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UNT Housing introduces a new form of soccer

UNT Housing introduces a new form of soccer

March 20
22:42 2013

Audra Stamp / Staff Writer

The Hall Director Programing Committee with UNT Housing hosted a game of “binocular soccer” from noon to 3 p.m. on Wednesday for all students on campus to participate in. Fashioned in binocular head sets and jerseys donated from the Pohl Recreation Center, the participants played very cautious and slow-paced games of soccer.

“One of main objectives with housing is we want to create a sense of nostalgia,” said Legends hall director Sky McClure said. “In fifteen years from now we want them to think, ‘Wow, we did some really cool, little stupid, but really fun stuff,’ and the only purpose was to have a good time.”

From an idea found online, the HD Programming Committee began preparing for the event hoping to get residents as well as all UNT students to come and enjoy a slightly embarrassing game of soccer. About 75 people showed up to play and others who were passing became interested and gathered to watch the games.

The field was marked off by a set of cones and each team was made up of five people. Before playing, everyone had to sign a waiver and agree not to run in order to avoid injury. But despite the caution taken, some did come away with a few scrapes and bruises.

“Playing binocular soccer is a lot like playing blind – it’s kind of scary, but that’s part of the fun,” convergent broadcast media senior Ian Deluna said. “The first game I wasn’t really scared until a girl crashed into me and injured herself.”

Aside from the minor injuries, many of the people who came out to play had a lot of fun trying something they had never done before. Special Assistant for Community Development Rachel McGee played, refereed and was there as a cheerleader almost the entire time.

“Most of this was humorous,” McGee said. “There was a little frustration on some of the players’ parts, but for the most part it was silly and fun.”

The teams, many made up of people who had never met, had to communicate with each other because, on top of the skewed vision, the binoculars had blinders on the side so players could only see straight.

“There was a lot of communication coming in and it was hard to figure out what was being directed at me and what wasn’t,” McGee said.

To ensure everyone who wanted to play got the chance, the games lasted either five minutes or the first team to score two goals won. All three hours had several games going on at once and many people watching in amusement.

“This is the first time I’ve ever played binocular soccer, but it probably won’t be the last,” Deluna said.

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