Inner Tube Water Polo Intramural League | UBC Recreation

Welcome to the Inner Tube Water Polo League

Register Your Team by Friday, January 10th, 2020 at 5:00pm!

After being a successful and integral part of Water Wars for many years Inner Tube Water Polo became an Intramural League in Fall 2018.  The Inner Tube Water Polo League will pit CoRec teams against each other in the state-of-the-art UBC Aquatic Centre.  Be prepared to have a splashing good time.

League Overview

The Inner Tube Water Polo League is currently only offered as a CoRec league which has six players in the water (5 players and a goalie) for each team at a time. For this league's CoRec category, teams can have a maximum of 3 self-identified men in the water playing at any time. Each team can sign in a maximum of 20 participants per game and Divisional Teams are able to have a max of 3 designated imports.

Days of Play

The Inner Tube Water Polo League plays on Sundays.

While UBC Recreation Intramurals will endeavour to keep games on a similar day each week, teams must be able to play on any of the days listed previously.

Tier Competition Levels

 

Term 1 and 2 - Fall and Winter
Category Tier Description
CoRec Tier 1 Skill level between beginner to expert.  Wide range of player skill level

Equipment Needed

Please see Rules of Play.

Location

The Inner Tube Water Polo League plays at the UBC Aquatic Centre

 

Have more Questions?

The Inner Tube Water Polo League can be reached at im.waterpolo@ubc.ca

Term 1 (Fall) Important Dates
Date Description Details
Tue Sep 10, 2019 Free Agent's Meeting in 1st Year Residences We will be in the Totem Park Ballroom, Place Vanier Ballroom, and in the Orchard Commons Commonsblock at 5:00PM. Drop by to find others looking for a team!
Wed Sep 11, 2019 Learn to Play Night Find out more on our Free Week page
Thu Sep 12, 2019 General Free Agent's Meeting Come by the SRC Gyms at 5:00PM to find others looking for a team!
Thu Sep 19, 2019 Extended Team Registration Deadline Register your team online or in-person at the SRC by 5:00pm
Fri Sep 20, 2019 Initial Roster Submission Deadline Captains submit your initial rosters so your team is eligible for the first week of play. You can continue to add players to your roster until the final roster deadline.
Sun Sep 22, 2019 First Possible Day of Play First games are scheduled this day! If your league plays multiple days per week you may not have a game, schedules will be released as quick as possible
Fri Sep 27, 2019 Uniform Order Deadline Captains submit your uniform order forms by 5:00pm.  Order forms can be found here.
Oct 12-14, 2019 Thanksgiving Weekend NO GAMES for all leagues
Fri Oct 18, 2019 Uniform Deadline All players on all competitive teams must wear uniforms with numbers on the back to be eligible to play
Fri Nov 1, 2019 Final Roster Deadline You can no longer add any players to your roster beyond this date at 5:00pm
Nov 9-11, 2019 Remembrance Day Weekend NO GAMES for all leagues
Sun Nov 17, 2019 Playoffs Begin Playoffs begin for term 1 leagues! Specific Days and Times will vary per tier/pool
Term 2 (Winter) Important Dates
Date Description Details
Fri Nov 1, 2019 Term 2 Registration Opens First chance to register for Term 2.
Thu Jan 9, 2020 General Free Agent's Meeting Come by the SRC Gyms at 5:00PM to find others looking for a team!
Fri, Jan 10, 2020 Team Registration Deadline Register your team online or in-person at the SRC by 5:00pm
Fri Jan 17, 2020 Uniform Order Deadline Captains submit your uniform order forms by 5:00pm.  Order forms can be found here.
Sat Jan 18, 2020 Initial Roster Submission Deadline Captains submit your initial rosters so your team is eligible for the first week of play. You can continue to add players to your roster until the final roster deadline.
Sun Jan 19, 2020 First Possible Day of Play First games are scheduled this day! If your league plays multiple days per week you may not have a game, schedules will be released as quick as possible
Fri Feb 14, 2020 Uniform Deadline All players on all competitive teams must wear uniforms with numbers on the back to be eligible to play
Feb 15-23, 2020 Reading Week No Games - All Leagues
Fri Feb 28, 2020 Final Roster Deadline You can no longer add any players to your roster beyond this date at 5:00pm
Sun Mar 16, 2020 Playoffs Begin Playoffs begin for term 2 leagues! Specific Days and Times will vary per tier/pool

 

Save the Date for Hall of Fame!

Come celebrate with your team! Whether you participated in term 1 or term 2, whether you placed first or last in your league, we invite you to come celebrate with your team and your league! Hall of Fame is an annual event where teams come celebrate the champions in their leagues as well Earl Award winners with some snacks and beverages!

