Policies

ORGANIZATION OF COMPETITION


Intramural competition is offered in three divisions.

  1. Men's Division: Individual men or men's teams that may, but are not required to, represent the various Greek organizations, residence halls, or independent groups of the University.
  2. Women's Division: Individual women or women's teams that may, but not required to, represent the various Greek organizations, residence halls, or independent groups of the University.
  3. Co-Rec Division: Teams with a minimum numbers of players of each gender. Teams may, but are not required to, represent specific organizations.

LEVELS OF COMPETITION

  1. Team Sports: Teams may choose to participate in one of three leagues. The Competitive League (A) is designed for teams seeking a high level of competition. The Recreational League (B) offers a less competitive environment for teams that desire to participate in a more relaxed atmosphere. In addition, a "C" league may be added, a "just-for-fun" league.
  2. Individual/Dual Sports: In some individual/dual sports, competition is divided into ability levels. Individuals are responsible for choosing their own level based on their ability and the level of competition they desire. The open level (A) is for highly skilled athletes who possess above-average skills and have competitive experience. The intermediate level (B) is for average skilled players who have limited experience in competitive play. The novice level is designed for individuals new to an activity.
  3. The goal of this system is for players to seek competition at their own ability levels so that players of lesser skill can, and will, participate and enjoy some measure of success. Beginning players are welcome and encouraged to participate in intramural activities.
  4. It may be necessary to combine classes or leagues in the case of limited entries.
ELIGIBILITY
  1. Each participant is responsible for the verification of his/her own eligibility. Likewise, each team manager is responsible for the eligibility of his/her team members.
  2. In order to be eligible to participate in intramural, an individual must fit into one of the following categories:
  3. Full-time undergraduate student (enrolled in 12 or more credit hours).
  4. Full-time graduate student (enrolled in nine or more credit hours).
  5. Full-time law student (enrolled in 12 or more credit hours).
  6. Full-time faculty/staff member.
  7. Any English Institute or part-time law, graduate, or undergraduate student who has paid the intramural participation fee ($6.50, paid each semester, with the receipt filed in the Recreational Sports Department, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday, prior to participation).
  8. Before participation in an intramural sport, individuals must be registered on an entry card and must have signed the Declaration of Good Health Waiver and any other required waiver (facilities and activities) in the Campus Recreation department.
  9. Roster changes/additions must be made by 5:00 p.m. (unless game is before 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, in which case the change/addition must be made one hour before the first game of the day begins). All changes/additions for weekend games must be made by 2:00 p.m., Friday.
  10. In order to be eligible to participate in play-offs, an individual must have played in at least one regular season contest.
  11. All players must present a valid University of Tulsa ID prior to participation in any intramural contest.
  12. All players must present a valid CFC (Collins Fitness Center) ID to participate in Intramurals held in the Collins Fitness Center.
  13. An individual may not play on more than one team within a division of a sport.
  14. If a player wishes to transfer from one team to another; he/she must do so through the Campus Recreation department before his/her current team's first scheduled contest.
  15. A player listed on two rosters will be considered a member of the team he/she plays for first.
  16. Any player signed in on the GAME score sheet will be considered to have played.
  17. Names and social security numbers on the game score sheet must be identical to the names and social security numbers on the entry card.
  18. Any player who competes in intramurals under an assumed name will be disqualified in that sport for the rest of the sport season. Further action may be taken upon review by the Intramural director.
  19. Any team fielding a player using an assumed name will forfeit all games in which that individual played. Further action against the team may be taken by the Intramural director.
  20. Members of Varsity Teams
  21. Any individual who is a member of a junior varsity or varsity squad shall not be eligible to participate in intramural competition in that sport or corresponding sports.
  22. Members of the varsity or freshman sports squads will be defined as those on scholarship, walk-ons, redshirts, academic or otherwise ineligible for intercollegiate competition, persons having varsity equipment checked out to them, and persons practicing with or against varsity teams during scheduled varsity practices.
  23. Any person who has earned an athletic letter or has been a member of a varsity or freshman sport squad (see above definition) at any institution that gives college credit shall not, for a period of one academic year following the academic year in which participation took place, be eligible to participate in that sport of corresponding sports.
  24. Any person trying out for a varsity sport who quits or is cut from the team after the second contest of the season shall be ineligible to participate in that sport or corresponding sports for a period of one academic year, following the academic year in which participation took place.
  25. The number of varsity athletes (persons affected by eligibility rule 8a) participating on a team at the same time may not exceed one-half of the starting number for that sport. (Does not apply to Co-Rec Sports.) This policy will be reviewed prior to each team sport.
  26. Members of the Sports Clubs Since the Sport Club program is new, policies regarding participation by sport club members in the same or corresponding sports will be reviewed by the director of Campus Recreation on an individual basis.
  27. Professionals Any individual who is established as a professional or semi-professional in any sport is ineligible in those activities in which he/she forfeited his/her amateur standing. The director of Campus Recreation will rule on all questionable situations.
  28. Corresponding sports are defined as but not limited to:

    Baseball/SoftballSoftball
    Homerun Contest
    BasketballBasketball
    1 on 1
    3 on 3
    2 on 2
    GolfGolf
    Putt Putt Golf
    FootballFootball
    VolleyballVolleyball
    Sand Volleyball Triples
    Sand Volleyball Doubles
    SoccerIndoor/Outdoor Soccer


  29. Individuals signing up in the Campus Recreation department to be placed on a team may be drafted by independent or residence hall teams.
  30. Penalty for using an ineligible player:
  31. The team shall forfeit all contests in which the ineligible player(s) participated.
  32. Any player participating illegally will be suspended from intramural participation for at least the remainder of that sport season.
  33. The Campus Recreation department reserves the right to put into immediate effect any rule changes or modifications regarding eligibility, but before doing so, will attempt to notify the participants through their team managers via the intramural manager's meeting.

MANAGERS
Team managers play a vital role, they provide leadership and serve as a liaison between the Campus Recreation department and the participants. The team managers' functions and responsibilities include the following:

  1. Serve as a liaison between their intramural team and the Campus Recreation department with regard to current information concerning schedules, rules, and rule changes.
  2. Obtain and submit by the designated deadline date, entry cards for each of the respective sports, with complete and correct team/player information on all entry cards.
  3. Represent the team and/or organization, or send a representative to all managers' meetings.
  4. Notify team members of all playing dates, times, and locations.
  5. Know all rules pertaining to player eligibility, and make certain that all team members are eligible before listing them on the roster.
  6. Becoming familiar with rules and of officiating techniques, and encourage team members to become officials.
  7. Consult Intramural Policies & Procedures for information related to rescheduling of games, protest procedures, forfeits, etc.
  8. Serve as an example of good sportsmanship for fellow team members and followers.

MANAGER'S MEETINGS
Managers' meetings are held for the purpose of information dissemination, rules interpretation, finalization of playing schedules, and answering questions.

  1. Managers' meetings are held every Monday at 3:30 p.m.
  2. The first meeting for a team sport will be held on the Monday following the entry deadline date.
  3. Attendance at the first meeting of every sport and the meeting immediately prior to play-offs is mandatory. Teams not represented at either of these meetings will not be eligible for play-offs.
  4. Attendance at each managers' meeting will earn 10 Golden Team points for the team(s) represented.
  5. The sport season is defined as the period of time from when an entry is accepted by the Campus Recreation department until the team is eliminated from play-offs.

REGISTRATION

  1. Entry cards, sport fact sheets, and rules may be obtained from the Campus Recreation department, Collins Fitness Center.
  2. Entry cards must be returned to the Campus Recreation department by the specifies entry deadline day. Most entry deadlines are Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.
  3. Entry cards must be complete and accompanied by the correct registration fee in order to be accepted. INCOMPLETE ENTRY CARDS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
  4. Entries will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Team managers select the Block [day(s), time(s), and level of competition] in which they desire to play. Blocks are limited; therefore, early entries are encouraged. (At times, it may be necessary to combine blocks.) During play-offs, days and times may vary from block choices.
  5. Late entries will be accepted if time and space allow.
  6. A nonrefundable late fee of $10 will be charged per team in team sports. (This is in addition to the $25 entry fee.)
  7. In Individual/Dual Sports, players wishing to enter late may slow up at the tournament site and assume a position left open by a forfeit.
  8. Late entries will not be eligible for team or individual points.
  9. The registration fee for team sports is $25.
  10. There is generally no fee for Individual/Dual Sports except in the case of off-campus facility use.
  11. Some entries are available online at: www.utulsa.edu/.

