Rules & Policies

 
 

Below you’ll find the official policies maintained by IM Sports.


Ratings System

The IM Sports Rating System outlines how league standings, playoff seeding and divisional tiebreakers are determined across all sports.

With the adoption of the Sportifik platform, the IM Rating System listed below is no longer in effect. In general, division standings are determined by a team’s win/loss record (points total for Soccer). To break ties, head-to-head results are used, followed by sportsmanship average, and various offensive and defensive points metrics.

Standings

Division standings will be based on how well you fare within your league (Wins/Points/Winning%).

Who Advances to Playoffs

In most cases, the top two teams in each division who do not have any forfeits – “no shows” – and have a FairPlay rating (sportsmanship score) of 3.5 or better will advance to the playoffs. Any wild card teams taken above and beyond the top two will based on Rating score. The number of teams and playoff format is subject to change from season to season. Check the posted brackets (after week two) for playoff format and number of teams that will advance in each sport.

“REC” Divisions

“REC” divisions are recreational leagues reserved for recreational teams. Participation is emphasized over keeping score and winning. There are no playoffs or prizes for “REC” divisions.

Playoff Seeding

Your team’s rating score is determined by averaging the amount of bonus points your team receives for each game. Bonus points are awarded in four categories: Wins, FairPlay, Offense, and Defense.

Division Tiebreakers

  • Head to Head record between tied teams*
  • Rating Score*
  • Coin Flip*

*Only one team can advance to the playoffs in any tie-breaking step. Remaining tied teams revert to the first step of the tiebreakers. As an example, if two teams remain tied in any tiebreaker step after all other teams have been eliminated, the procedure reverts to Step 1 to determine the winner. When one team wins the tiebreaker, all other teams revert to Step 1.



FairPlay Program

The IM Sports FairPlay program was instituted to ensure that all IM Sports participants have an opportunity for recreation in the safest, most enjoyable atmosphere possible. IM Sports participants should not have to contend with ‘trash talking,’ excessively rough play or other forms of unsporting behavior.

A FairPlay rating (averaged over a season) below 3.5 renders a team ineligible for the playoffs.

  • The baseline FairPlay rating for all games is a 4.0.
  • A team that wins a game by an opponent’s “auto-loss” receives a 4.0 FairPlay rating
  • A team that receives an “auto-loss” will receive a 3.0 FairPlay rating.
  • A team that “forfeits” or “no-shows” receives a 1.0 FairPlay rating and is NOT eligible for playoffs.


Guidelines by Sport

5.0 (A): Exemplary

Team displays excellent sportsmanship. No unsportsman-like technical fouls are issued, and the teams create an overall positive experience. All players cooperate fully with referees about rule interpretations and calls. Team displays respectful conduct towards the opposing team, referees, spectators, and teammates (e.g. retrieving balls after a foul, helping teammates and opponents to their feet). Regardless of the score or game situation, teams aim to create a positive atmosphere for all (e.g. complimenting and encouraging everyone involved in the game). Team does not intentionally run up the score if leading by a large margin. Team picks up after itself (i.e. throwing away empty water bottles, trash, etc.); captains do their best to ensure that the game runs efficiently and smoothly.

4.0 (B): Above Average

Team displays above average sportsmanship: All players respectfully address referees about rule interpretations and calls. Captain exhibits full control over him/herself, their team, and fans. No team members engage in dangerous play or trash talking. Team members actively assist in getting games started on time (e.g. shirt colors are decided and all players are signed in and ready to start at scheduled game time). Substitutes, coaches, and fans stay off of the court, and observe rules regarding proper substitution procedures (e.g. not subbing into an active play). Team makes an active effort to learn and comply with IM Sport policy and game protocol. Players respond to referee’s warnings and requests. Team members refrain from retaliating or committing openly dangerous fouls, and captains help to effectively diffuse any potential player conduct situations.

