Varsity & Sport Club Athletes

Eligibility Restrictions for Intramural Sports

There are restrictions on participation for current and former intercollegiate athletes, current Sport Club athletes, and other “highly competitive” athletes. Captains who wish to place this type of participant on their roster should contact the Intramural Sports Director before adding this type of player to their roster.

 

Intercollegiate Athletes

Active intercollegiate athletes and red-shirts are not eligible to participate in a sport or related sport in which they intend to compete in at the varsity, junior varsity or freshman level for at least one academic semester (not including summer semester) after having last been active.

Related Sports
  • Men’s/Women’s Soccer = IM Speed Soccer and Indoor Soccer
  • Men’s/Women’s Soccer = IM Speed Soccer and Indoor Soccer
  • Men’s/Women’s Basketball = IM Basketball and 3-on-3 Basketball
  • Men’s Baseball/Women’s Softball = IM Softball
  • Men’s Football/Men’s Rugby = IM Flag Football
  • Women’s Volleyball = IM Volleyball (Sixes and Doubles)
  • Men’s/Women’s Tennis = IM Tennis
Criteria Determining Active Intercollegiate Status
  • Member of a varsity, junior varsity or freshman intercollegiate team
  • Suited up for an intercollegiate contest
  • Participated in an intercollegiate contest
  • Practiced with an intercollegiate team after the last cut
  • Red-shirted for an intercollegiate team
  • If an active intercollegiate athlete or red-shirt’s season of competition is in the Fall semester, they are not eligible for Intramural Sports participation in their same sport or a related sport (see above) until the following Fall semester. If the season of competition is the Spring semester, they are ineligible for Intramural Sports participation in their same sport until the following Spring semester. Team Manager’s are advised to seek clarification of this policy when they wish to have an intercollegiate athlete or red-shirt participate on their team.

 

Former Intercollegiate Athletes

Former intercollegiate athletes and red-shirts who have exhausted all NCAA eligibility are eligible to participate in their same sport in the semester following their final season of NCAA eligibility. Former intercollegiate athletes and red-shirts from Cal and/or other four-year institutions must participate (in their sport) at the highest level offered (‘A’ or ‘Comp’) or at the Recreational level.

For eligibility purposes, a participant is considered a former intercollegiate athlete or red-shirt for a period of five years if he has met one of the requirements of active intercollegiate status above.

In divisions where multiple levels of competition are offered, former intercollegiate athletes and red-shirts must play at the highest level offered. There exists no maximum number of players of such standing provided they are playing at the highest level offered in a sport with at least two competitive levels. In sports and divisions with only one competitive level, a maximum of two individuals holding former intercollegiate or red-shirt status may participate on any given team in the sport in which they competed in at the intercollegiate level.

 

Sport Club Participants

Members of Cal Sport Clubs may participate in the sport in which they compete but must participate (in their sport) at the highest level offered (‘A’ or ‘Comp’) or at the Recreational level.

In divisions where multiple levels of competition are offered, Cal Sport Club Members must play at the highest level offered. There exists no maximum number of players of such standing provided they are playing at the highest level offered in a sport with at least two competitive levels.

In sports and divisions with only one competitive level, a maximum of two individuals holding current Cal Sport Club status may participate on any given team in the sport in which they competed in at the sport club level.

 

Professional Athletes

Current professional athletes are ineligible to participate in Intramural Sports. Former professional athletes may participate in the academic year following their last season of employment in professional sports.

In divisions where multiple levels of competition are offered, former professional athletes must play at the highest level offered. There exists no maximum number of players of such standing provided they are playing at the highest level offered in a sport with at least two competitive levels. In sports and divisions with only one competitive level, a maximum of two individuals holding former professional status may participate on any given team in the sport in which they competed in at the professional level.

 

Important Note on Highly Competitive Athletes

These special eligibility considerations regarding the number of former intercollegiate, current Cal Sport Club, and former professional athletes per team applies to sports with teams consisting of five players or more. Otherwise, the number of eligible players per team with special eligibility status is one (e.g., 3-on-3 Basketball or Doubles Volleyball).

Failure to abide by this policy will result in forfeiture of all games in which the illegal intercollegiate, Cal Sport Club, former professional athlete, or professional athlete participated.

Penalty: Any team using an ineligible player will forfeit all games in which the ineligible player participated. Forfeiture of a game precludes a team from entering or advancing though the playoffs.