Intramural Sports Participants Guide

General Information

Intramurals & Tournaments

These programs provide various structured sport opportunities for our participants. There are participation opportunities for men’s, women’s, and co-recreational play. Leagues, and tournaments will be offered in various formats. Registration dates, schedules, and other pertinent information will be posted on the Intramural webpage at recreation.uconn.edu, as well as on the FusionIM portal.

Team Sports

A round robin or pool play structure will be used during the regular season in each division whenever possible. Tournament structure may be changed when it is necessary to accommodate special circumstances. The playoff tournament will be single elimination.

Individual/Dual Sports

Many of the tournaments will be single or double elimination in structure, depending on the number of entries. Tournaments will be drawn at random; there will be no seeding.

Levels of Play

Whenever possible, UConn Recreation will offer different levels of play. Levels of play are meant to provide options for participants based on their primary purpose for playing Intramural Sports.

A. Most Competitive- Leagues are meant for teams that are looking to compete at the highest level. Teams competing in this level may be given additional regular season games compared to the other levels. Also, more teams will be included in the playoffs compared to other levels.

B. Competitive- Leagues are meant for teams that are looking to compete at a moderate level of competition. Teams will receive a standard number of regular season games. The goal will be to include more teams into the playoffs than C level, but less than A level.

C. Recreational- Leagues are meant for teams who are looking to participate for recreational purposes only. Teams may receive additional number of regular season games compared to B level. However, the number of teams included in the playoffs will be limited.

Team Jerseys

Teams are encouraged to wear their own color-matching jerseys with visible numbers on the back. No taped-on or pinned-on numbers are permitted. Pinnies will be available at the game sites for teams that need them. In order to use a pinnie, each player must leave their UConn ID with the scorekeeper during the game. The participant will be issued their UConn ID back, once their pinnie is returned to the scorekeeper. A t-shirt with full sleeves (short or long) must be worn underneath the pinnie issued by UConn Recreation.

Inclement Weather

Administrative postponements or cancellations occur when the weather or other uncontrollable factors make postponing games necessary. If games are postponed, participants will be notified via FusionIM.

If night classes are cancelled by the University, all Intramural contests scheduled on that night will be cancelled and may be rescheduled for a later date if possible.

Free Agents

Players looking to join a team may add themselves to the FusionIM free agents list.

Safety and Attire

Proper attire must be worn for each activity. Religious medallions and medical identifications must be removed from chains and taped or sewn under the uniform. An individual may be allowed to wear religious objects if the individual requests prior approval from the Coordinator of Intramurals and Tournaments. Additional apparel may be unapproved based on the specific sport/activity. More information can be found in sport specific rule packets.

Unapproved Apparel

  • Street/dress clothes (i.e. jeans or dress shoes)
  • Bare feet, sandals, work-boots, or five-finger shoes
  • Metal cleats and screw-ins of any kind
  • Exposed jewelry of any kind (rings, earrings, bracelets, Fitbits, etc.)
    Taping of jewelry is not permitted.

Medical Procedures

UConn Recreation assumes no responsibility for injuries received during Intramurals, Tournaments, and other Recreational activities. It is strongly recommended that all participants have a physical examination prior to participating. Any injuries or accidents occurring during Recreational activities should be reported immediately to on-duty personnel. Anyone bleeding or having blood on their clothing will be prohibited from participation.

Registration/Valid ID

Registering a Team

All team registrations will be accepted through FusionIM during the proper league or tournament registration period.

Steps to register a team:

  • Register team on FusionIM portal during registration period
  • Register the minimum number of players to the team (when applicable)

For leagues, teams will be approved in the order in which they complete registration. For tournaments, teams will be approved in the order in which they register the minimum number of players. Once leagues/tournaments are full, teams will be placed on a waiting list and may be accepted into the league in the event a spot becomes available.

Registering Individual Players

Teams will be allowed to add new players to their roster throughout the season, including playoffs. Players may join a team whenever they want, including at game time.  All roster additions must be completed through the FusionIM portal.

Valid UConn ID Required to Play

A valid UConn ID is required to participate in all Intramurals. If a participant does not have their UConn ID, they will not be eligible to participate.

Forfeit Procedures

If a team fails to appear or have the required number of eligible participants at the scheduled game time, the opposing team who is present will have the following options:

1   Take the win by forfeit at that time. No contest will be played.

2   Choose to wait until the opponent arrives to compete.

  • The official game clock will start running as scheduled.
  • The game will commence once the opponents arrive with whatever game time is remaining on the clock.
  • The waiting team will be given a scoring advantage.
  • If the opposing team is not ready to play 10 minutes after the scheduled game time, a forfeit win will be declared for the waiting team.

If neither team has the required number of players at the scheduled game time, both teams will be given 10 minutes to complete their team. No scoring advantage will be given to either team in this case.

 

If a team forfeits a game, they will be removed  from the league.  All players who signed in for the team prior to the forfeited game will no longer be eligible to continue participating in that sport for the remainder of the season. The replacing team will assume all wins and losses of the team that dropped out of the league (sportsmanship not included).

 

Eligibility

Individual

All undergraduate and graduate students registered at the University of Connecticut at the Storrs Campus are eligible to participate in any Intramural Sports or Tournaments. The participation of all individuals, however, will be in accordance with the following:

Faculty, Staff, and Students at a Branch Campus

The following must be paid members of the Student Recreation Facility in order to participate in any Intramural Sports or Tournaments:

  • Associate Members (Faculty/staff of University, University affiliates, Alumni)
  • Non-degree students
  • Branch campus students
  • Community members

Current Varsity Team Members

Varsity athletes are ineligible to compete in their sport or any related sports (i.e. current baseball players may not play softball). Any member of a varsity team who suits up for a game/match or is listed at any time on the team’s active roster during the 2019-2020 school year is ineligible for the remainder of the school year (2019-2020), including the 2020 summer semesters in that sport or related sport. This rule also applies to athletes who have transferred to UConn from another university or college during the 2019-2020 school year.