3.0 (C): No ejections and/or 1-2 technical fouls – Slightly Below Average

Team displays a slightly below average sportsmanship. If any unsportsman-like technical foul is issued, that team can earn no more than a 3.0 FairPlay rating. Team makes some comments to the officials on the court and/or sidelines throughout the contest and some players may show minor dissent. The team captain exhibits control over teammates and him/herself. Opposing teams communicate with one another as long as it is not detrimental to the spirit of the game (e.g. team members rarely engage in trash talking or taunting). Teams are excessively taunting or trash talking each other or unnecessarily running up the score against a hapless opponent (e.g. full-court pressing while ahead by 40 points). However, if despite one technical foul or an insatiable urge to run up the score, the team otherwise maintains its composure and recreational spirit, its rating will drop no lower than a 3.0.

2.0 (D): 1 ejection and/or 3+ technical fouls – Below Average

Team displays below average (“poor”) sportsmanship. Team consistently engages in dissent by word or action and engages opponents, teammates, and spectators verbally. The team captain exhibits little or no control over teammates, spectators, and/or him/herself (e.g. kicking the ball out of frustration after a play or call). Team members consistently engage in reckless play (excessive contact, “type 2” flagrant fouls, etc.). Team members engage in excessive trash talking that is offensive and disrespectful. Game gets out of hand to the point where IM Sports staff needs to intervene.

*Teams that receive 1 ejection can receive either a 2.0 (D) or 1.0 (F) FairPlay rating, depending on the behavior of the players/spectators following the ejection. If play continues and the player(s)/spectator(s) respect the call and leave(s) the field without further incident, the team may receive a 2.0. If play continues and the players/spectators continue with profanity, dissent, and/or disrespectful behavior, the team may receive a 1.0. A team with two ejections will automatically receive a 1.0 (F).

1.0 (F): 1-2 ejections and/or 4+ more cautions technical fouls – Unacceptable

An unacceptable display of sportsmanship. Team displays poor sportsmanship and is completely uncooperative. Captain has no control over him/herself, teammates, and/or spectators. Team creates an unsafe and hostile environment to the point where the supervisor and/or officials have to step in and stop the game (e.g. verbal and physical threats, punching, fighting, etc.). Other examples may include multiple ejections or joining in an altercation that has started (e.g. benches, spectators, or other participants leaving their respective areas). Also include teams that abuse or destroy Rec Sports equipment/property or are under the influence of alcohol/drugs or use alcohol/drugs in recreational facilities (including tobacco products).

3 or more ejections by a team will cause the game to be called and ended immediately. The game will not be rescheduled and the team with the multiple ejections will forfeit the game and receive a Sportsmanship rating of 0.

5.0 (A): Exemplary

Team displays excellent sportsmanship. No unsportsman-like technical fouls are issued, and the teams create an overall positive experience. All players cooperate fully with Site Supervisors about rule interpretations and calls – the Site Supervisor never has to intervene in a game. Team displays respectful conduct towards the opposing team, Site Supervisor, spectators, and teammates (e.g. retrieving balls, helping teammates and opponents to their feet, etc., no arguing over calls, etc.). Regardless of the score or game situation, team aims to create a positive atmosphere for all (e.g. complimenting and encouraging everyone involved in the game). Team does not intentionally run up the score if leading by a large margin. Team picks up after itself (i.e. throwing away empty water bottles, trash, etc.); captains do their best to ensure that the game runs efficiently and smoothly.

4.0 (B): Above Average

Team displays above average sportsmanship. All players respectfully address Site Supervisors about rule interpretations and calls. Captain exhibits full control over him/herself, their team, and fans. No team members engage in dangerous play or trash talking. Team members actively assist in getting games started on time (e.g. shirt colors are decided and all players are signed in and ready to start at scheduled game time). Substitutes, coaches, and fans stay off of the court, and observe rules. Team makes an active effort to learn and comply with IM Sport policy and game protocol. Players respond to Site Supervisor’s warnings and requests. Team members refrain from retaliating or playing in a dangerous manner, and captains help to effectively diffuse any potential player conduct situations. The Site Supervisor rarely has to intervene as the teams manage themselves.

3.0 (C): No ejections and/or 1-2 unsporting issues – Slightly Below Average

Team displays a slightly below average sportsmanship. If any unsporting issue arises, that team can earn no more than a 3.0 FairPlay rating. Team makes some comments to opponents on the court and/or sidelines throughout the contest and some players may show minor dissent to the Site Supervisor. The team captain exhibits control over teammates and him/herself. Opposing teams communicate with one another as long as it is not detrimental to the spirit of the game (e.g. team members rarely engage in trash talking or taunting). Teams are excessively taunting or trash talking each other. However, if despite one or two unsporting issues, the team otherwise maintains its composure and recreational spirit, its rating will drop no lower than a 3.0.

