Intramural softball pulls all-nighter
Friday, September 14, 2007
By Stefanie Trent
fitting three weeks into one night. That’s exactly what Oklahoma
Christian University and Intramural Director Rick Judd had to do this
year for the intramural softball season.
With construction of the new baseball fields taking place at the old
intramural site and new intramural fields not yet finished, the
softball season took place in a one night double elimination
“We were supposed to have the new intramural field ready in time to
play this year. But the rain and storms we had at the beginning of the
summer put construction so far behind and we were left without any
fields on campus,” Judd said.
The tournament began at 7 p.m. last Friday night and lasted until
around 2 a.m. Saturday morning. Women’s social service club Gamma Rho
won the championship, and Chi Lambda Phi walked away champions on the
Once Judd made the decision to have an all-night tournament, he had to scramble to find a place to play.
“Finding a facility that had several lighted fields was a
challenge,” Judd said. “The first place I called just laughed at me
because they were so far behind because of the weather as well.
“Luckily, Boomtown had an open night and was willing to rent out their facility,” Judd said.
Judd also had to make sure he could properly staff the all night event.
“I also had to find alumni and students that were not going to play in
the tournament to referee. Most of the students that usually do that
were going to be playing,” Judd said. “The only other things I had to
do was put the brackets together and get pizza, snacks, and a few
“SGA was nice enough to provide funds for pizza and snacks so everyone should have had a good time.”
With the new tournament format, some students were torn between whether they liked playing all night or the normal season.
“I really liked the all night tournament better,” Gamma athletic
director Jill Davis said. “The atmosphere was great. There was lots of
food and energy, and it was just fun knowing all your closest friends
were all out there playing until 3 a.m.
“The only bad thing was when we were playing, all the good boy games
were going on too and we did not get to see any of their games.”
Student Jeremy Roberts also said that the conflict of game times took away from an overall exciting night.
“Going into it, I was definitely upset that we were not having the
regular season, but looking back, I was surprised that I liked the
tournament better,” Roberts said. “But when the stands are not full
because there are other games going on, it does take away from it a
Other students preferred regular season play completely, rather than the one night event.
“I preferred the season rather than the tournament because of the
longer play and the chance to grow sounder as a team as the season went
on,” Kappa Sigma Tau Athletic Director Bryson Holley said. “The
tournament left no room for new energy, body or mind renewal.
For some of the players in the tournament like Michael Harris, the one night tournament proved to be physically demanding.
“It was very strenuous by the end of the tournament,” Harris said. “I could barely keep my legs from buckling.
“Intramural softball is one of my favorite sports to play during the
fall semester, and it was pretty disappointing to find out it would
only be held for one night.”
Those opposed to the all night format need not worry. According to
Judd, next year the school will go back to a normal schedule for
Photo by Jonathan Cannon