The 2020 Hall of Fame will be held on Tuesday, Mar 31, 2020. Time and location are currently TBD but will be announced closer to the date.

When you are registering a team for UBC Recreation Intramurals Leagues or Events, there are a number of different participation options for your team based on the composition of your team in terms of skill level, gender identity and expression, and your campus community affiliations. If you are unsure of what to register for, follow these four steps prior to registering your team.


Competitive vs. Just For Fun

The first decision that you’ll have to make is whether your team wants to be a competitive team, recreational team or a just for fun team.

Competitive Teams

Competitive teams are eligible for advancements, finals, and ultimately the winning of a championship shirt! In Intramural Leagues, there are also multiple tiers within each team structure which are outlined below in the Leagues Tier Explanation step.

If your team wants to compete as a competitive team, continue down this page to decide on the different team structure options for you to compete in.

Recreational Teams

Recreational teams are similar in all aspects to Competitive teams, just at a lower intensity and skill level.  Teams in this category still compete for championships in playoffs, and all games are officiated.

Just For Fun Teams

If you’re here to try something new, or you just want to have fun outside of a competitive atmosphere, the Just For Fun category could be right for you! Please note that these teams do not qualify for advancements or championships, and in leagues they are not officiated.

If your team wants to participate as a Just For Fun Team then you can skip over the Team Structure and Tier Explanations, and jump to UBC Community Affiliations. In the Just For Fun category, team gender requirements are not applicable.


Competitive/Recreational Team Categories

UBC strives to build a respectful and welcoming environment for all participants to enhance well-being, participation and a sense of community on campus through opportunities in Athletics and Recreation. We, acknowledge gender identity and gender expression as a spectrum. If you have further questions about our competitive team categories, please visit our Building a Respectful and Welcoming Environment in Recreation page.

If your team wants to compete on a competitive team you have three different team categories to choose from: Open; Women’s, Two-Spirit, Trans, & Gender Non-Conforming; and CoRec. We encourage individuals to self-select where they feel they belong within the participation structure. UBC Recreation welcomes all our participants and we want to encourage participation for all.

Open Category

Men, Women, Two-Spirit, Trans, Gender Non-Conforming
This category welcomes all individuals to participate regardless of gender.

Women’s (W2STGN) Category

Women, Two-Spirit, Trans, Gender Non-Conforming
This category welcomes participation by those who self-identify as women, two-spirit, trans and gender non-conforming.

CoRec Category (Not available for Summer Soccer)

Men, Women, Two-Spirit, Trans, Gender Non-Conforming
This category welcomes all individuals to participate regardless of gender; however, teams must adhere to a maximum number of self-identified men. Please refer to specific programs under the “Event Overview” or “League Overview” tab for additional information.

Once you have selected your team category

If you are registering for an Intramural League, move on to Leagues Tier Explanations to choose the Tier that best suits your team’s skill level in the respective sport.
If you are registering for an Intramural Event, please skip Leagues Tier Explanations and jump to UBC Community Affiliations to decide if your team will compete for a specific UBC Community or in the Campus Wide Division.


Intramural Leagues Tier Explanation

UBC Recreation provides a variety of competitive tiers for our leagues. These tiers are within each of the three competitive Team Structures. Please note that not all tier options are offered for all leagues and the competition level in a tier in one league, may not be comparable to a tier in another.. Please check the “League Overview” tab for an outline of what tiers are offered and the competition level within them.

Once you have selected your tier

Your last step is to move onto UBC Community Affiliations to decide if you want to represent your residence, faculty, etc. as an Intramural Participant.


UBC Community Affiliations

Regardless of whether you’re competing in a competitive or just for fun team you have the ability to compete as a Campus Wide team or a Divisional team and represent your affiliated UBC Community Unit.

Divisional Teams

What is a Divisional Team?

If your team is made up of individuals from a single UBC Community Unit – faculty or residence – you qualify to compete as a Divisional team. For a list of all Divisions and Units, visit the Unit Rankings by Division page.

For Divisional Teams, each team is allowed one “import”, an individual on your roster who is not from your declared unit.

Why compete as a Divisional Team?

Throughout the year we keep track of the participation and performance of teams that qualify in Divisional Units. Typically, teams are comprised of members entirely from a single faculty, department, or residence. At the end of the year at the Hall of Fame event, awards are handed out for each Division based on their unit’s participation.

In addition, Divisional competitive teams compete separately from Campus Wide teams in Day of the LongBoat and Storm The Wall, and in all Intramural Leagues. There are entirely separate championship awards for Divisional teams. For more information, visit the Earl Awards and Unit Points page.

Campus Wide Teams

The Campus Wide division does not have any restrictions on units.

