Parasport Games | UBC Recreation

Welcome to the Parasport Games

The 2017 Parasport Games has passed.

Event Description Experience traditional sports from a new perspective. Try out boccia ball, wheelchair basketball and more. This tournament will redefine the way you think about sports and the athletes that play them.

Event Format Teams of 4-6 players compete in different Parasport activities.

CoRec Ratio: Any gender ratio allowed.

Imports: 1

For event related questions please e-mail

Registration Deadline: 5pm October 16th 2017

Team Roster Submission Deadline: 5pm October 18th 2016

When you are registering a team for UBC Recreation Intramurals Leagues or Events, there are a number of different participation options for your team based on the composition of your team in terms of skill level, gender identity and expression, and your campus community affiliations. If you are unsure of what to register for, follow these three steps prior to registering your team.

Competitive vs. Just For Fun

The first decision that you’ll have to make is whether your team wants to be a competitive team or a just for fun team.

Competitive Teams

Competitive teams are eligible for advancements, finals, and ultimately the winning of a championship shirt! In Intramural Leagues, there are also multiple tiers within each team structure which are outlined below in the Leagues Tier Explanation step.

If your team wants to compete as a competitive team, continue down this page to decide on the different team structure options for you to compete in.

Just For Fun Teams

If you’re here to try something new, or you just want to have fun outside of a competitive atmosphere, the Just For Fun category could be right for you! Please note that these teams do not qualify for advancements or championships, and in leagues they are not officiated.

If your team wants to participate as a Just For Fun Team then you can skip over the Team Structure and Tier Explanations, and jump to UBC Community Affiliations. In the Just For Fun category, team gender requirements are not applicable.

Competitive Team Categories

UBC strives to build a respectful and welcoming environment for all participants to enhance well-being, participation and a sense of community on campus through opportunities in Athletics and Recreation. We, acknowledge gender identity and gender expression as a spectrum. If you have further questions about our competitive team categories, please visit our Building a Respectful and Welcoming Environment in Recreation page.

If your team wants to compete on a competitive team you have three different team categories to choose from: Open/Men’s; Women’s, Two-Spirit, Trans, & Gender Non-Conforming; and CoRec. We encourage individuals to self-select where they feel they belong within the participation structure. UBC Recreation welcomes all our participants and we want to encourage participation for all.

Open/Mens Category

Men, Women, Two-Spirit, Trans, Gender Non-Conforming
This category welcomes all individuals to participate regardless of gender.

Women’s (W2STGN) Category

Women, Two-Spirit, Trans, Gender Non-Conforming
This category welcomes participation by those who self-identify as women, two-spirit, trans and gender non-conforming.

CoRec Category

Men, Women, Two-Spirit, Trans, Gender Non-Conforming
This category welcomes all individuals to participate regardless of gender; however, teams must adhere to a maximum number of self-identified men. Please refer to specific programs under the “Event Overview” or “League Overview” tab for additional information.

Once you have selected your team category

If you are registering for an Intramural League, move on to Leagues Tier Explanations to choose the Tier that best suits your team’s skill level in the respective sport.
If you are registering for an Intramural Event, please skip Leagues Tier Explanations and jump to UBC Community Affiliations to decide if your team will compete for a specific UBC Community or in the Campus Wide Division.

UBC Community Affiliations

Regardless of whether you’re competing in a competitive or just for fun team you have the ability to compete as a Campus Wide team or a Divisional team and represent your affiliated UBC Community Unit.

Divisional Teams

What is a Divisional Team?

If your team is made up of individuals from a single UBC Community Unit – faculty, residence, sorority, or fraternity (or CoRec teams with all men from one fraternity and women from one sorority) – you qualify to compete as a Divisional team. For a list of all Divisions and Units, visit the Unit Rankings by Division page.

For Divisional Teams, each team is allowed one “import”, an individual on your roster who is not from your declared unit. However, teams competing in the CoRec Hindmarch Division are not allowed any imports.

Why compete as a Divisional Team?

Throughout the year we keep track of the participation and performance of teams that qualify in Divisional Units. Typically, teams are comprised of members entirely from a single faculty, department, greek chapter, or residence. At the end of the year at the Hall of Fame event, awards are handed out for each Division based on their unit’s participation.

In addition, competitive teams who qualify as a Divisional Team compete separately form Campus Wide Teams in Day of the Longboat, Storm The Wall, and in all Intramural Leagues. There are entirely separate championship awards for Divisional teams. For more information, visit the Earl Awards and Unit Points page.

Campus Wide Teams

The Campus Wide division does not have any restrictions on units.

Please register online or at the Student Recreation Centre. Registration is open until 5pm October 16th 2017.

Class Day(s) Times Start End Location Register by UBC Student Staff/Faculty
Parasport Games
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Thu 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Oct 19 Oct 19 Student Recreation Centre Oct 16


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Parasport Games
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Thu 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Oct 19 Oct 19 Student Recreation Centre Oct 16


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Parasport Games
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Thu 9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Oct 19 Oct 19 Student Recreation Centre Oct 16


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How do I find or create a team?

