Wilson, one of the students
requesting co-rec soccer, and we offered our first
league," Dr. Going said. "Last year, we modified
those rules and now have an established activity."
In some ways, the explosion of co-rec soccer has ;
followed the popularity of women's soccer, in ,
general, on this campus. Back in 1978, only ten
women's teams entered the intramural regular
season. This season, just ten years later, eight
women's leagues have been formed for 24 teams
and that number of women doesn't include all of
the women participating in co-rec soccer! - . "
Dr. Going thinks that the phenomenal success
of Carolina's varsity women's soccer program six
national championships in the last seven years, and ,
the growing popularity of soccer in the United
States, in general, has led to an increased interest in
intramural soccer among women. .
" "It's a great activity for our program since
physical size doesn't dictate where you play," said
Dr. Going. "Also, it's an activity that people of all
skill levels can enjoy playing." .
While the women's soccer program is growing
quickly, the men's program has traditionally been "
strong. Fraternities and residence halls have always
entered teams, but even parts of the men's program
is growing. The number of independent soccer
teams have increased in the last few years.
"In the last several years," said Dr. Going,
"soccer is the fastest growing major team activity we
offer, in the number of teams and participants.
. Other major team sports have stabilized, but soccer
continues to grow."
Registration for this year's intramural soccer
seasons will be held at mandatory captain's meet
ings early next week. Team captains, rrmst attend
one of the two meetings, scheduled for Monday and
Tuesday, October 17 and 18. Both days, the meet
ings begins at 6 p.m. . '
Information sheets, describing the times set
aside for each league, are available in the Intramu
rals Office, 203 Woollen Gym.
Men's soccer has always been popular at Carolina. But recently,
participation in women's and co-rec leagues have increased
dramatically. -" ' .,
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