Hey everyone! Since I last posted the Trojans lost a heartbreaker in South Bend, but also beat the #3 ranked Utes to get back on track for the rest of the season. Everyone and their mothers are headed up to Berkeley this weekend for the annual Weekender trip, but I’ll be enjoying a much-needed relaxing weekend here in LA.
Since I talk about Trojan football all of the time I figured this week I would take some time to tell you about my favorite sport, baseball, and other ways that students here at SC stay active on campus.
Playing baseball since I was 4 and umpiring games for over 5 years, I knew I wanted to stay involved in the game when I came to SC. As you can read in my previous blog, I currently coach a Little League team in the nearby area with one of my friends, but there are other ways in which I can stay connected to America’s past time.
First off there is the club baseball team. One of several club teams on campus, the club baseball team practices a few times a week and plays in tournaments and exhibition games year round. Like most club teams they will travel on weekends, and offer students a competitive, but less intense experience than playing Division I sports.
Speaking of DI sports, our varsity baseball team is the most decorated baseball program in the history of the NCAA, and finished last season with an appearance in the College World Series playoffs. Games are held in the Spring and are free for all current students, and you can usually get free food and swag for going to the games! My favorite memory from last year was watching an unranked SC team beat #4 TCU on a walk-off sac bunt in extra innings.
USC baseball makes statement with wins over three top-10 teams http://t.co/WoIFWWEBCK #LosAngeles #News pic.twitter.com/EsZxV94vyv
— Breaking LA News (@FollowLANews) March 9, 2015
On a more personal level I like to stay involved with baseball with my friends who also grew up playing baseball. With several fields and parks on or around campus we usually make an effort to play catch a couple times a month, and every once in a while we’ll rally a group of guys together to go play wiffle ball on a Sunday morning.
If baseball isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other ways to stay involved in the sports you played in high school. USC has intramural programs for basketball, flag football, soccer, dodgeball, and much more, as well as the several Club and Varsity teams I mentioned earlier. If you want something less structured you can always find people wanting to start pick-up games and have some casual competition. Want to get involved in a different way? Check out USC Coaching Corps to be a volunteer coach for a sports team that plays around campus; it’s a great way to give back while also making great relationships.
So there you have it: sports! Whether I’m playing, coaching, or watching I always get excited about athletic competition, and it’s so cool to go to a University with so many others that feel the same. Keep your eye out for Trojan football this weekend, and #BeattheBears!
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The Trojans have landed in Oakland. Let the Weekender begin. #BeatTheBears#FightOn
— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) October 30, 2015