KNOXVILLE — Johnson University’s Athletic Department is currently holding sign-ups for cricket this semester.
Intramural cricket will start in mid-February.
When finalized, dates will be confirmed via e-mail, so anyone who is interested in playing should include an email address when they sign up.
Sign-up sheets are located outside JUTN Athletic Director Ken Underwood’s office at PW 255 and on both dorm lobby bulletin boards.
Games will take place on Mondays at 3:00 or 4:00 p.m. as well as Fridays at 5:30 or 6:30 p.m.
Wyatt Whewell, a JUTN athletic/intramural assistant, and the cricket organizer, said that “anybody who is a student, or a spouse of a student or a child of a student” is eligible to play cricket, along with faculty and staff members.
“It’s a fun game. It’s kind of like baseball, but also very different,” Whewell said. “It’s easy to learn — there aren’t very many rules — and we are welcoming anyone who is willing to learn.”
Whewell said cricket is the second most popular sport in the world, and that anyone who wants to play should not worry about lack of experience or equipment.
“No experience, no equipment required,” he said. “The club has bats and balls…that’s really all that’s necessary.”
As for experience, he said that most of the current JU cricket players just began playing.
Whewell said that cricket might appeal to those planning to go overseas as missionaries. The game is popular in countries influenced by British colonialism, such as many of the countries in Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Caribbean.
“Sports are just powerful,” he said, pointing to cricket’s transcultural appeal.
Whewell said cricket is also a good sport for people who are not highly athletic.
“Cricket’s not super physically demanding, so you don’t have to be super athletic to come out and play,” he said. “There is very little running that happens and very little stamina required.
“It’s a game that’s very strategy-based,” he added.
Intramural cricket matches should last about an hour, which Whewell said is an adaptation of a game that frequently lasts two days.