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Wondering what the Default Prevention Deposit is? UBC Recreation introduced a this policy in the Intramural Leagues program in 2018 to respond to the rising issue of defaults. Over the previous 5 years we have saw a substantial rise in the number of teams not finishing their seasons due to defaulting. This negatively impacted the experience of both the team who defaulted, and the other teams in the league. In an effort to offset this issue, we implemented a Default Prevention Deposit. In the event that a team doesn’t have enough players for a game, please reference the Intramural Leagues Cancellation and Default Process page.


Please register online or at the Student Recreation Centre. Registration is open until Friday, January 10, 2020.

Level of Play Term League Dates Location No Games Registration Fee Breakdown Total Registration Fee Register My Team
Team Fee Default Prevention Deposit
CoRec Tier 1 Winter Jan 19 to Mar 22 UBC Aquatic Centre Feb 15-23 $110.00 $50.00 $160.00
Level of Play Term League Dates Location No Games Registration Fee Breakdown Total Registration Fee Register My Team
Team Fee Default Protection Deposit
CoRec Tier 1 Winter Jan 19 to Mar 22 UBC Aquatic Centre Feb 15-23 $250.00 $50.00 $300.00

How do I find or create a team?

The most traditional way to find a team for all Intramural Leagues, Tournaments, Races, and Events is to talk to people in your classes, faculties, clubs, residences, and among your friends to find people who are also interested in participating in one of our dozens of programs.

Once you’ve got at least the minimum # of players of players to sign up, you can register online at the Intramurals Online Registration Page , or in person at the Operations Desk of the Student Recreation Centre

Please be aware of the registration deadlines for the individual programs, and note that many of our programs do fill up, so it is better to register before the registration deadline.

What if I still can’t find a team?

1. Free Agent Facebook Group

UBC Recreation Intramurals hosts a Facebook Group where players who are looking for a team, and teams that are looking for more players can be connected.  Please use the program specific threads for the League or Event(s) you are interested in participating in. For a more detailed listing of possible play times for all League Sports, please check out the Intramural Leagues Days of Play Schedule

2. Free Agent Meetings

Your second option is to attend the Free Agent Meeting. At this meeting, we will try and match you up with other like-minded people and hopefully get you into position to register a team. Here are the currently scheduled Free Agent Meetings:

  • Free Agent Meeting for Winter Leagues – Thursday, Jan 9, 2020 – 5:00pm – Student Recreation Centre

I’ve never played before, or I haven’t played in a long time. What can I do?

This year, we’ve added a Learn to Play night for each league.  During this free, hour-long session, you will be taught the basic skills and rules of the sport or activity you are interested in so that you are confident going into the Intramural Season.  Learn to Play night is Wednesday, September 11th for all League sports.  Specific time and location can be found on each League Page under Important Dates.

I’m looking for something a little more casual

UBC Intramurals offers a lot of casual or informal programs for those who are looking to play their favourite sports, but without a long commitment or a competition structure to follow.

Drop-In Programs

Most facilities under UBC Recreation have drop-in opportunities to play various sports associated with that venue including ice hockey, swimming, basketball, volleyball, and futsal. There are also opportunities to try less traditional sports such as Wheelchair Basketball and Cricket. Check out the Drop-In Schedule

Staff and Faculty Volleyball League

Each Wednesday at 12:00pm at the Student Recreation Centre UBC Staff and Faculty come come drop in and play volleyball for free.  To sign up, please check out the Staff and Faculty Volleyball League sign up. All skill levels are present and welcome!

Latest Inner Tube Water Polo News

Inner Tube Water Polo Playoffs – Term 1

Hello everyone,

Please see your playoff brackets below.  Please note that you may have multiple games in one day if you advance, so please check all your potential games.

CoRec Tier 1 Campus Wide

 

Why Aren’t You Signing Up For Inner Tube Water Polo Next Term?

Universities all across Canada are obsessed with this hilariously awesome sport. McGill, McMaster, and many more universities have tons of students splashing around their aquatic centres, throwing balls from neon tubes. But here at UBC, Inner Tube Water Polo league numbers have been low since the league first began in 2018. Why isn’t UBC catching on to this trend?

Research has been inconclusive, but we can tell you one thing. The only solution to bringing numbers up for this league is YOU! There are no excuses here. We play once a week on Sundays, in the UBC Aquatic Centre for two hours. Now, if you can’t think of ANY reasons you might possibly be interested in joining this league, we have narrowed it down to our top 25 reasons you should join this splashtastic league in January:

 

1. You can use the sauna, steam room, AND hot tub to relax after a hard-fought game!


2. Get a chance to shoot your shot with the lifeguards and varsity swimmers of UBC 😉

3. You get to become besties with the Intramurals staff running the league! Trust me, they are pretty cool and want to be besties with you too.

