Student Life at York: Sports and Recreation

Posted by York & U on March 12, 2012


A York basketball player dodges her opponentsEvery student wonders about the freshman 15. While some debate whether or not it’s real, we all still wonder about whether or not we’ll fall victim to it. Fifteen pounds is 15 pounds, after all. One of the best ways you can avoid the freshman 15 – aside from eating healthy – is by getting involved in sports and fitness activities on campus. York offers students interuniversity and intramural sports as well as a variety of athletic clubs and fitness facilities.

York’s interuniversity teams, the York U Lions, take pride in their excellent records. York competes in over 40 varsity sports through the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) leagues. Student athletes are required to complete at least three two semester or six one semester courses per year as well as meeting several other eligibility requirements. York’s varsity student athletes are also eligible for scholarships and academic support, and have access to the Sport Injury Clinic.

Although they don’t offer scholarships, intramural sports are equally as beneficial as interuniversity sports. Intramurals are organized through the colleges’ athletic councils in conjunction with Sport York, and are held throughout the school year. Sports include traditional events such as football, basketball, soccer and softball but also range to include more experimental sports such as inner-tube water polo and ultimate frisbee.

Each sport is divided into two levels – tier 1 and tier 2. Tier 1 is meant for competitive athletes or those who prefer to play at a more competitive level, while tier 2 is more recreational. Tier 2 is great for anyone who is new to a sport or is trying to get back into a sport after a long break. Athletes are able to change from tier 2 to tier 1, but anyone who competes in tier 1 cannot change to the tier 2 team of that same sport.

The college intramural teams all compete for the York Torch. The torch is given to the college which accumulates the most points over the school year. Points are given based on attendance, participation and success.

Students are also encouraged to join athletic clubs. Athletic clubs provide students with the opportunity to participate in sports or activities that are not included in the interuniversity or intramural sports programs. Similarly to intramural sports, athletic clubs are divided into competitive and recreational levels. While recreational clubs engage in more leisurely activities, competitive clubs often participate in interuniversity sports with the University’s consent. A full list of all the athletic clubs is available on the York Sport & Recreation website.

If sports aren’t quite your thing, you are also available to use the fitness facilities on campus. York Sport & Recreation provides a range of fitness and lifestyle classes to students. These classes include yoga and dance as well as martial arts and other mind/body, sport and specialty classes. Even if you aren’t attending a class, you still have access to York’s exceptional recreational facilities, including two gyms, an indoor track, squash courts, swimming pools, tennis courts and an indoor driving range. Information about the athletic facilities on campus is available through Sport & Recreation website.

Fitness is an important part of student life, and York wants to help you keep as fit as possible during your studies. From sports teams to clubs to classes, the University offers a range of facilities and activities to keep you in shape and help you get involved on campus. For more information on the sports and fitness activities available on campus, visit the Future Students website.