Battle Canoes, the thrilling intramural sports competition held at universities across the nation, returns to UNCG on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 6 p.m. at Rosenthal Pool.

The high-energy event will feature 24 teams, all fighting to be crowned champion at the end of the night. Teams are comprised of two attackers and one defender. Attackers are provided buckets to fill their opponent’s canoe with water in an attempt to sink the ship, and each defender is given a shield – a five-foot-long sleeping bag pad – to keep water out of the canoe. Team members are constantly switching between attacker and defender to ensure they are blocking the point of attack. A team wins when its opponent’s canoe is completely submerged.

The competition will begin with four, 30-minute elimination rounds where six canoes battle in a free-for-all. The four winners of those rounds will advance to the highly competitive championship round later in the night. The last team standing will receive championship T-shirts and, most importantly, bragging rights until the next Battle Canoes competition in the spring.

The event is open to all students, as well as faculty and staff who have a Student Recreation Center membership.

“Battle Canoes is a really fun, unique event,” said Erik Unger, assistant director of intramural and club sports for Campus Recreation. “This is a competition that doesn’t require any previous experience or a specific skill set. Battle Canoes is all about enjoying some friendly competition with your fellow Spartans.”

Registration opens today and runs through Sunday, Oct. 25. Spots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no fee to register for the event.

To learn more about Battles Canoes and to register, visit http://campusrec.uncg.edu/im/bc/.

 

Story by Alyssa Bedrosian, University Relations

Photography by Khadejah Nikouyeh