FORFEITS

  1. If a team is not present and ready to play within 10 minutes of the scheduled starting time of a contest, a forfeit will be declared. (Some activities may not have a 10-minute forfeit time.)
  2. Individual/dual activities game time is forfeit time.
  3. In order to claim a forfeit, the opposing team/individual/dual must have the correct number of players present and ready to play.
  4. If neither team/individual/dual is able to field the correct number of players, a double forfeit will be declared.
  5. If a team forfeits two (2) of its scheduled contests during a sports season, it will be dropped from further competition in that sport. All teams scheduled to play that team will receive a victory unless another team is added in its place.
  6. Forfeits due to ineligible players or unsportsmanlike conduct will result in the same penalties outlined above, with the possibility of additional penalties.
  7. Any team receiving a forfeit due to an illegal player, a player whose last name is the same on the blue card and score sheet but the first name is not IDENTICAL, will have 24 hours upon notification to provide proof that the two individuals are the same person. Proof can be a student ID or other official documentation. However, it is left to the discretion of the director of Campus Recreation whether to accept the proof provided.
  8. Members of a team that has forfeited out of play are not eligible to participate for another team in that sport.
  9. Teams (and their members) that forfeit out of play will not receive Golden Team or Individual points for that sport.

PROTESTS

  1. All protests must be filed by the team captain/manager at the time the questionable action occurs.
  2. Protests concerning rules interpretations will be settled at the game site by the officials, the sport supervisor, and/or an administrative member of the Campus Recreation department.
  3. If a team captain believes the decision rendered to be in error; he/she must notify the officials and supervisors that the contest will continue under protest.
  4. A written protest and a $5 protest fee must be submitted to the Campus Recreation department prior to noon the following day. The fee will be returned if the protest is upheld.
  5. A matter of involving the official's judgment is not the subject of protest.
  6. A protest concerning a player's eligibility can be made before, during, or after a contest.
  7. If an eligibility question is raised before or during a contest, the player and team captain will be notified and given the choice of whether the player will play.
  8. If the player chooses to play and is found to be ineligible, the contest will be forfeited and that player suspended from further participation for that sports season. (Further action may be taken by the director of Campus Recreation.)
  9. If the player leaves the contest and is found to be ineligible, he/she and the contest may be subject to review by the director of Campus Recreation.
  10. A protest regarding the eligibility of players must be made before either team plays its next scheduled game.
  11. Eligibility questions after a contest will be investigated by a representative of the Recreation Sports Department. Penalties for ineligibility will be reviewed by the director of Campus Recreation.