2.0 (D): 1 ejection and/or 3+ unsporting issues – Below Average

Team displays below average (“poor”) sportsmanship. Team consistently engages in dissent by word or action and engages opponents, teammates, and spectators verbally. The team captain exhibits little or no control over teammates, spectators, and/or him/herself (e.g. kicking the ball out of frustration after a play, etc.). Team members consistently engage in reckless play (excessive contact,m dangerous play, etc.). Team members engage in excessive trash talking that is offensive and disrespectful. Game gets out of hand to the point where IM Sports staff needs to intervene.

*Teams that receive 1 ejection can receive either a 2.0 (D) or 1.0 (F) FairPlay rating, depending on the behavior of the players/spectators following the ejection. If play continues and the player(s)/spectator(s) respect the call and leave(s) the field without further incident, the team may receive a 2.0. If play continues and the players/spectators continue with profanity, dissent, and/or disrespectful behavior, the team may receive a 1.0.

A team with two ejections will automatically receive a 1.0 (F).

1.0 (F): 1-2 ejections and/or 4+ more unsporting issues – Unacceptable

An unacceptable display of sportsmanship. Team displays poor sportsmanship and is completely uncooperative. Captain has no control over him/herself, teammates, and/or spectators. Team creates an unsafe and hostile environment to the point where the Site Supervisor has to step in and stop the game (e.g. verbal and physical threats, punching, fighting, etc.). Other examples may include multiple ejections or joining in an altercation that has started (e.g. benches, spectators, or other participants leaving their respective areas). Also includes teams that abuse or destroy Rec Sports equipment/property or are under the influence of alcohol/drugs or use alcohol/drugs in recreational facilities (including tobacco products). 3 or more ejections by a team will cause the game to be called and ended immediately. The game will not be rescheduled and the team with the multiple ejections will forfeit the game and receive a Sportsmanship rating of 0.

5.0 (A): Exemplary

Team displays excellent sportsmanship. No unsportsman-like technical fouls are issued, and the teams create an overall positive experience. All players cooperate fully with Site Supervisors about rule interpretations and calls – the Site Supervisor never has to intervene in a game. Team displays respectful conduct towards the opposing team, Site Supervisor, spectators, and teammates (e.g. retrieving balls, helping teammates and opponents to their feet, etc., no arguing over calls, etc.). Regardless of the score or game situation, team aims to create a positive atmosphere for all (e.g. complimenting and encouraging everyone involved in the game). Team does not intentionally run up the score if leading by a large margin. Team picks up after itself (i.e. throwing away empty water bottles, trash, etc.); captains do their best to ensure that the game runs efficiently and smoothly.

4.0 (B): Above Average

Team displays above average sportsmanship. All players respectfully address Site Supervisors about rule interpretations and calls. Captain exhibits full control over him/herself, their team, and fans. No team members engage in dangerous play or trash talking. Team members actively assist in getting games started on time (e.g. shirt colors are decided and all players are signed in and ready to start at scheduled game time). Substitutes, coaches, and fans stay off of the court, and observe rules. Team makes an active effort to learn and comply with IM Sport policy and game protocol. Players respond to Site Supervisor’s warnings and requests. Team members refrain from retaliating or playing in a dangerous manner, and captains help to effectively diffuse any potential player conduct situations. The Site Supervisor rarely has to intervene as the teams manage themselves.

3.0 (C): No ejections and/or 1-2 unsporting issues – Slightly Below Average

Team displays a slightly below average sportsmanship. If any unsporting issue arises, that team can earn no more than a 3.0 FairPlay rating. Team makes some comments to opponents on the court and/or sidelines throughout the contest and some players may show minor dissent to the Site Supervisor. The team captain exhibits control over teammates and him/herself. Opposing teams communicate with one another as long as it is not detrimental to the spirit of the game (e.g. team members rarely engage in trash talking or taunting). Teams are excessively taunting or trash talking each other. However, if despite one or two unsporting issues, the team otherwise maintains its composure and recreational spirit, its rating will drop no lower than a 3.0.