Non-scholarship practice players and players who only participated in tryouts are not considered current varsity players.

Ex-Varsity Athletes

Only one ex-varsity letter winner is eligible to be on an Intramural team’s roster for each sport, or related sport, in which the student lettered. This rule includes the holder of a varsity letter at a university or senior college other than UConn. This rule will not apply to ex-varsity athletes who graduated before September 1, 2015.

Professional Athletes

Anyone who has competed in a regular season game or contest on a professional level or received compensation from a professional organization shall be ineligible for Intramural competition in that sport or its related sport.

Organizational

The UConn Intramural Sports program offers three divisions of competition: Men’s, Women’s and Co-Recreational.

Men’s Division

All UConn male undergraduate and graduate students, as well as male faculty, staff, and community members are eligible to participate in this division.

Women’s Division

All UConn female undergraduate and graduate students, as well as female faculty, staff and community members are eligible to participate in this division.

Co-Recreational Division

All UConn undergraduate and graduate students, as well as staff and community members, are eligible to participate in this division.

Roster Restrictions

An individual may not play or register for more than one Intramural team in the same division (Men, Women, or Co-Rec) regardless of level of play for a specific sport.

Gender Guidelines

UConn Intramurals encourages individuals to participate in accordance with their own expressed gender identity. When signing up to play Intramurals via FusionIM, students will be asked to self-identify their gender. UConn Intramurals recognizes that the options available for students to select on FusionIM may not be reflective of everyone's gender identity. For the purposes of ensuring safe and fair play for all participants in single gender spots, we ask students to choose from the options provided and contact the Intramural staff with an concerns regarding their participation in Intramural Sports. Once an individual has registered under a specific gender, they will be registered as that gender for the duration of that sport season. For Co-Rec sports, students who do not wish to identify as either male or female may participate without identifying as long as the team they are participating on does not exceed the maximum number of males or females listed in the rules for that sport.

Disciplinary Procedures

Major Infractions

  1. Harassment- Any individual who addresses an official, another player or other program personnel in an unsportsmanlike manner will be disqualified from a contest
  2. Endangering- Anyone endangering the welfare of another will be disqualified immediately.
  3. Flagrantly Endangering- Anyone blatantly endangering the welfare of another will be disqualified immediately.
  4. Flagrant Harassment- Anyone blatantly harassing officials, another player or program personnel, verbally, physically, on social media, or in writing, will be suspended from all Intramural Sports.
  5. Fighting- Anyone becoming involved in a fight will be disqualified immediately.

 

UConn Recreation reserves the right to rule on matters not covered in the Participants Guide. We will apply the spirit of the rules and fairness to all situations.

Sportsmanship and Participant Conduct

Sportsmanship and Participant Conduct

Following each contest in most team sports, the game officials, Intramural manager(s) and scorekeeper will rate each team on their sportsmanship with either an “Acceptable” or “Unacceptable” rating. Teams receiving their 2nd Unacceptable rating in the same season, will be removed from the league or playoffs. Depending on the severity of the incident, a team may be removed from the league and/or face additional sanctions for only one Unacceptable rating. Specific criteria for what constitutes Acceptable and Unacceptable ratings can be found in the rule packet for each sport.

Teams will not receive a rating for a game that is forfeited. Exception: game(s) played, then forfeited due to player(s) eligibility. Ratings will be cumulative based only on the number of games played.

Good sportsmanship is required of all participants. Players and spectators are to conduct themselves properly at all times. UConn Recreation reserves the right to suspend or disqualify groups or individuals for unsportsmanlike conduct at any time. Unsportsmanlike conduct before, during, and/or after a game (event) will not be tolerated. The team captains are expected to assist the department staff and will assume full responsibility for the conduct of the team and spectators.

Any player or fan who has to be removed or ejected from a game or playing area for conduct of an unsportsmanlike nature is automatically ineligible from further competition and will be suspended for any major infractions. (General Unsportsmanlike Conduct: Disrespecting officials or opponents, misuse of equipment, taunting, use of foul language, etc.) Notification of disciplinary action will be sent to the individual and other University departments.

All ejected players must leave the playing area/facility. If the player refuses to leave within a reasonable amount of time, the game may be forfeited and the team captain will be held accountable.

The decision of an official or Intramural staff member to eject a player or spectator for any unsportsmanlike conduct (be it verbal or physical) will be firmly upheld by UConn Recreation. Protests of this type will not be accepted. Absolutely no exceptions.

 

Alcohol and Drug Policy

Individuals, teams, and spectators who arrive intoxicated, suspected of consumption, or possessing alcohol, tobacco products or other illegal substances will not be permitted to play and will be asked to leave the playing area. The game may be forfeited and the offending individuals immediately suspended. UConn Recreation will not tolerate such behavior and will act in a manner that is prudent, keeping the safety of all participants as the priority.

Tie Breaking Procedures

Tie Breaking Procedures

  1. Intramural points earned for the sport. When computing points for win/loss record, the following system will be used:

Win= 3 points

Tie= 1 point

Loss= 0 points

Forfeit= -1 point

  1. Head to head
  2. Sportsmanship
  3. Total point differential for all games
  4. Coin flip

This procedure will be applied to break all ties.

In the event of a tie involving more than 2 teams, the procedure will be followed until one or more teams has been eliminated and the procedure will begin again with the remaining teams until all ties have been broken.

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