4. Get TOTALLY JACKED ARMS – trust us, this sport is one crazy arm workout. You will get ripped in no time.


5. You get to vibe to the absolute bangers that the Aquatic Centre plays all day – whoever’s mixtape is playing, it is always FIRE in that place. Good thing there’s so much water to put out the flames.

6. You can finally put your free access to the Aquatic Centre to use!

7. You have the chance to show off that super cute new bathing suit you just bought in the middle of winter for no particular reason.

8. To be able to flex your two-pack. Or six-pack. Or dad bod. We want you to flaunt whatever you’ve got!


9. Playing on Sundays means that you will actually come to campus and MAYBE even be productive before your game. Just saying, playing Inner Tube Water Polo basically makes you a more studious person.

10. GET FIT! Moving your body has never felt so good when you are literally just sitting in a tube, flailing your arms around for two hours.

11. Get those endorphins pumping, pals! More endorphins basically just means more happiness, which means more Inner Tube Water Polo means more happiness.

12. To be able to tell people that you did something over the weekend other than watch Netflix.

13. Hydration! Is! Key!


14. To make Dezső Gyarmati (the most famous water polo player of all time) proud of you.

15. To make your parents proud! Show them you are getting fit, crushing the competition and making the most of your university experience all at once.

16. To make your prof proud, because they really honestly care more about how you do in your Inner Tube Water Polo games than how you do in their class.

17. To be proud of yourself! Self love, am I right?


18. To get some super sick action shots of you splashing around, having the time of your life, from our talented photographers! #ferdagram

19. So that you have something impressive to put in your Tinder profile.

20. To have the chance at winning a champ shirt, the most coveted fashion statement at UBC.

21. To experience those awkward half-naked conversations in the change room we all love.


22. To make some lifelong buddies! You know what they say, friends who play Inner Tube Water Polo together stay together!

23. To crush the people who may be really athletic in other sports but thanks to the specific skill set you can get from ITWP, aren’t actually good at this one (but you are).

24. To develop campus rivalries that will last a lifetime.

25. To get comfortable with the Aquatic Centre before Storm the Wall starts! #shamelessplug

 

If somehow none of those reasons appealed to you, send us a Facebook message, a phone call or an email and we will personally share how fun, inclusive, and hilarious this sport is, and why you need to join to get the most out of your UBC experience.

Don’t forget to get your team together and sign up online at www.recreation.ubc.ca or in-person at the Student Recreation Centre front desk by Friday, January 10th, 2020!

League Feature of the Week: The Tide Tubes

 

 

The Tide Tubes are seasoned veterans of the Inner Tube Water Polo League at UBC!

They’ve seen it all and done it all when it comes to this sport. Having played in both Term 1 and Term 2 last year, they have some memories and advice to share with all of us.

Memory Highlights

When asked about some of the best memories made while splashing around the UBC Aquatic Centre in neon-coloured tubes, the team hilariously recalled the moment when teammate Richard managed to get stuck in one of the said tubes. Another mentioned that “we played as a human chain in some of our first few games because we were so bad we had to try everything.”

Any advice?

When it comes to advice, The Tide Tubes have some valuable knowledge to offer to first-time teams. “It’s pretty much impossible to be goalie, so don’t try too hard. Just have fun,” says the best goalie on the team, Jacob. They also all agreed that their secret to success was mainly Jacob’s wingspan in net, but also their utter focus, organization and teamwork.

What’s the catch?

One of the biggest perks of playing Inner Tube Water Polo has to be the other facilities the UBC Aquatic Centre has to offer. When asked about their post-game rituals, The Tide Tubes were quick to mention “the hot tub afterwards is a must, but you have to jump off the highest diving board before you can head there.”

Last minute words:

Wondering why they’ve stuck around so long? According to the inaugural members of The Tide Tubes, it was because of their devastating losses in the finals of their past two terms. “We want to get that W and those champ shirts,” one member agreed. Perhaps this is the term that The Tide Tubes will finally catch that W and get to wear those champ shirts. They’ve certainly got the confidence, which is half the battle. A word of warning from The Tide Tubes to their competition - “back out now, we’re pretty good.”

 

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Oct 7-31 – Allow More Time When Visiting SRC & Aquatic Centre

Due to construction along Student Union Boulevard, there will be single-lane alternating traffic to access North Parkade and the nearby drop-off/pick-up areas that service the UBC Aquatic Centre and Student Recreation Centre. The affected dates and times of this construction are weekdays from October 7-31 during the hours of 7:30am to 4:00pm. There will also be interruptions on Saturday, October 12.

All visitors are advised to plan for delays and allow extra travel time when arriving/leaving the area during this time. For current details on impacted areas and detours on the UBC Vancouver campus, please click here.