2.0 (D): 1 ejection and/or 3+ unsporting issues – Below Average

Team displays below average (“poor”) sportsmanship. Team consistently engages in dissent by word or action and engages opponents, teammates, and spectators verbally. The team captain exhibits little or no control over teammates, spectators, and/or him/herself (e.g. kicking the ball out of frustration after a play, etc.). Team members consistently engage in reckless play (excessive contact,m dangerous play, etc.). Team members engage in excessive trash talking that is offensive and disrespectful. Game gets out of hand to the point where IM Sport staff needs to intervene.

*Teams that receive 1 ejection can receive either a 2.0 (D) or 1.0 (F) FairPlay rating, depending on the behavior of the players/spectators following the ejection. If play continues and the player(s)/spectator(s) respect the call and leave(s) the field without further incident, the team may receive a 2.0. If play continues and the players/spectators continue with profanity, dissent, and/or disrespectful behavior, the team may receive a 1.0.

A team with two ejections will automatically receive a 1.0 (F).

1.0 (F): 1-2 ejections and/or 4+ more unsporting issues – Unacceptable

An unacceptable display of sportsmanship. Team displays poor sportsmanship and is completely uncooperative. Captain has no control over him/herself, teammates, and/or spectators. Team creates an unsafe and hostile environment to the point where the Site Supervisor has to step in and stop the game (e.g. verbal and physical threats, punching, fighting, etc.). Other examples may include multiple ejections or joining in an altercation that has started (e.g. benches, spectators, or other participants leaving their respective areas). Also includes teams that abuse or destroy Rec Sports equipment/property or are under the influence of alcohol/drugs or use alcohol/drugs in recreational facilities (including tobacco products).

3 or more ejections by a team will cause the game to be called and ended immediately. The game will not be rescheduled and the team with the multiple ejections will forfeit the game and receive a Sportsmanship rating of 0.

5.0 (A): No send-offs (red cards) or cautions (yellow cards) – Exemplary

Team displays excellent sportsmanship. All players cooperate fully with referees about rule interpretations and calls. Team displays respectful conduct towards the opposing team, referees, spectators, and teammates (e.g. retrieving balls after a foul, helping teammates and opponents to their feet). Regardless of the score or game situation, team aims to create a positive atmosphere for all (e.g. complimenting and encouraging everyone involved in the game). Team does not intentionally run up the score if leading by a large margin. Team picks up after itself (i.e. throwing away empty water bottles, trash, etc.).

4.0 (B): No send-offs (red cards) or cautions (yellow cards) – Above Average

Team displays above average sportsmanship: all players respectfully address referees about rule interpretations and calls. Captain exhibits full control over him/herself, their team, and fans. No team members engage in dangerous play or trash talking. Team members actively assist in getting games started on time (e.g. shirt colors are decided and all players are signed in and ready to start at scheduled game time). Substitutes, coaches, and fans stay off the field and observe rules regarding proper substitution procedures (e.g. not subbing into an active play). Team makes an active effort to learn and comply with IM Sports policy and game protocol. Players respond to referee’s warnings and requests (e.g. backing up for free kicks the first time the referee asks for distance, no dissent, etc.) – some careless tackles but zero reckless or excessive force challenges.

3.0 (C): No send-offs (red cards) or 1-2 cautions (yellow cards) – Slightly Below Average

Team displays a slightly below average sportsmanship. If any non-procedural caution (yellow card) is issued, that team can earn no more than a 3.0 FairPlay rating. Team makes some comments to the officials from the field and/or sidelines throughout the contest and some players may show minor dissent. The team captain exhibits control over teammates and him/herself. Opposing teams communicate with one another as long as it is not detrimental to the spirit of the game (e.g. Team members rarely engage in trash talking or taunting). Team members do not retaliate towards participants and/or spectators. Team is late for check-in or needs a reminder to check-in and delays the start of the game.

