Intramural page receives remodeling

Intramural page receives remodeling

Nathan Bottiger

Junior Siddharth Savani, red shirt, and other members of the Soccer club practice Saturday for their intramural season before their pick-up game.

Nathan Bottiger, Managing Editor

This summer Pitt-Johnstown’s sports webpages received a renovation in appearance, and the changes may be beneficial to more than university supported sports.

In the past, the website’s intramural sports section was situated in a different part of the school’s website, but now it is with the sports section and seems much improved.

The new page is located in the athletics pages under the Inside Athletics tab under the subsection-listed intramurals.

Students who participate in intramural sports can now find more than the standard rules and regulations on the site, which includes detailed schedules and sign up deadlines.

The site has the in- season sports prioritized at the top of the list, but also includes the rules and regulations for all sports that the university offers, that are later in the year as well.

Intramural Director Elissa Till said the new website format provides an easier environment to convey information to students.

“I hope students utilize the site for answers to the general questions regarding the intramural leagues, sign up dates, and game schedules.”

Till said she still received late entries for the intramurals that needed to be submitted last week, but she understands that students have busy schedules and can’t always make signing up their teams a priority.

“I do believe students will be more aware of the deadlines of the upcoming leagues.”

In addition to a more informed student body, Till said the site shows promise in gaining further interest in intramurals.

“The site will bring more interest to the program and what UPJ has to offer, especially to freshmen and new students.”

Till said she has control over the content of the page, but the setup and maintenance is done by the Sports Information Department.

Junior Siddharth Savani, a co-ed outdoor soccer participant, said he likes the new website design and thinks the students will respond well to it.

“It’s a really good idea to make the intramural sports information available online for the students to access at any given time at one place.”

Savani said the previous way of gaining information about the schedule was far too confusing and unreliable.

“It will make accessing information about the games easier compared to previous years,” Savani said.  “Having the schedules posted online will allow the students to know about their games without asking their respective captains”

He said on some occasions teams would have to forfeit games due to a lack of players.

Junior David Okwaise, a captain of the outdoor soccer team No Rules Redemption, said he knows the problematic system too well.

Okwaise said trying to communicate the games schedules to all members of the team was a tedious task that was not very efficient.

Okwaise said he has had issues in the past with attendance for this reason, but he thinks the website might help change that.

“It’s a very smart idea,” he said. “It makes everything look so professional, and I believe the website will definitely affect attendance.”

Okwaisie said he thinks this season will go a lot smoother now that there is a centralized form of information.

“I just refer my teammates and friends to the website whenever they have any questions about the rules or schedules.”