http://campusrec.uncg.edu Sat, 06 Feb 2016 06:00:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 2016: New Beginnings http://campusrec.uncg.edu/2016-new-beginnings/ Wed, 27 Jan 2016 05:18:11 +0000 http://campusrec.uncg.edu/?p=15868 The Department of Campus Recreation trained a new class of student officials last week to referee club and intramural sports. “You keep coming back and you get better at it,” said returning student referee Sheridan Whiting. The big challenge, he said, is “separating your friends from the professional when you put on the stripes.” Eli […]

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Officials TrainingThe Department of Campus Recreation trained a new class of student officials last week to referee club and intramural sports. “You keep coming back and you get better at it,” said returning student referee Sheridan Whiting. The big challenge, he said, is “separating your friends from the professional when you put on the stripes.” Eli Coe, Intramural and Club Sports Supervisor, said that basketball brings out the most students who want to referee. The most important requirement, according to Coe, is “keeping your cool.” “You can’t argue with a player,” he said. “You tell them one thing and then you walk off.”

Fitness AssessmentFree fitness assessments were held last week at the Student Recreation Center. Students had their blood pressure and BMI checked and were put through a short workout. “We want them to be more aware of the personal training we offer,” said Lydia McCall, program assistant for personal training. “We’ve had a good response from students.” Although our free fitness assessments are now over, students can still sign-up for a fitness assessment or other personal training services. Visit our Personal Training page for more information.

View additional photos from both events by clicking on the images below.

Officials Training

Fitness Assessment

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Through the lens… http://campusrec.uncg.edu/through-the-lens/ Fri, 13 Nov 2015 04:37:32 +0000 http://campusrec.uncg.edu/?p=15505 It’s strange that I became a sports photographer. I’ve never been much of a fan; music has always been more my thing. But seeing the action through the camera lens is different from watching it online or on the TV. After I graduated from photography school in 2008 I landed a job as a high […]

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basketball photoIt’s strange that I became a sports photographer. I’ve never been much of a fan; music has always been more my thing. But seeing the action through the camera lens is different from watching it online or on the TV. After I graduated from photography school in 2008 I landed a job as a high school sports photographer for a yearbook company, covering schools in a three-county area. From the first football game on a muggy late August night to the last bat crack of the final baseball game in the spring, I photographed all the programs at each school.

So I’m really enjoying my job as a photographer for Campus Rec. As an older, non-traditional student, it gives me a chance to be involved with the UNCG community outside of class. I photograph the club and intramural teams; some of you have probably seen me on the sidelines for lacrosse, basketball or soccer. This being my first time attending a four-year school, I’m impressed by all the activities offered to students. It also seems that college-age people are more concerned with health and fitness than my contemporaries and I were when I was their age. That’s a good thing; make it a habit now and it’s easier to stick with it as you get older.

Next spring I plan on covering even more activities, now that I’ve got a good handle on my school/work/life balance. I’m looking forward to documenting the life of Campus Rec, my fellow staff that work here and the fellow students who use the programs and facilities.

View some of Dan’s photography by clicking on the images below.

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What club sports has meant to me. http://campusrec.uncg.edu/what-club-sports-has-meant-to-me/ Fri, 06 Nov 2015 16:56:48 +0000 http://campusrec.uncg.edu/?p=15470 I am Timothy Adesanya. I’m a sophomore at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. I play one sport in particular, soccer and I love it so much. The only part I disagree with our soccer rules is that we are not allowed to tackle a player to the ground. If that was possible, soccer would […]

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I am Timothy Adesanya. I’m a sophomore at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. I play one sport in particular, soccer and I love it so much. The only part I disagree with our soccer rules is that we are not allowed to tackle a player to the ground. If that was possible, soccer would be so much more fun. But oh well, I still love the sport. Soccer is also one of the club sports offered by UNCG Campus Recreation. Amongst other sports like Basketball, Bass Fishing, Equestrian, Fencing, Football, Lacrosse, Quidditch, Rock Climbing, Running, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, and Volleyball.

