Lehigh Intramural Sports Policies & Proceedures
The Intramural participant is encouraged to consider his/her personal health and physical condition prior to participation in Intramural activities. Such participation involves physical exertion, fundamental skills for that sport or activity, and may involve physical contact. The participant, being aware of any conditions predisposing his/her to injury or illness, and in consideration of the inherent physical exertion and possible contact involved in Intramural participation, may wish to seek the advice of a physician prior to participation. THE INTRAMURAL SPORTS DEPARTMENT IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR INJURY INCURRED IN INTRAMURAL SPORTS. PARTICIPANTS ARE RESPONSIBLE TO SUPPLY APPROPRIATE INSURANCE COVERAGE.
- The Intramural Staff can not be responsible for checking the eligibility of all persons who participate in the Intramural program. It is the responsibility of the unit Intramural Manager to secure the names of all persons in the unit and insure that all are eligible. Any questionable cases should be brought to the attention of the Intramural Office before any games are played and a ruling obtained. Only current students, faculty and staff are allowed to participate.
- Students shall play only for that living group in which they hold legal residence. Students living off campus but affiliated with a living group may petition to play with the living group.
- Students who change their legal residence during the year must notify the Intramural Office immediately. They must complete existing schedules including playoffs with their original unit. In all subsequent sports they must represent their new unit. Eligibility lists must be updated to reflect this change.
- All freshman pledges may participate with their established living group, and their respective house.
- In order to compete a student must have his name on the living unit eligibility list prior to the first contest. One list signed by the manager will be sufficient to cover all sports. Additions and deletions may be submitted on a supplementary sheet at anytime. All lists must be printed and in alphabetical order.
- Varsity letter winners or students whose intercollegiate eligibility has expired, red-shirted or who are ineligible for Intercollegiate Athletics for any reason are also ineligible for Intramural competition in that sport or related sport. ie; baseball players may not play softball, track and field may not participate in the Turkey Trot, Basketball may not participate in any type of basketball event etc. It is the responsibility of the team captain to check with the office prior to participation.
- Any student listed on the official eligibility roster for any intercolligate sport on the day of its first contest is ineligible to participate in that sport or a related sport. The Intramural Department copy of this list will be official. It is the responsibility of the individual player to see that the IM Office is notified if a change in the players' status occurs. Issue of practice gear is applicable in this ruling.
- Any student who has played as a professional or with a semi-professional team in a sport is ineligible for intramural competition in that sport or related sport.
- Five year students and graduate students are eligible to compete with the unit in which they live, or as independents. A five year or graduate student may participate with a living unit to which he pays social dues and is an active social member.
- Graduate students will be eligible for Department affiliation and participation. Lists must be submitted by a Graduate representative who will be responsible for eligibility of the team.
- Club Sport participants will be determined on a sport basis.
- An individual may compete for only one team per sport except for Gryphons and RAs.
- Gryphons and RAs may only compete on team sports with their freshman units, and not single elimination sports.
- Intramurals are not co-ed unless otherwise noted.
- There are no entry fees to participate in the Intramural Sports program; however designated special events and recreational sport leagues may require an entry fee for participation.
- Before the listed deadline dates, IM Managers or team captains must enter team or individuals at the Intramural Office located in Lower Grace Hall which are normally Mon-Thurs 10 am - 5 pm unless otherwise noted.
- Pairings and schedules will be available at the Intramural Office the following week or when notified by the office for schedule to be picked up. It is the responsibility of the IM Manger to obtain copies of the schedules and communicate game dates and times to the team. It is also their responsibility to educate their team mates of the rules of the game.
- Teams that miss the registration deadline will be assessed a $10 late registration fee. Late registration will only be accepted the Friday following the registration deadline between the hours of 10 am - 12 noon.
- The Intramural Department supplies all game equipment, except softball gloves.
- Participants are permitted to wear soft-soled, rubber cleated shoes. METAL, FIBERGLASS and PLASTIC CLEATS ARE NOT PERMITTED.
- Appropriate attire and footwear are required for all activities.
- Equipment rentals:
Equipment Rental Price List:
||Price to Replace: $30
|Cones (per dozen)
||Price to Replace:$7.50 each
|Flag Football Pack
|| (2 sets of flags.)
||Price to Replace: $30
Price to Replace: $8
Price to Replace: $15 each
Price to Replace: $120
|Tug of War Rope
||Price : $20
||Price to Replace: $175
||Price to Replace: $45
- The Intramural Office has the sole right to postpone any contest. Field conditions, inclement weather, emergency floor use, etc. are considered in making final postponement announcements.
- Each team manager is responsible for contacting the Intramural Office in case of inclement weather, after 3:00pm, by calling 758-4310.
- When a disagreement arises between players, or between a player and an official concerning the rules or the interpretation of the rules, or should a violation of eligibility be discovered, a protest must be made by the team captain. Such protests, except eligibility, must be made at the time the dispute arises and before the game resumes. Most disputes can be settled at the spot and before the game resumes.
- All protests must be lodged at the time and place of infraction by the protesting team. The opposing team and officials must be notified that the contest is being played under protest and an official protest form filled out before the contest is resumed.
- Ineligible player protests must be made in writing within 24 hours of the contest. If evidence is presented as proof that an ineligible player participated with a team, the protested game will be declared forfeit. The player faces possible suspension from further intramural participation.
- Any other supporting statements from either side should be submitted in writing to the Intramural Office within 24 hours.
- Whenever teams or individuals agree to modify the rules they void their rights to protest, except for player eligibility.
- Ineligible players discovered by the Intramural Staff Members will cause the contest to be provisionally protested by the IM Staff and will result in a loss or default for the team in question. Final decisions will be made in the IM Office.
