ABAC’s new Recreational Sports Director, Stoney Hart, is considering introducing ice hockey to the school’s intramural program this year.
Hart would like to introduce his favorite sport to ABAC students, but there is no demand for it. Instead, he will stick to the basics and do what he did when he was at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, which was to create a highly attractive intramural program for the students.
Hart will unveil a new website to the student body this year called imleagues. com. This will help with the overall organization of the program.
Students who want to create a team will first go to the website to create an account. They will then follow the steps on how to add players to the roster and choose a team name.
The website will also include game and practice schedules. “I monitor all the information that is going on the website,” Hart says. “So I have to approve the team name and the roster before the team is accepted into the program.”
A roll call will also be taken at each game to ensure that no team has brought in a “ringer” who is not on the roster.
Hart has plans to help promote the intramural program, such as holding small-games tournaments like ping pong, pool, and cornhole. There is even talk of a Madden NFL tournament later this winter.
Hart will also be trying to bring some new sports into the mix as well. “I would like to get indoor and outdoor volleyball and also ultimate Frisbee, which is always popular in intramurals.”
Hart will bring much needed organization and structure to the program. No longer will there be only two regular season games followed by the playoffs. Instead, it will be an eight-game season where teams will be equally evaluated. Things are looking up for the ABAC intramurals.
Hart serves as assistant director of facility operations and intramural/club sports at Southwestern Oklahoma State University from 2009-13. He also taught physical education at Boone-Apache High School in Apache, Okla.
Hart coached hockey players from junior high to the adult level in Oklahoma City for five years, and played recreation hockey for nearly two decades.
Hart holds a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s in sports management/ parks and recreation. He wrote his thesis on the formation of an amateur hockey team.