This is just amazing. Even sports you never expected like Quidditch and Fencing are offered by the Campus Rec. Coming down to The University of North Carolina Greensboro, I didn’t expect to play any club sports or at least didn’t know I had that privilege. But my first few days here at UNCG I played soccer with some of the Soccer Club and Rugby Club players. By doing that I got to learn about the UNCG Men’s Soccer Club. I played with the soccer club all throughout my freshman year, playing against great universities like Elon University and University of North Carolina Pembroke. The fun part about playing soccer is that I got a perfect nickname that I know would soon be all over campus. My soccer buddies call me THE BULL, just because I try to crush other players.

To cap it all, I currently work with the Intramural & Club Sports programs. Believe me when I say that this is the best job a college student could ever have. I have the chance to witness club sports first hand, get to watch great sports like Football, Lacrosse and Quidditch. It just made my college experience more interesting. One advice I’d give to students who are still thinking about playing a club sport, don’t think about it just do it. The key to having fun in these sports is to go for it without wasting any time thinking about it. Trust me it’s worth it, remember don’t think about it just go for it you would thank me later.

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Becoming a Personal Trainer http://campusrec.uncg.edu/becoming-a-personal-trainer/ Mon, 02 Nov 2015 20:34:31 +0000 http://campusrec.uncg.edu/?p=15295 Learn about one student's journey to become a personal trainer.

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Start with your feet shoulder width apart, feet pointing forwards. Keeping your weight on your heels, bend at the knees while keeping your chest up. When thinking about keeping your chest up, think about wanting to make sure that everyone in the gym can read your t-shirt. Be sure to focus on your breathing, inhaling during the down portion of the squat, exhaling on the way up. Ok, now it’s time for you to try squatting.

Personal training has been an incredible experience for me. Helping people fine-tune their goals and watching them make progress is a special opportunity that personal trainers have the privilege of experiencing. Training is more than just developing an exercise program; it’s about establishing relationships and trust as well.

Becoming a trainer isn’t easy, but by taking the ACE Personal Trainer Course at the Rec Center can help. It’s a great tool to improve your knowledge base and practice your skills before taking the certification exam. For anyone considering this path, I would encourage you to follow it. Its worth the time and work that you put in to it, and you’ll get more out of it, the more you put in. Check out the Instructor Training Courses page to learn how you can become a personal trainer today.

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Working at Campus Rec http://campusrec.uncg.edu/working-at-campus-rec/ Mon, 05 Oct 2015 04:05:49 +0000 http://campusrec.uncg.edu/?p=15103 When I applied for a job here, I was looking for a position that would build my experience in the field of health and fitness. I quickly realized that working for Campus Rec is so much more than a resume builder or just a way to get some extra money. From the information session to […]

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When I applied for a job here, I was looking for a position that would build my experience in the field of health and fitness. I quickly realized that working for Campus Rec is so much more than a resume builder or just a way to get some extra money. From the information session to the interview, I could tell that our professional staff genuinely wanted to learn about me and how I would fit on the Campus Rec team, including my opportunities for growth within the department. During our training sessions we were encouraged to establish meaningful and realistic professional, academic, and personal goals. Unlike other places of employment, our professional staff and supervisors are very understanding that we are college students first. In addition to the convenience of working on campus, the shifts we work are very reasonable and respects class as a priority.

Working at the rec center feels a lot like being a member of an on-campus organization that not only promotes healthy living, but also fosters growth and development in a fun environment. Everyone here is completely willing to answer questions which enables me to learn, grown and build my confidence within the world of campus rec. I have only worked here for a couple of months and already feel like an appreciated and valued member of the Campus Recreation family. There is really no hesitation to recognize when another employee is doing great job or is going beyond their job requirements. No matter where I see them, my campus rec family always speaks to me and asks me how I’m doing. We help motivate each other to achieve our fitness goals, academic goals and professional goals. I’ve been able to have meaningful conversations with other employees that have inspired steps toward my career and decisions about grad school that I had never considered before. In the short time that I’ve been here I have gained so much more than a paycheck, which is truly an amazing feeling.

There are so many positions here at Campus Rec, so if you are interested in joining our team, visit http://campusrec.uncg.edu/about-us/employment/ and fill out an application today!

