Clark College’s women’s soccer team has had a very successful season. Now, they are sharing their success with the community.
Soccer players Ally Findlay and Sarah Teubner host intramural sports every Tuesday and Thursday on the center field between Hanna and Scarpelli Halls. These intramurals include a variety of outside sports, with a focus on inclusivity, accomodation and a mindfulness toward student time and energy.
“It’s more of a leisurely thing,” Teubner said. “I think one of the big things with volleyball, basketball and soccer is that people don’t want to get sweaty.”
Hosted by other students and Clark staff, intramurals have been held on campus for several years. This is Findlay and Teubner’s first time hosting the intramurals.
Findlay and Teubner do most of the work, including organizing and picking the sports, promoting games on social media and hanging flyers.
Gabby Bloom, a former soccer player, hosts basketball and volleyball intramural games on Fridays.
According to Teubner, Spring intramurals present an opportunity for unique sports, because the sun sets later and the weather is not as cold.
“We’ve implemented new things,” she said. “[We] brought back outdoor games like croquet, bocce ball, spike ball and frisbee golf.”
Teubner noted that intramurals are for every athlete, even athletes with limited abilities. They try to accommodate all players by lowering basketball hoops and being careful not to spike or pass the ball too hard.
Bowling night will also be making a comeback, which is one of the more accomodating sports, Teubner said.
Along with hosting and playing in the intramurals, the women also coach for the Washington Timbers, a program for youth players across Southwest Washington interested in soccer.
“We always play for the little girls,” Teubner said. “I guess the reason I always coach is so they will love me [like I love them].”
This does increase the pressure, but it also serves as motivation, Findlay said.
“Our little girls that we coach definitely look up to us as role models, which puts a little pressure on us,” she said. “But by us making mistakes, it shows the girls that it’s okay to make mistakes and as long as you learn from them you’re gonna be fine.”
This is also true in regards to the intramurals, according to Teubner and Findlay.
“In intramurals, we want to inspire people to play new sports,” she said. “We’re trying to get people to come try it out even if they’ve never played volleyball or spike ball.”
Findlay and Teubner both hope to encourage people to try sports they may not be good at. Findlay explained that when they jump in and play, despite having talent for soccer, they may not be as good at volleyball but play anyway.
They wanted to make a point that you don’t always have to be a professional athlete or even know how to play to join in a game. Overcoming challenges in a game is part of the fun.
Clark student Megan Barrett’s first time to the intramurals wasn’t intentional; she just happened to find them.
“I was on my way to class,” Barrett said. “I figured I’ll just hang out and enjoy my time.”
She decided to play frisbee golf, despite having not played in several years. At first she was not very good, although she got better after playing for two weeks, Barrett said.
Findlay and Teubner still have challenges in soccer that they have to overcome, despite their winning track record.
“For me, one of the biggest challenges is confidence, you have to be confident every time you get the ball,” Teubner said.
Findlay and Teubner still want to play and coach in soccer beyond Clark.
“I definitely want to keep practicing playing and eventually play with my kids,” Findlay said.
Findlay and Teubner have both been playing soccer since they were kids.
“All of my friends played soccer, so growing up we kind of grew up together playing soccer,” Findlay said. “Even though some of us aren’t close anymore, through sports you build a relationship that will never go away.”
“It’s less of memories and more of relationships,” Teubner said.