Many students at Amarillo College participate in intramural sports, which are recreational activities organized within the institution. AC is a community college, but it has a lot to offer for students who want to pursue a career related to sports. Intramural Sports Coordinator Calee Follins is fairly new to AC, but she said intramurals is a great way to meet new people. The sports are assigned in different months to give most students a chance to compete.
Qualifications to participate in intramural sports are pretty low. “You pretty much sign a waiver, and if you do have a health issue, you need to take care of yourself,” Follins said. “There aren’t any specific criteria about grades or hours. You just have to be enrolled.” For a traveling team, the qualifications are more strict. “If you want to participate in a traveling team, then you have to have a 2.0 GPA, and you have to be in at least six hours of classes,” Follins said. AC offers many sports. “We do flag football, outdoor soccer, volleyball, basketball, sand volleyball, softball and paintball,” Follins said. When participating in those sports, equipment is needed. AC usually is equipped with the needed supplies and the students’ necessities during each event. “We have enough equipment for everything,” Follins said. “Softball might be the only one if you want a heavier bat or a lighter bat. We only have standard bats.”
The cost to be involved in all the sports is free unless you are a part of a traveling team. The price reserves your spot and covers the hotel cost that the college cannot cover. Many students get involved in the intramural activities. Brandon Dawkins, an electronics systems tech major, said he gets involved in whatever he can. “Intramural sports to me is a great way to continue to stay active, and it is also a great way to develop lifetime friendships that classes couldn’t offer you,” Dawkins said. He said he does not have time to join a traveling team but would if he could. Mike Rosales, a criminal justice major, also gets involved in the activities. “Being a part of a team makes college a lot more fun to attend,” Rosales said.