1. Rec Sports competition is typically offered in three leagues:
- Open league (no gender requirements)
- Women's league
- CoRec league (must meet minimum gender requirements)
2. Within each league, competition may be divided into the following divisions:
- PREMIER (Prem): Designed for highly skilled competitive teams/individuals that may have an Unlimited number of "experienced" players on the team roster. Teams will have 5 scheduled games (1 preseason and 4 regular season). The top Two-Thirds (2/3) of teams in this divison will qualify for playoffs. Champions in this division will earn a picture on the Wall of Fame and a championship T-shirt.
- COMPETITIVE (Comp): Designed for average to highly skilled competitive teams/individuals that may have up to Three (3) "experienced" players for team sports with up to 6 players, Four (4) "experienced" players for teams sports with 7-9 players, and Five (5) experienced players for sports with 10 players. Teams will have 5 scheduled games (1 preseason and 4 regular season). The top Half (1/2) of teams in this division will qualify for playoffs. Depending on the number of teams that qualify for playoffs, teams may be split into Gold & Silver brackets. Champions in this division, and both brackets, will earn a picture on the Wall of Fame and a championship T-shirt.
- RECREATIONAL (Rec): Strictly a beginner/social league. Designed for beginning/average skilled teams/individuals that Cannot have any "experienced" players on the team roster. For CoRec leagues, there will be a minimal gender requirement on the field/court of play. There will be NO playoffs, champ shirts, wall of fame pictures, or any other awards for this division. Teams will get 5 scheduled games (1 preseason, 4 regular season).
- RESIDENCE HALL (Res Hall): Designed for teams comprised of individuals living in University approved housing (Residence Halls or Student Housing Apartment residents only). Cannot have "experienced" players on the roster. No gender requirement on the field/court of play. All team will advance to playoffs pending they attend at least 2 out of 4 regular season games (no preaseason for this division). Champions in this division will earn a picture on the Wall of Fame and a championship T-shirt.
- GRAD/STAFF/FACULTY (GSF): Designed for teams comprised of Graduate/Professional students, Staff, and Faculty. Few Undergrads or Alums may participate on the team, but the team must be comprised mainly of grad, staff and faculty players. Teams will get 5 scheduled games (1 preseason and 4 regular season). Up to Three (3) "experienced" players are allowed on the roster. The top overall teams in this division will qualify for playoffs. Champions in this division will earn a picture on the Wall of Fame and a championship T-shirt.
CoRec Recreational league requirements
We now have an updated minimum gender requirement for our CoRec Recreational leagues. We've adjusted our requirement to reflect the following for team sports:
4 player: 2:2 ratio, 5 player: 3:2 ratio, 6 player: 4:2 ratio, 7 player: 5:2 ratio, 8 players: 5:3 ratio, 10 player: 6:4 ratio. The higher number is the max of any one gender you may have on the field/court at a time. Teams must have at least 1 of another gender and meet the minimum total number for each sport to avoid a forfeit.
Teams are strongly urged to enter into the proper level of competition. Should a team obviously be playing out of their competitive level, the Intramural Sports Office will immediately counsel that team and has the right, at their discretion, to move a team up to the next class level for playoffs.
- "Experienced Athletes" may compete in the sport where they are "experienced" as stipulated in the rules for that activity. The term "experienced" refers to CURRENT Intercollegiate athletes (ICA), Club athletes (Club), and Professional (Pro) athletes. The term "experienced" will expire by June 30 of the current academic year. At this point, the player is no longer considered "experienced" if the player decides to no longer be on an ICA, Club or Pro team.
- The term "current Intercollegiate athlete" refers to any player who is on the roster/coaches' list of an Intercollegiate team (including athletes who are red-shirting).
- The term "Club athlete" refers to any individual who is currently on the roster of a Sport Club team at a four-year institution.
- The term "Professional" refers to any individual who is currently on the roster of a professional or semi-professional team in a sport.
- The "experienced" term only refers to an athlete in their like sport (e.g., Club Soccer player is considered an "experienced" player for IM Soccer but not for IM Basketball)
Note: Once a participant appears on a current ICA, Club or Pro roster they become an experienced player for that like sport for the entire academic year (Fall, Winter, Spring)
- Teams that compete in the Premier, Competitive, or Grad Staff Faculty league will qualify at least the top 50% of teams to playoffs.
- For all leagues (except Res Hall), the top overall teams in the league will qualify for playoffs pending they meet the following requirements (no longer guaranteed a playoff spot based on division standings):
- Attend at least 3/5 scheduled games (i.e. can only forfeit two games due to a no show or not having enough players at game time)
- Have a 3.5 or higher FairPlay score
- Have 0 or 1 ejection on the team (2 or more ejected players will automatically disqualify a team from playoffs)
- Completed the Captain's Meeting quiz prior to the deadline set by the IM program
- For the Res Hall league, all teams will advance to playoffs pending they attend at least 2/4 regular season games (i.e. can only forfeit two games due to a no show or not having enough players at game time)
- Rating Score will always determine seeding for playoffs. Should teams be tied in Rating Score the computer will determine the seeding.
- Any player that gets ejected from a game for conduct/behavior issues will automatically be disqualified from playoffs for that team. Players will also lose their playoff eligibility for a team if they accumulate the equivalent of 3 cautions/warnings/unsportsmanslike penalties due to conduct/behavior issues throughout the season (ex: 3 conduct-related yellow cards in soccer, 3 technicals in basketball, 3 unsportsmanlike penalties in Flag Football, etc.)