Procedural cautions are issued for:

• Entering or re-entering the field of play without the referee’s permission (illegal sub)

• Deliberately leaving the field of play without the referee’s permission

Cautionable offenses that lower a team’s FairPlay rating include:

• Unsporting behavior

• Dissent by word or action

• Persistent infringement of the Laws of the Game

• Delaying the restart of play

• Failure to respect the required distance when play is restarted with a corner kick, free kick or throw-in

2.0 (D): 1 send-off (red card) and/or 3+ cautions (yellow cards) – Below Average

Team displays below average sportsmanship. Team consistently engages in dissent by word or action and engages opponents, teammates, and spectators verbally. The team captain exhibits little or no control over teammates, spectators, and/or him/herself (e.g. kicking the ball out of frustration after a play or call). Team members consistently engage in reckless play (e.g. multiple yellow cards, cynical fouls, and embellishment/simulation of injury). Team members engage in excessive trash talking that is offensive and disrespectful. Game gets out of hand to the point where IM Sports staff needs to intervene.

*Teams that receive 1 red card can receive either a 2.0 (D) or 1.0 (F) FairPlay rating, depending on the behavior of the players/spectators following the ejection. If play continues and the player(s)/spectator(s) respect the call and leave(s) the field without further incident, the team may receive a 2.0. If play continues and the players/spectators continue with profanity, dissent, and/or disrespectful behavior, the team may receive a 1.0.

A team with two send-offs (red cards) will automatically receive a 1.0 (F).

1.0 (F): 1-2 send-offs (red cards) and/or 4+ more cautions (yellow cards) – Unacceptable

Team displays poor sportsmanship and is completely uncooperative. Captain has no control over him/herself, teammates, and/or spectators. Team creates an unsafe and hostile environment to the point where the supervisor and/or officials have to step in and stop the game (e.g. verbal and physical threats, punching, fighting, etc.). Other examples may include multiple red cards or joining in an altercation that has started (e.g. keepers, spectators, or other participants leaving their respective areas). Also includes teams that abuse or destroy Rec Sports equipment/property or are under the influence of alcohol/drugs or use alcohol/drugs in recreational facilities (including tobacco products).

3 or more send-offs (red cards) by a team will cause the game to be called and ended immediately. The game will not be rescheduled and the team with the multiple send-offs will forfeit the game and receive a Sportsmanship rating of 0.

5.0 (A): Exemplary

Team displays excellent sportsmanship. No arguing of balls/strikes and safe/out calls – the teams help create an altogether positive experience. All players cooperate fully with umpires regarding rule interpretations and calls. Team displays respectful conduct towards the opposing team, umpires, spectators, and teammates. Team retrieves foul balls and balls over fences in a timely manner and without being asked by umpires. In CoRec games, team respects the required fielding distance for outfielder with females up to bat without being asked by umpires. Regardless of the score or game situation, team aims to create a positive atmosphere for all (e.g. complimenting and encouraging everyone involved in the game). Team does not intentionally run up the score or take extra bases/tagging up if leading by a large margin. Team picks up after itself (i.e. throwing away empty water bottles, trash, etc.). Captains do their best to ensure that the game runs efficiently and smoothly. Team hustles on and off the field. Team does not warm-up on field or in parking lot while an earlier game is in progress.

4.0 (B): Above Average

Team displays above average sportsmanship: All players respectfully address umpires regarding rule interpretations and calls. Little or no discussion regarding ball/strike and safe/out calls. If such calls are discussed, they are done professionally and not in manner that would incite players and spectators. Team retrieves foul balls and balls over fences in a timely manner and with little or no prompting by umpires. Team does not intentionally run up the score or take extra bases/tagging up if leading by a large margin. Captain exhibits full control over him/herself, their team, and fans. No team members engage in dangerous play or trash talking. Team members actively assist in getting games started on time (e.g. all players are signed in and ready to start at scheduled game time). Substitutes, coaches, and fans stay off of the field, and observe rules regarding proper substitution procedures. Team makes an active effort to learn and comply with IM Sports policy and game protocol. Players respond to umpire warnings and requests. Captain and team members help to effectively diffuse any potential player conduct situations. Team does not warm-up on field or in parking lot while an earlier game is in progress.

