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The Freshman Intramural (Frosh IMs) 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 end of the year, at a banquet in Annenberg Dining Hall, the dorm with the most points wins the historic Yard Trophy. At this meal, 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.

Sports and Activities

The IM competition commences each fall with the annual Freshman 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, Ultimate Frisbee, Table Tennis, Charles River Run (1.5 mile-race), Flag Football Tournament

Winter: Basketball, Dodge Ball, Volleyball, Squash, Climbing Wall Tournament, Spelling Bee, and a Board Game Night

Spring: Soccer OR Frisbee, Flag Football, Tennis, Foosball, Softball, Charles River Run (1.5-mile race) Capture the Flag

Yard Athletic Council

The student group that oversees the Frosh 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 Frosh IMs Facebook page. If you are interested in applying for the YAC, contact Director of Freshman Intramurals Brandon Edwards.