- The Intramural Office reserves the right to put into immediate effect any new rule changes, eligibility requirements, cancellations/postponements of any intramural contests.
- Any individual who strikes another individual in relation to an intramural contest is automatically ejected from that contest and is subject to disciplinary action by the Intramural Office and may be subject to University disciplinary action.
- Play will be on fields or courts designated by the supervisor in charge who will issue equipment and collect final scores sheets. ID required equipment
- Playoffs will begin immediately following the regular season and will be scheduled by the Intramural Office as soon as possible. Teams should be ready to play immediately.
- IM Supervisors are empowered to eject anyone for continued unsportsmanlike conduct or unnecessary roughness. Striking another participant constitutes an automatic ejection.
- Any individual who misrepresents themselves or their unit, is suspected of cheating, or participates under an assumed name, is subject to disciplinary action by the Intramural Office and also may be subject to University disciplinary action.
Alcohol consumption will NOT be permitted during any intramural sports or recreational activities. Violators will be asked to leave the area by the Intramural Staff Members. Offenders may be subject to disciplinary action. ALCOHOL AND DRUGS ARE NOT PERMITTED!
- Game time is forfeit time. If your team or individual (s) are not prepared to play at the scheduled time or location, the contest will be declared a forfeit.
- One forfeit will eliminate a team from further competition.
- A default requires advance notice (between 8:30am - 3:00pm) to the Intramural Office informing that their team will not be participating in the scheduled contest. This may be done with a phone call or e-mail to the Director regarding the teams involved. Both teams are to contact the Director with a default is made.
- 2 defaults will remove that team from further play.
- TEAM FORFEIT FEE - To minimize forfeits, a $5.00 fee per team entry is required. The fee must be paid at the time of registration. The fee will be refunded in full if your team completes the entire schedule of that particular sport. The fee DOES NOT carry over sport to sport.
Any player who has been removed or ejected from a contest or playing area for conduct which is unsportsmanlike in nature is AUTOMATICALLY INELIGIBLE from further competition and automatically suspended from at least their next scheduled contest until reinstated by the Director of Intramural Sports.
The following situations and disciplinary actions will be followed:
Disrespect Towards Intramural Supervisors or Program Official
- disqualification from contest
- Suspension for next scheduled contest
- Forfeit of contest
**The he/she did it first" are not acceptable excuses**
- Disqualification from contest
- Suspension for next 2 contests
- 2nd offense - disqualification for remainder of that season
- 3rd offense - barred from the participation in Intramurals for 1 full year and will face University disciplinary procedures.
- Teams involved will receive a forfeit and face suspension until reinstated by the Director of Intramural Sports
Shoving, Striking or Flagrantly Offending Intramural Personnel
- Will result In disqualification from ALL intramural sports for 1 calendar year. This includes an attempt, even though there may be no contact. Individual(s) will face University disciplinary actions.
The decision of the intramural supervisor to eject a player for unsportsmanlike conduct, be it verbal or physical, will be firmly upheld by the Department of Intramural and Club Sports. Protests will not be accepted. There will be NO exceptions to this ruling.
Good sportsmanship is an important aspect of a successful program. It is necessary that all of our participants display proper conduct to include mutual respect for each other and student employees in all instances. The following will be considered as evidence of unsportsmanlike conduct.
- Excessive Profanity
- Arguing with Intramural Supervisors
- Abusive remarks towards opponent
- Abusive language towards Intramural Supervisors
- Sideline misbehavior by participants
- Unnecessary physical contact
- Illegal players/participation
The Intramural Staff will report any team or individual that violates this policy and could be subject to suspension from the remainder of the year.
- Normally the top 2 teams with the best overall record will advance to playoffs, unless otherwise noted. Your team should be ready to play to post season play if your team has a winning record. Every attempt to place more than 2 teams from each league will be made based on available space and time.
- Players must have played in 1 contest in the regular season to be eligible to participate in playoffs.
- Playoffs will beging immediately following the conclusion of the regular season.
- Every attempt will be made to have playoff brackets ready for pickup prior to the start of the tournament. However, circumstance such as weather and facility availability could hinder that process. In that case, an e-mail communication will be sent out to all teams with further instructions.
ALL UNIVERSITY CHAMPIONSHIP
A Division Champion will be determined in all tournaments conducted throughout the year as part of the Intramural Sports program. A team's placement in the final standings of each tournament will also earn the unit Trophy Points according to the SCORING SYSTEM. At the end of the year, the unit in each division with the greater number of Trophy Points will receive T-shirts. Trophy Point divisions include; Upperclass, Upperclass Independent, Freshmen (men) and Women.
- In every activity, contests will be scheduled as time and facilities permit. Complete schedules can be picked up at the Intramural Office. For further information consult your Intramural Manager or the Intramural Office.
- All matches are scheduled for a specific hour and date or deadline date.
- All scheduled contests will be played on designated courts, fields and floors under the jurisdiction of the Intramural Sports Staff.
- Due to limited space and time constraints, all contests must be played as scheduled. Only contests that are postponed due to weather or circumstances beyond our control will be rescheduled if time and space permit.
- Copies of schedules will be available at the Intramural Office.
- Intramural Staff Members are not referees or umpires. That function must be handled by the teams involved.
- Intramural Staff Members are student employees who are responsible for the conduct of the Intramural program on site. They assist in area and game preparation, field/court assignment, equipment, injuries, protests, rules interpretations, score reports, etc.
- One team representative should always check in with the Intramural Staff Members before and after play. This team representative should always be ready with an ID card to secure the necessary equipment, etc.