Athletics have become a joke at UCSD. Although the University moved from Division III to Division II in 2000, sports have very little support around campus. There is no football team, and although some of the teams have done very well in competition and have gone on to the national level, no one pays attention. Unfortunately, the athletic teams receive very little funding, and there are no scholarships given out for athletics. Those who play on a team seem to enjoy it, but everyone else is oblivious to the sports on campus.
Intramural (IM) sports are a consistent favorite around campus. There is a large variety of sports played, and surprisingly, one of the most popular is coed innertube water polo. Intramural teams can be made up of friends, members of the same college, or complete strangers. Playing IMs is a great way to meet new people, spend time with friends, or relieve some stress. If you want to participate but want something less competitive or time-consuming, there are numerous sports and fitness classes offered at RIMAC and the Old Gym. Students enjoy cheap or free classes in anything from ballroom dancing to karate to weightlifting. Organized sports at UCSD are not popular, but physical fitness and keeping in shape is important to most students.