In most sports, the official competitions take place in only one semester of the academic year. At the end of the competition semester, regional and national tournaments are held to determine the respective champions.
If you are successful in the conference (about 10 teams per conference), you can qualify for the “Regional Championships” and then for the “National Championships”. These enjoy high popularity and are often broadcasted on TV. During the semester of competition in the ball sports, 1-2 times a week you travel with your sports team to other, often far away universities to compete against them. In the individual sports, competitions usually take place in a 2-week rhythm.