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Athletics

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College Freshman

Athletics: We really don't have any athletics here on campus, there are teams but I've never been to a game...

1 College Freshman

Athletics: There are no varsity sports. Only intramural. We all pay attention to BYU Provo instead. I think they got rid of varsity sports to decrease rivalry between us and BYU provo

3 College Junior

Athletics: I like the indoor track.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Not big into sports so it is hard to say anything.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: There are tons of intramural sports to choose from. Plus the gym is free for every student and their spouse. It doesn't get overcrowded too often.

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Since becoming a four-year university, BYU-Idaho (formerly known as Ricks College) removed its competitive intercollegiate sports programs to provide funding for a variety of other student pursuits. Part of the reasoning in eliminating competitive sports was a concern of cost and the underlying purpose of the school. A large portion of student tuition is subsidized through tithing paid by members of the Church of Latter-day Saints. Because the University wants to use these tithes in the most advantageous way possible, more money is put into academics, activities, and intramural sports that teach students important skills in reasoning, communication, and leadership versus spending it on competitive teams and the costs associated with collegiate sport maintenance like student scholarships, coaches, travel, etc.

Many of the students feel they would enjoy the aspect of intercollegiate sports were it to be incorporated at BYU-Idaho because of the unity and spirit having a sports team naturally brings to a campus or community. But where the purpose of the school is primarily to offer students an affordable education to help improve the individual societies and communities they’ll bring their expertise to, most students are understanding of the University’s decision to remove intercollegiate sports. However, as mentioned before, sports haven't been entirely eliminated from the myriad of student activities. Students are still able to participate in a variety of sports through intramural teams. Plus, they can still try out to make a varsity or junior varsity team. The school also keeps impeccable maintenance of equipment and facilities used by these sports teams.
 

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: N/A
School Colors
Blue and gray
School Nickname
Vikings/Thor the Viking
Men Playing Varsity Sports
0 - 0%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
0 - 0%
Intramurals
  • Flag football (men's and women's)
  • Soccer (mixed)
  • Softball (coed)
  • Ultimate Frisbee (mixed)
  • Volleyball (mixed)
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Baseball Diamond
  • Hart Diamond
  • Hart Playfield
  • Lower Playfields (East and West)
  • Sand Volleyball Courts
  • Seventh South Fields
  • Skating Rink
  • Soccer Fields (East and West)
  • Stadium Track and Field
  • Tennis Courts (Upper and Lower)
  • Upper Playfield
Most Popular Sports
Basketball, Volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee
Most Overlooked Teams
Wrestling, Hockey
School Spirit
People still make T-shirts and posters for friends on intramural teams. However, fewer students participate as spectators for the games.
Getting Tickets
Most sporting events don't require tickets. When they do, they can be purchased at the event.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Porter Park, BYU-I Gardens, Nature Park
Did You Know?
If BYU-Idaho doesn't have a sports team for the particular sport you're interested in, you can talk to the sports recreation department about forming an intramural team for that sport. When students want to make an addition to clubs, societies, and recreational sports, it's reasonably easy to do so.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 251 responses

  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 9% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 38% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 53% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 251 responses

  • 66% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 5% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 28% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 1% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 250 responses

  • 6% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 59% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 20% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 15% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.

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