The most traditional way to find a team for all UBC Intramurals Leagues, Tournaments, Races, and Events is to talk to people in your classes, faculties, clubs, residences, and among your friends to find people who are also interested in participating in one of our dozens of programs.

Once you’ve got at least the minimum # of players of players to sign up, you can register online at the UBC Intramurals Online Registration Page , or in person at the Operations Desk of the Student Recreation Centre

Please be aware of the registration deadlines for the individual programs, and note that many of our programs do fill up, so it is better to register before the registration deadline.

What if I still can’t find a team?

1. Free Agent Facebook Page

UBC Intramurals hosts a Facebook page where players who are looking for a team, and teams that are looking for more players can be connected.  Please use the program specific threads for the League or Event(s) you are interested in participating in. For a more detailed listing of possible play times for all League Sports, please check out the UBC Intramurals Days of Play Schedule

2. Free Agent Meetings

Your second option is to attend the Free-Agent Meeting. At this meeting, we will try and match you up with other like-minded people and hopefully get you into position to register a team. Here are the currently scheduled Free Agent Meetings:

  • Free Agent Meeting for Fall Intramural Leagues & Events – Tuesday, Sep 12 2017 – 5:00pm – NOTE: There are three separate meetings. One is at the Totem Park Residence Commonsblock, one at the Place Vanier Residence Commonsblock, and one at the Orchard Commons Commonsblock
  • Free Agent Meeting for Fall Leagues – Thursday, Sep 14, 2017 – 5:00pm – Student Recreation Centre
  • Free Agent Meeting for Winter Leagues – Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017 – 5:00pm – Student Recreation Centre

I’ve never played before, or I haven’t played in a long time. What can I do?

This year, we’ve added a Learn to Play night for each league.  During this free, hour-long session, you will be taught the basic skills and rules of the sport or activity you are interested in so that you are confident going into the Intramural Season.  Learn to Play night is Wednesday, September 13th for all League sports.  Specific time and location can be found on each League Page under Important Dates.

I’m looking for something a little more casual

UBC Intramurals offers a lot of casual or informal programs for those who are looking to play their favourite sports, but without a long commitment or a competition structure to follow.

Drop-In Programs

Most facilities under UBC Recreation have drop-in opportunities to play various sports associated with that venue including ice hockey, swimming, basketball, volleyball, and futsal. There are also opportunities to try less traditional sports such as Wheelchair Basketball and Cricket. Check out the Drop-In Schedule

Staff and Faculty Volleyball League

Each Wednesday at 12:00pm at the Student Recreation Centre UBC Staff and Faculty come come drop in and play volleyball for free.  To sign up, please check out the Staff and Faculty Volleyball League sign up. All skill levels are present and welcome!

Latest Parasport Games News

Parasport and Paralympics: A Brief History

The Olympics are the most celebrated sporting event in the world, but today, we at REC are celebrating the paralympics! These athletes work extra hard to overcome the many obstacles that a professional athlete, and then some.

The Paralympic Games include athletes with a wide range of disabilities, including ones that impair muscle function, (e.g., paraplegia and quadriplegia,) impaired range of movement or limb deficiency, (e.g., amputation or dysmelia,) vision impariment, intellectual impairment, and more. The Winter and Summer paralympics have been going on since the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, and are held every year following the Olympic games, officially chaired by the International Paralympic Committee.


Today’s spotlight is going to be famed summer olympian; wheelchair tennis champion Esther Vergeer. Coined the “Roger Federer” of women’s wheelchair tennis, Vergeer is a champ who has won 700 matces throughout her career, and lost only 25. She is nothing short of a super woman; but she has come a long way to get to where she is now.


Esther was born a healthy baby and was healthy until diagnosed with a vascular myelopathy near her spinal cord; an abnormality that caused her to suffer strokes at age 9. She ended up paralyzed following a 9 hour operation, but learned to play many sports during her time in rehabilitation.


Her hardships did not stop her, as she continued to rip through her tennis career and earn 4 Paralympic Gold medals, 21 Grand Slam Titles, and 14 NEC Wheelchair tennis masters. She remained undefeated for 10 years until her retirement in 2013. That’s 470 matches in a row!

Incredible, right? Unfortunately we can’t all be the powerhouse that Esther Vergeer is, but on October 19th, we can experience what it is like to play a parasport. Accessibility and inclusivity are large pillars of what we believe in at REC, SO REGISTER BY OCTOBER 16TH TO COMPETE IN OUR PARASPORT GAMES!

Registration is now open for the 2017 Parasport Games

Experience traditional sports from a new perspective.

Sign-up a team of 4-6 players to compete in different Parasport activities.


UBC Recreation's Parasport Games promotes public awareness of para-sports and the athletes that play them. Get the chance to try activities like wheelchair basketball and boccia ball. Registration now closes Oct 12 at 5pm.