Has watching the World Cup got you itching to bring out your ol' high school cleats and try your luck at some headers again?

Or maybe the all-you-can-eat dessert buffet at the Center for Community is your kryptonite.

Either way, if you want to hit the ground running with soccer or tennis or "ultimate" (how the cool kids say ultimate Frisbee), the University of Colorado's got you covered with intramural and club sports on campus.

Don't want to play? You can also live vicariously through the Buffs' many talented varsity athletes or cheer them on with the student section, or C-Unit.


Intramural sports are the most casual way to play organized sports at CU. Teams in the intramurals program play other CU teams — it's only CU students versus CU students. You can play all the classics, like three-on-three basketball, ice hockey, football and soccer through CU's intramural sports programs. But you can also try your hand at sports like broomball, innertube water polo, wiffleball and rock, paper, scissors (yes, that's really an intramural sport.)


Fall registration takes place the first week of September, and winter sport registration usually happens during the third week of January. Spring sport registration takes place the first week of March. You can even play during the summer if you plan to stick around campus. Visit http://colorado.edu/recreation/intramuralsports/sports.html for official registration dates, more information, or to join a team.

If you're a player or two short, the intramural office has created this nifty CU Intramural Free Agent Facebook group (https://facebook.com/groups/48881459083/) to help you fill out your roster. You can even come up with a clever team name, like "Ball So Hard University" (basketball) and "Sweepin' it Classy" (broomball) to shout from the huddle when you win.

Club sports

Club sports requires slightly more commitment than intramurals. These teams employ part-time coaches and schedule practices that members are encouraged to attend. Club sports teams compete against other schools across the country, too.

CU fans do the roller coaster before the second half of a men’s basketball game in Boulder in January.
CU fans do the roller coaster before the second half of a men's basketball game in Boulder in January. (Cliff Grassmick / Colorado Daily)

There are more than 30 club sports to choose from, like baseball, cycling, equestrian, fencing, lacrosse, swimming and more.

CU is well known for competitive club programs. This year five teams brought home national championships — the triathlon, swimming and diving, men's freestyle skiing, men's lacrosse and the men's ultimate Frisbee teams all made Ralphie the Buffalo proud this season.

You get the idea. Buffs are athletic.

For more information about club sports: http://colorado.edu/recreation/clubsports/index.html.

Cheering section

Your odds of playing for the Buffs are pretty slim, but you can help out by cheering them on.

Though the football team has been going through a rough patch, but they appear to be on the up-and-up — they finished the 2013-2014 season with a 4-8 record, an improvement from their 1-11 finish in 2012-2013.

Last year, men's basketball team made it to the second round of the Big Dance, or NCAA tournament, before losing to Pittsburgh. The CU ski team has won 19 national titles, and finished 4th in the country last year.

You can help by hanging out with the C-Unit, CU's loud and vivacious student section, which shows up to most sporting events on campus. You'll find them wearing ridiculous amounts of black and gold apparel — often including body paint — or wearing silly costumes, like the guy who always dresses up like a banana.

CU's move to the Pac-12 Conference in 2011 and the men's basketball team's successes have given the student section new life in recent years. Basketball player Spencer Dinwiddie has even referenced the deafening roar and atmosphere created by the C-Unit when talking about factors that led to Buffs wins.

Here's how to join your fellow Buffs in the C-Unit:

Step one: Obtain black and gold paint, apply liberally to body.

Step two: Cover any other body parts with Buffs apparel.

Step three: Locate other similarly dressed people in the crowd.

Step four: Stand next to them, cheer loudly, jump up and down and sometimes hold a photo of a giant, floating head of a player above your head.

Buffing awesome.

Contact Camera Staff Writer Sarah Kuta at 303-473-1106 or kutas@dailycamera.com