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 IMLeagues site.
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.
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 captains will have the ability to request preferred game times and playing dates for certain leagues. Since captains are required to input their team’s availability, game rescheduling is highly limited. Teams may not postpone or cancel games by agreement. The Intramural Office reserves the right to reschedule games when necessary. All changes will be posted on the IMLeagues site.
Team Captains’ Quiz
Team captains’ are responsible for demonstrating knowledge of all Intramural policies and procedures by completing a mandatory captains’ quiz as part of registration. Necessary information to complete the quiz can be found in this participants guide, as well as in the rules packet for each respective league or tournament.
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.
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 IMLeagues.
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.
Players looking to join a team may add themselves to the IMLeagues free agents list. Once on IMLeagues, participants will also be able to view teams that are looking for players. Step by step instructions for signing up as a free agent as well as joining a team can be found in the Registration Information on the UConn Recreation website.
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.
- 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.
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.
Registering a Team
All team registrations will be accepted through IMLeagues during the proper league or tournament registration period.
Steps to register a team:
- Register team on IMLeagues during registration period
- Complete Captains’ Quiz (when applicable)
- Register the minimum number of players to the team (when applicable)
- Select team’s time preferences (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. All roster additions must be completed through IMLeagues. For a player to be eligible to participate in a game, that player must be added to the online roster and accepted by the captain by:
- 4:00PM on the day of a game held Monday-Thursday
- 10:00AM on the day of a game held Saturday-Sunday
No roster additions will be allowed at the game sites.
Valid UConn ID Required to Play
A valid UConn ID is required to participate in Intramurals and Tournaments. If a student or SRF member forgets their UConn ID card, they may gain access by purchasing a non-refundable $5 guest pass. In order to purchase a guest pass, participants will need a valid photo ID.
In order to participate in Intramurals a participant must have either:
- Valid UConn ID
- Valid Photo ID & a guest pass purchased from the SRF
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.
Team Forfeit Fee & Re-Entry Fee Procedure
Prior to registering for all Intramural Leagues & Tournaments, the captain (or individual) must agree that if their team (or individual) forfeits a game or match, their University of Connecticut fee bill will be charged $25. In addition, teams (or individual) that withdraw from the league (or tournament) after the close of registration may be charged a $25 non-refundable forfeit fee. Teams wishing to remain in the league after their first forfeit must complete the online form consenting to an additional $25 fee bill charge (non-refundable) by 4:00pm the next day. The consenting form will be emailed to the team through IM Leagues following the team’s first forfeit.
If the team does not consent to the additional re-entry fee, they will be removed from the league and may be replaced with available teams on the waiting list. 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).
Note: Any team forfeiting their second game in the same sport season will be automatically removed from the league.
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 2018-2019 school year is ineligible for the remainder of the school year (2018-2019), including the 2019 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 2018-2019 school year.
Non-scholarship practice players and players who only participated in tryouts are not considered current varsity players.
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.
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.
The UConn Intramural Sports program offers three divisions of competition: Men’s, Women’s and Co-Recreational.
All UConn male undergraduate and graduate students, as well as male faculty, staff, and community members are eligible to participate in this division.
All UConn female undergraduate and graduate students, as well as female faculty, staff and community members are eligible to participate in this division.
All UConn undergraduate and graduate students, as well as staff and community members, are eligible to participate in this division.
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.
UConn Intramurals encourages individuals to participate in accordance with their own expressed gender identity. When signing up to play Intramurals via IMLeagues, students will be asked to self-identify their gender. UConn Intramurals recognizes that the options available for students to select on IMLagues 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 Coordinator of Intramural Sports 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.
- Harassment- Any individual disqualified from a contest for addressing an official, another player, or other program personnel in an unsportsmanlike manner will be suspended from competition for a minimum of two scheduled contests.
- Endangering- Anyone endangering the welfare of another will be disqualified immediately. In addition, the individual will be suspended from competition for a minimum of two scheduled contests.
- Flagrantly Endangering- Anyone blatantly endangering the welfare of another will be disqualified immediately. In addition, the individual will be suspended from competition for a minimum of the reminder of the sport season, and potentially a semester or 365 days depending on the severity of the action.
- 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, as well as, all other programs offered by UConn Recreation, for a minimum of 365 days.
- Fighting- Anyone becoming involved in a fight will be disqualified immediately. In addition, the individual will be suspended from further competition for 365 days.
- Cheating: Any individual who is responsible for cheating will be suspended from competition according to the following guidelines:
- Playing for multiple teams and violating any eligibility rules:
-Remainder of the sport season in which the violation occurred (minimum). The individual will remain eligible to participate in other Intramurals and Tournaments. In addition, the individual will be placed on probation for 365 days.
- Playing while under suspension:
-365 days from all Intramurals and Tournaments.
- Using someone else’s ID, allowing another person to use one’s own ID, playing under a false name, allowing another person to use someone else’s ID, or allowing a suspended player to participate:
-365 days from all Intramurals and Tournaments.
Policies and Procedures
- If a team is responsible for being involved in a cheating incident, the entire team may be placed on probation. Depending on the severity of the incident, the team may be ineligible for playoffs or may be removed from the league entirely. A forfeit will be given to any team for a game in which an ineligible player participated.
- A forfeit by a suspended player’s team will not count as a game served for an individual’s suspension. The participant will still have to serve the necessary game(s) to fulfill their suspension.
- Suspensions will be served in the sport in which the offense occurred. While under suspension, individuals are not allowed to participate in any Intramural Sports and Tournaments.
- In cases occurring late in the sport season, semester or academic year, a suspension may carry over into the next sport, semester or Intramural/school year.
- After reinstatement, anyone involved in a second offense may be suspended from competition for one full calendar year (365 days). Depending on the severity of the incident(s), the individual(s) may be banned from all programs and services offered by UConn Recreation. In addition to the consequences imposed by the department, these incidents will be sent to Community Standards to determine if a violation of The Student Code of Conduct has occurred.
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.
Protests, 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.
Teams or individuals may file a protest concerning the misapplication of rules and/or policies as well as individual/team eligibility. Matters involving an official’s judgment are not a basis for protest.
The captain of a protesting team is required to make the protest to the officials in charge of the contest at the time the question is raised. Once play has resumed, a protest will not be valid. The officials are responsible for notifying the Intramural Manager, who will note the game situation so that the contest may be replayed from that point, in the event the protest is upheld.
After the protest is reviewed, the Coordinator of Intramurals and Tournaments will rule on the protest. The decision will be final.
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. Such individuals will be given a minimum of a 365-day suspension and will be subject to University disciplinary procedures.
Tie Breaking Procedures
Tie Breaking Procedures
- 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
- Head to head
- Total point differential for all games
- 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.