Intramural Canoe Battleship encourages student leadership and stress relief during midterms

November 08, 2016

Hannah Harvey

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     A quiet canoe ride on the river is an ideal way for some people to relax and unwind after a stressful day.

     For others, a canoe ride may not sound so relaxing; it can be quite intense.

     The Recreation and Wellness Center will host the annual Intramural 4v4 Canoe Battleship tournament at the Rec Center pool from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on Nov. 9.

     Four canoes containing teams of four will battle each other with four buckets and paddles that will be used to splash water onto the opposing teams’ boat. The objective is to sink the other canoes while keeping their own afloat.

     There is no time limit to this event, and it will last until one canoe is left floating.

     Once teams are registered, they must show up at 7 p.m. the day of the event where they will receive a free T-shirt and Chipotle gift card for their participation.

     Student teams are also allowed to show up the day of the event. There is no limit to the number of teams who can participate in the event.

     One-day intramural events like these encourage students to become better leaders and create opportunities to relax and meet new people, according to Skyler Cook, coordinator of Competitive Sports.

     “Any of our sports require a captain to create the team so that gives them that leadership experience there (by) getting the team together and organizing it,” said Cook.

     According to Cook, most students sign up for Canoe Battleship the week of the event, as no students are currently signed up to compete.

     “Our number-one goal is to reach the students, get them involved and give them those opportunities to play together,” said Cook.

     “We’ve never had zero teams show up since I’ve been here. Usually, we can get at least three so we can get a somewhat decent bracket out of it.”

     Facilities that are used to house events, including Alpine Field and the Rec Center, are able to facilitate high volumes of people.

     “We really can house multiple teams on multiple courts and multiple fields, so that’s one thing we’re really excited about with our new facility here. Hopefully, we’ll get up to 50 teams and struggle for space, and get even bigger,” said Cook.

     With larger facilities come more opportunity for school sponsored events, students should use these opportunities to become more involved on campus, said Cook.

     Aside from leadership skills, benefits of getting involved include stress management, opportunities to relax your mind and social engagement.

     “My experience through college was that you get the most out of it when you get involved,” said Cook.

     Students can register for free on, but must pass a swimming test before participating. They may register as a team or as a free agent.

     For more information on 4v4 Canoe Battleship or one-day intramural events, visit uccs. edu/recwellness/campus-rec/ intramurals.