Intramural Sports and Special Events

Intramural Sports

The Intramural Sports program offers a variety of leagues and tournaments each quarter. Sports offered annually include flag football, indoor volleyball, softball, basketball, and outdoor soccer. Non-traditional sport leagues and tournaments such as dodgeball, archery tag, and esports may be offered throughout the year.

Intramural Sports are offered in different levels of competition by league type. We offer a range of leagues so everyone can enjoy intramural sports. Players can view statistics and rankings for their teams throughout the season for each sport offered.

Students, faculty, staff, and alumni with active memberships are eligible to participate in Intramural Sports. RecWell and Crimson Pass members are not eligible. Intramural Sports does not provide intercollegiate competition or practice time. All games are played between teams from within the University community.

  • Fall 2020 Intramural Sports Activities

    Intramural Sports details and registration takes place on Log in with your CWU credentials to sign up for any of the activities below.

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    Esports Recreational Play Rolling - Anytime!
    Basketball Skills Challenge Oct 1, 11:59pm Oct 5
    Soccer Skills Challenge Oct 1, 11:59pm Oct 5
    Esports Competitive Leagues Oct 1, 11:59pm Oct 1-Nov 13
    Flag Football Skills Challenge Oct 12, 11:59pm Oct 15 & 19
    HORSE Tournament Oct 14, 11:59pm Oct 21-22
    Pickleball Singles Oct 15, 11:59pm Oct 15-Nov 13
    Tennis Singles & Doubles Oct 15, 11:59pm Oct 15-Nov 13


  • Registration Process

    Intramural Sport registration takes place through IMLeagues. If you are creating a team for a sport league or tournament, there may be an additional fee to participate. Use your CWU credentials to log in. Click here for step-by-step instructions.

  • Levels of Competition

    CRIMSON – Recommended for advanced skill level, former athletes, and those seeking more frequent and higher levels of competition; there are no gender requirements to participate

    OPEN – Recommended for participants with less experience in the sport; participants will compete once a week in the spirit of recreational activity; there are no gender requirements to participate

    COREC – Recommended for participants with mixed experience in the sport; participants will compete once or twice a week with gender equity rules and regulations in place to provide equal opportunity for play

Extramural Tournaments

Extramural sport opportunities for basketball, flag football, esports, and more occur throughout the year on an annual basis. Regional tournament opportunities are available for teams and officials to advance their skills and try to earn bids to Nationals where applicable.

  • Extramural Tournament History 2019-20

    In Fall 2019, the CWU 5th Years won the on campus Crimson Championship and a bid to the NIRSA National Flag Football Championship in Round Rock, Texas. They went 1-2 in pool play and represented CWU for the first time in NIRSA National tournament history!

    In Winter 2020, the Crimson championship team 5th Years represented Central Washington University at the NIRSA Region VI Basketball Tournament at Eastern Washington University, along with Tune Squad (men’s open) and Lady Wildcats (women’s open). The 5th Years won the regional title and earned a bid to NIRSA National Basketball for Spring 2020.

    3 student officials from the Intramural Sports program represented CWU at the 2020 NIRSA Region VI Basketball Tournament at Eastern Washington University, along with 1 student on tournament staff.

Special Events

The Special Events program coordinates several annual events, which are open to all members of the campus community. Annual events hosted by Special Events include the Indoor Ironman Challenge, various 5ks/10ks and other races, and more.

Special Event registration takes place through our portal. Use your CWU credentials to log in, select programs, and special events to find the event that interests you. Special events may require an additional fee to participate.

  • Harvest Walking Challenge

    Harvest Walking Challenge Oct. 5th - Nov. 13th

    The Harvest Walking Challenge will take over 6 weeks from October 5 to November 13. For this FREE event, teams of up to 3 members will compete for most steps in the following categories:

    • Pumpkin (an average of less than or equal to 70,000 steps per week per member)

    • Turkey (an average of 70,000-85,000 steps per week per member)

    • Apple Pie (an average of 85,000-100,000 steps per week per member)

    Each week, the team captain will collect the step counts from their teammates and submit their team total. Steps can be earned from multiple activities that promote cardiovascular health, check out the conversion chart here! Prizes will be awarded to the top team in each category.

    Registration will take place via the Recreation Portal. Registration is due by Monday October 12 at noon, though walkers can start tracking their steps beginning October 5.

    Registration Link
    Weekly Step Submissions Link
    Conversion Chart Link

    Questions? Contact

  • Running Home! Virtual 5k/10k

    Sign up for the Running Home! Virtual 5k/10k challenge! Wildcats are welcome to sign up for this free event via the Recreation Portal between October 1 and October 17 at noon. All you have to do to be eligible for prizes is join the CWU Recreation Club on Strava and use the app to track your distance with running/walking/jogging/hiking. You have the whole week of homecoming, Oct 12-Oct 17, to complete 5k, 10k, or both for a total of 15k! Spirit Days will be offered throughout to share your Wildcat spirit, from where ever you are completing your 5k.

    Spirit Day submissions can be uploaded directly to your distance completed on Strava or emailed to You can also tag us on social media @CWURecreation, but must still submit a copy of your spirit day participation for tracking purposes!

    • Monday Oct 12: Show off your CWU Mask!
    • Tuesday Oct 13: Whacky Socks
    • Wednesday Oct 14: Wear CWU Crimson Gear
    • Thursday Oct 15: Wear Neon!
    • Friday Oct 16: Wear CWU Black or White Gear
    • Saturday Oct 17: Jersey Day!

Contact Us

Intramural Sports & Special Events - Shana Kessler
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA, 98926-7448
Phone: 509.963.3511