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En garde! Ready! Fence! http://campusrec.uncg.edu/en-garde-ready-fence/ Fri, 25 Sep 2015 13:00:25 +0000 http://campusrec.uncg.edu/?p=14946 There are many sports on campus that you can choose from. There are intramural sports, club sports, and we have division one sports that you can join as well. Most of the students who do sports either do intramural or club sports and there are multiple options that you are able to choose from. Today […]

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There are many sports on campus that you can choose from. There are intramural sports, club sports, and we have division one sports that you can join as well. Most of the students who do sports either do intramural or club sports and there are multiple options that you are able to choose from. Today I am going to be writing about a sport that I only saw in movies until I came to UNCG and decided to give it a shot. Fencing is that sport and not one that people normally think of as a sport.

In high school I was on the swim team and swam for 4 years of my life. Coming to college I decided that I wanted to do something different and try a new sport. That new sport happened to be fencing. I have been doing it for three years now, and have competed in a few different tournaments. Fencing is not your typical sport because it doesn’t evolve the use of balls of any kind, you have no physical contact with someone, and it causes you to think about what you are going to do next as you are fencing. Fencing is a sport that plays with blades, instead of balls, for fun.

There are three different types of blades that people can choose from to fence with and within each blade there are different rules and regulations. Foil is the blade that the other two blades are based off of. With foil there is something called priority and if you lose that when fencing you can lose the point. To get the point in foil you stab your opponent in the chest region. Saber is the other priority blade but people fence it much different than they fence foil. Saber is the fastest of the three blades and you run at your opponent, properly of course, to get your point that lands anywhere waist up. The blade contact is quick because you are both running at each other but extremely precise because you only have a split second to think about what you want to do. The last blade and the blade I love is epee. Epee is the blade with no rules, or extremely little rules. You are able to hit your opponent anywhere from their toe to their head and anywhere in between. Hitting people in the toe allows them to lose faith in themselves and you damage their pride. I was fencing epee on Thursday at practice and managed to hit someone hard in the toe. This not only bruised their toe but it bruised their pride with the fact that I was able to pull this move off.

The fencing club is a club like nothing else. We play with blades and stab our friends for fun. No one gets hurt beside minor bruises from someone hitting too hard, but everyone loves it all the same. We enjoy showing off bruises. This year we are able to compete so much more because we have more club members and we have two away competitions to go to in October and one home competition in the beginning of November. I am the President of this wonderful club and couldn’t be happier with how much everyone who does it enjoys it and how happy I am when others and I get better bit-by-bit.

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Putting on the Stripes http://campusrec.uncg.edu/putting-on-the-stripes/ Fri, 18 Sep 2015 04:42:37 +0000 http://campusrec.uncg.edu/?p=14929 Intramural Sports provides us students with the opportunity to play sports, have fun, be active and helps to keep up your competitive edge. They offers leagues for the students that are run by students, meaning that we need officials to help control, maintain and regulate the games. We use officials for several sports such as […]

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Intramural Sports provides us students with the opportunity to play sports, have fun, be active and helps to keep up your competitive edge. They offers leagues for the students that are run by students, meaning that we need officials to help control, maintain and regulate the games. We use officials for several sports such as flag football, indoor/outdoor soccer, basketball, volleyball and dodgeball.

During Intramural Officials training, we are always looking for new, passionate employees to become part of our team. Although you may be thinking, “I do not know any rules about certain sports,” that is all right because here at the UNCG, we conduct training sessions that will provide you will all of the knowledge that you will need to know to become a successful official. We do not require that you start out knowing the rules, but having a general knowledge or prior experience is always encouraged!

I first began to officiate basketball, then moved on to officiate flag football the following season. Without having any prior knowledge of the sport, I learned, conquered and excelled at becoming a solid official of flag football. This training opportunity has opened up a lot of doors for me and I now am able officiate events on a professional scale. So don’t be shy!

Over the past two weeks we began our first training session for flag football and had a great turn out of prospective officials. Outdoor soccer officials training began earlier this week. So, if you want to become one of our awesome staff members, apply today on the website at http://campusrec.uncg.edu/employment. Join our Intramural Sports family and apply to be an official today.

Hope to see you out on the field,

Maili Williamson
Intramural & Club Sports Supervisor

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