POSTPONEMENTS AND RESCHEDULING

  1. Postponements due to field and/or weather conditions will be made by a representative of the Campus Recreation department. This decision will be made one hour prior to the first scheduled contest of the day.
  2. Inclement weather for football, soccer, and softball: If a game is stopped in the first half or prior to four complete innings, the game will be restarted (when possible). If the game is stopped at half time, the second half will be rescheduled (when possible). In this case, play will continue with the score as is. If a game is canceled in the second half or after four complete innings, a game will be official and the score will stand.
  3. When possible, postponed games will be rescheduled by the Campus Recreation department.
  4. Rescheduling of contests for other reasons (player illness, conflicting schedules, etc.) is seldom possible due to the number of entries and limited time/space during the season.
  5. Teams wishing to reschedule a contest must:
  6. Contact the Campus Recreation department to obtain a list of available rescheduling times.
  7. Contact the opposing team manager. If the opposing team is willing to reschedule, a mutually convenient date/time should be agreed upon.
  8. Confirm the chosen rescheduling time with the Campus Recreation department. BOTH team managers must sign the Game Reschedule Request form in the Campus Recreation department.
  9. Rescheduling forms must be COMPLETED 24 hours prior to the originally scheduled contest and/or chosen reschedule date. All weekend competitions must be rescheduled by 2:00 p.m. Friday.
SPORTSMANSHIP
It is the philosophy of the Campus Recreation department that sportsmanship and fair play are vital aspects of intramural competition.
  1. In order to insure proper conduct before, during, and after a contest, officials, sport supervisors, and administrative personnel will make decisions to warn, penalize, or eject players/teams displaying unsportsmanlike conduct.
  2. A team is responsible for the actions of the individual members the team and for their spectators. The conduct of players, coaches, team managers, and spectators before and after the game is as important as during the game. Teams will be held responsible for their group's conduct at these times.
INTRAMURAL PARTICIPANT EJECTION POLICY
  1. Any intramural participant ejected from a game/activity is suspended automatically from their next game. (This includes all divisions in which a player is participating for a particular sport.)
  2. Any intramural participant who is ejected from a game/activity in which his/her team has been eliminated from the sport season will be suspended automatically from the first game of his/her next team activity.
  3. Any individual(s) addressing an official, supervisor, or other Campus Recreation personnel in an unsportsmanlike or discourteous manner will be disqualified immediately. The individual(s) not only will be ejected from that game but will be suspended automatically from their next game.
  4. Fighting. Any individual(s) involved in a fight (unaccepted physical contact, commonly known as fisticuffs) will be ejected automatically from that game and suspended from their next game.
  5. The ejected participant(s) must schedule an appointment with the director of Campus Recreation within 24 hours of the ejection. (The ejected participant will remain suspended until a meeting with the director is scheduled and completed.)
  6. After this meeting, the director will determine if and what further disciplinary action is necessary.
  7. The director of Campus Recreation shall have the following powers and duties:
  8. To hear and approve settlements to direction by the council.
  9. To hear and determine disputed claims.
  10. To promulgate necessary rules and regulations subject to the approval of the council.
  11. Such other duties and responsibilities authorized by rule or as the council may prescribe.
  12. If a contest is discontinued due to unsportsmanlike conduct, the team(s) responsible will receive a forfeit and be dropped from further league competition. The case will be reviewed by the director of Campus Recreation to determine if further disciplinary action is necessary.
  13. At no time will the use of alcoholic beverages or drugs be allowed in Collins Fitness Center, Skelly Stadium, or on Harwell Field. Violators are subject to disciplinary action. Intramural participants will be ejected from contests and suspended from their next game if, in the opinion of the official, a supervisor, or an administrative member of the Campus Recreation department, they are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  14. At no time will unsportsmanlike conduct of any kind be tolerated. Any case of unsportsmanlike conduct is subject to review by the director of Campus Recreation.

TEAM SPORTSMANSHIP RATINGS
After every contest, each team will be evaluated by the officials and/or supervisor according to the sportsmanship they displayed. The following scale is used: A=10 C=5 F=0

  1. An "A" rating is awarded to a team with good sportsmanship. Examples include: Team members and spectators demonstrate extremely good sportsmanship, maintaining an attitude of complete cooperation toward the other team and officials. Respect and encouragement are shown for the officials and opposing team.
  2. A "C" rating is awarded to a team with average sportsmanship. Examples include: Unsportsmanlike conduct is not present in the game except for rare minor infractions, and the game progresses without any undue problems.
  3. A "F" rating is awarded to a team with poor sportsmanship. Examples include: A team or team member(s) disregards warnings of unnecessary roughness; when a player is ejected for abusive remarks, or when such remarks are made repeatedly by players or spectators toward an official, supervisor, opponent, or any member of the Campus Recreation department; if any player takes any action in which the intent is to bring about physical harm to another player; if a player(s) other than the captain or manager persists in questioning the official(s) or if any other player(s) repeatedly argues with an official; if the spectators clearly related to the team fail to cooperate with the official(s), supervisor, or any member of the Campus Recreation department to keep the game running in an orderly manner; if the game is discontinued/forfeited due to an extreme misconduct (fighting, physical abuse to officials, abusive language) that prohibits the contest from progressing with proper order and control. Teams must adhere to the sportsmanship regulations by obtaining a "C" average in the regular season to qualify for play-offs. This sportsmanship average will carry over into the play-offs. If a team's sportsmanship average drops below the "C" average during play-off competition, the team will be dropped from play regardless of its sportsmanship average. The Campus Recreation department reserves the right to drop any team and or individual from play-off competition for sportsmanlike violations regardless of that team's sportsmanship average.

INTRAMURAL COUNCIL
The Campus Recreation Council is composed of interested intramural managers or participants and patrons of all the Campus Recreation facilities. The council considers cases of unsportsmanlike conduct, protests, or appeals; assists in the formulation and modification of intramural policies and procedures; participates in the development of the intramural calendar of events; and is a source of input for all aspects of the campus recreation program. Members of the council represent Greek, residence hall, and independent groups, and the College of Law. An intramural sports supervisor is also a member.

