Sports can help students maintain a healthy social and physical life, despite the many demands they face.

In addition to the popular intramural sports at BYU-Idaho, the fall semester will get started with an all-inclusive event on Tuesday, September 16.

“We have a fun night scheduled for tomorrow night called ‘Sports Kickoff’ and that’ll be Tuesday night from 7 o’clock to 8:30,” said Trent Shippen, sports adviser with Student Activities at BYU-Idaho.

That event will offer opportunities for students to play a variety of sports at the BYU-Idaho Center, the Upper Fields and at the Sports Complex. He said cross country will be meeting to do a run that night, as well.

Long-term options for sports on campus include both competitive and recreation leagues in basketball, flag football, soccer, softball, cross country, rugby, volleyball, water polo and ultimate frisbee.

Individual tournaments will also be held for pickleball, bowling, walleyball and quidditch. Student activities will even offer drop-in classes on Saturdays for fencing and floor hockey.

“The biggest benefit probably is they gain a lot of friends … sports is a great way to get to know a lot of friends,” Shippen said. “The balance is important too. The social part of campus life is such an important thing.”

Shippen also explained that sports offer opportunities to build leadership abilities and provide ways for students to serve and get involved with those around them.

For more information about how you can get involved contact the Activities Department at 208-496-7300 or online at