• IM

    Building Community

    First-Year Intramurals provide students with a chance to meet other first-years in their dorm and compete for the Yard Trophy.

  • IM2

    Get Active, Have Fun!

    Harvard First-Year IMs hosts a variety of fun events throughout the year, such as Glow-in-the-Dark Flag Football.

  • IM3

    Friendly Competition

    First-Year dorms compete in a variety of sports throughout the year.

  • IM4

    Go Team!

    Students build strong relationships with their teammates while staying active.

The First-Year Intramural Program offers a variety of inter-dorm competitions – both athletic and non-athletic – throughout the first year. By participating in the program, students not only benefit from a chance to exercise, play a fun game, and de-stress, but they also get to know others in their dorm and build a sense of dorm (and therefore Yard) pride. 

How It Works

A total of 17 sports (both team and individual) and special non-athletic events are offered over the course of three seasons: fall, winter, and spring. Points are awarded for wins; and points are deducted for forfeits. At the conclusion of the year, as part of the first-year award ceremony, the dorm with the most points wins the historic Yard Trophy. At this festive event, the program also recognizes the top female and male contributors with the Athlete of the Year Award. The names of these individuals and the winning dorm are forever enshrined on a plaque and the Yard Trophy itself, both of which are displayed in Annenberg Dining Hall.

Sports and Activities

The IM competition commences each fall with the annual First-Year Field Day in Tercentenary Theatre. A Harvard tradition, Field Day is a class-wide event where first-years play fun, low-key games such as Necking the Orange, Sponge Relay Race, and the biggest event of all – Yard-wide tug-of-war.

Other sports by season include:

Fall: Soccer, Flag Football, Squash, Basektball, Charles River Run (1.8 mile-race), Inner-tube Water Polo, Spelling Bee, and Glow-in-the-Dark Capture the Flag

Winter: Dodge Ball, Volleyball, Foosball, Climbing Wall Tournament, and LANnenberg (a video and board game night in Annenberg)

Spring: Soccer OR Flag Football, Ultiamate Frisbee, Table Tennis, Tennis, Softball, Charles River Run (1.8-mile race) 

Yard Athletic Council

The student group that oversees the IMs program is the Yard Athletic Council (YAC). Following an application and interview process in early September, the leadership team of the program selects a member from each dorm to represent that building on the council. The most successful YAC reps are those who love sports, but who are also extremely organized, comfortable knocking on doors, and enthusiastic for the program. This year’s YAC reps can be found on the First-Year IMs Facebook page. If you are interested in applying for the YAC, contact Director of First-Year Intramurals Tom Hamel.