CHAMPIONS/AWARDS

  1. Tournament champions for each team or individual/dual sport will be determined through an appropriate form of structured competition that may include regular season round robin tournaments followed by play-offs, a single or double elimination tournament, a high score/low score contest, or a meet.
  2. Tournament champions will receive intramural champion T-shirts. In addition, they accumulate intramural points that count toward the yearly All Campus Champion (Golden Team) and Intramural Athlete of the year (Golden Man/Woman) Awards.
  3. A Sportsmanship Award is given to the men's and women's team displaying the highest degree of sportsmanship in activities throughout the year.
  4. The Manager of the Year is selected by the intramural managers and Campus Recreation staff based upon the organization and coordination of his/her overall contribution to the intramural sports program.
  5. The J. Paschal Twyman and Michael W. Davis Campus Recreation Achievement Award is a most prestigious award based on outstanding undergraduate individual commitment, service, and contribution to excellence, integrity, and growth of The University of Tulsa Campus Recreation program. A permanent plaque is mounted inside Mabee Gymnasium where each year the winner's name is engraved.

FLOOR REPRESENTATIVES
One individual from each floor of the residence halls acts as the intramural floor representative. These individuals help promote intramural sports by receiving and posting Campus Recreation publicity (fliers, fact sheets, newsletters) and/or helping organize teams. Anyone interested in becoming a floor representative should contact the Campus Recreation department.

INJURIES
Since participation in the Campus Recreation program is voluntary, neither The University of Tulsa nor the Campus Recreation department assume responsibility for any injuries incurred during participation in any recreational sport. The Campus Recreation department endeavors to take reasonable safeguards to provide a safe environment but cannot guarantee it will be totally risk free. In the event of any serious injury sustained during intramural competition, the student will be referred to the Alexander Health Center or the appropriate medical/emergency to sign a waiver releasing The University of Tulsa from liability prior to participation.

POINTS

  1. Any interested Greek, residence hall, or independent team competing in the men's or women's division may participate in the All-Campus points competition. Points are awarded on the basis of participation and final tournament standings.
  2. Co-rec teams will not be eligible for team points.
  3. TEAM SPORTS Team Points
    Participation5050
    Final StandingA LeagueB/C League
    Championship5050
    2nd Place300
    3rd Place200
    4th Place100
    Individual Points
    Participation20
    Final Standing - Same as Team
    (Individuals competing on the B and C League teams will receive participation points only (20).
  4. Teams and individuals receive points if the team completes the entire season without forfeiting out.
  5. Individuals must have played at least one game/contest to receive individual points.
  6. In order to accumulate points throughout the year, teams must maintain the same name. Points from different teams within an organization/residence hall will not be combined.
  7. Ten points will be awarded to each team for attendance at the weekly managers' meetings.
  8. INDIVIDUAL/DUAL SPORTS Team Points
    Participation50
    Final StandingClass AClass B/C
    Championship250
    2nd Place200
    3rd Place150
    4th Place100
    Individual Points
    Participation20
    Final StandingClass AClass B/C
    Championship200
    2nd Place150
    3rd Place100
    4th Place50
  9. A team will receive points if one or more of its members participate in an individual/dual event (Class A,B, or C).
  10. If one-half or more of a team's entrants forfeit, the team receives no points for that event.

STUDENT EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

  1. Intramural Sport Supervisors
    Job Description
    Primarily, the intramural supervisor oversees intramural activities, making sure that they are conducted according to the rules, regulations, and philosophy of the Campus Recreation Department.

    Job Qualifications

  2. Some prior knowledge of all intramural activities.
  3. Good communication and leadership abilities.
  4. Ability to act in a non-biased, mature, supportive manner when interacting with officials, participants, spectators, and support staff.
  5. Availability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends.
  6. Responsible and dependable.
  7. INTRAMURAL SPORTS OFFICIALS AND SCOREKEEPERS
    Job Description
    Students are hired to officiate and score intramural team sports. Work schedules are arranged around personal schedules. Officials' and scorekeepers' responsibilities include officiating and scoring contests, attending training clinics, enforcing program policies and regulations, and performing related tasks as assigned. In addition, officials can earn Golden Team Points for their team.

    Job Qualifications

  8. Prior knowledge of the particular sport(s) in which they want to work.
  9. Previous officiating experience is not mandatory.
  10. Responsible and dependable.
  11. OTHER POSITIONS AVAILABLE
The Campus Recreation Department has limited opportunities for additional position such as office aides. For further information, contact the Campus Recreation Department.