3.0 (C): No ejections and/or 1-2 player or team warnings – Slightly Below Average

Team displays a slightly below average sportsmanship. If any team or player warning is issued (for arguing ball/strike or safe/out calls), that team can earn no more than a 3.0 FairPlay rating. Team makes some comments to the umpires on the field and/or sidelines throughout the contest and some players may show minor dissent. The captain exhibits control over teammates and him/herself. Opposing teams communicate with one another as long as it is not detrimental to the spirit of the game (e.g. team members rarely engage in trash talking or taunting). Teams are not excessively taunting or trash-talking each other or unnecessarily running up the score against a hapless opponent. Team violates equipment rules by wearing metal cleats or using an illegal bat. Team has to be asked a second time to retrieve foul balls or balls over a fence. However, if despite one team or player warning or an insatiable urge to run up the score, the team otherwise maintains its composure and recreational spirit, its rating will drop no lower than a 3.0.

2.0 (D): 1 ejection and/or 3+ player or team warnings – Below Average

Team displays below average (“poor”) sportsmanship. Team consistently engages in dissent by word or action and engages opponents, teammates, and spectators verbally. The team captain exhibits little or no control over teammates, spectators, and/or him/herself (e.g. constant bickering over ball/strike and safe/out calls). Team members engage in reckless play (e.g. malicious contact on the basepaths by a runner, intentionally throwing equipment, etc.). Team members engage in excessive trash talking that is offensive and disrespectful. Game gets out of hand to the point where IM Sports staff needs to intervene.

*Teams that receive 1 ejection can receive either a 2.0 (D) or 1.0 (F) FairPlay rating, depending on the behavior of the players/spectators following the ejection. If play continues and the player(s)/spectator(s) respect the call and leave(s) the field without further incident, the team may receive a 2.0. If play continues and the players/spectators continue with profanity, dissent, and/or disrespectful behavior, the team may receive a 1.0.

A team with two ejections will automatically receive a 1.0 (F).

1.0 (F): 1-2 ejections and/or 4+ player or team warnings – Unacceptable

An unacceptable display of sportsmanship. Team displays poor sportsmanship and is completely uncooperative. Captain has no control over him/herself, teammates, and/or spectators. Team creates an unsafe and hostile environment to the point where the supervisor and/or umpires have to step in and stop the game (e.g. verbal and physical threats, punching, fighting, etc.). Other examples may include multiple ejections or joining in an altercation that has started (e.g. benches, spectators, or other participants leaving their respective areas). It also includes teams that abuse or destroy Rec Sports equipment/property or are under the influence of alcohol/drugs or use alcohol/drugs in recreational facilities (including tobacco products).

3 or more ejections by a team will cause the game to be called and ended immediately. The game will not be rescheduled and the team with the multiple ejections will forfeit the game and receive a Sportsmanship rating of 0.

5.0 (A): Exemplary

Team displays excellent sportsmanship. No unsportsmanlike technical fouls are issued, and the teams help create an altogether positive experience. All players cooperate fully with Site Supervisors about rule interpretations and calls – the Site Supervisor never has to intervene in a game. Team displays respectful conduct towards the opposing team, Site Supervisor, spectators, and teammates (e.g. retrieving discs, helping teammates and opponents to their feet, etc., no arguing over calls, etc.). Regardless of the score or game situation, team aims to create a positive atmosphere for all (e.g. complimenting and encouraging everyone involved in the game). Team does not intentionally run up the score if leading by a large margin. Team picks up after itself (i.e. throwing away empty water bottles, trash, etc.); captains do their best to ensure that the game runs efficiently and smoothly.

4.0 (B): Above Average

Team displays above average sportsmanship. All players respectfully address Site Supervisors about rule interpretations and calls. Captain exhibits full control over him/herself, their team, and fans. No team members engage in dangerous play or trash talking. Team members actively assist in getting games started on time (e.g. shirt colors are decided and all players are signed in and ready to start at scheduled game time). Substitutes, coaches, and fans stay off of the court, and observe rules. Team makes an active effort to learn and comply with IM Sports policy and game protocol. Players respond to Site Supervisor’s warnings and requests. Team members refrain from retaliating or playing in a dangerous manner, and captains help to effectively diffuse any potential player conduct situations. The Site Supervisor rarely has to intervene as the teams manage themselves.

3.0 (C): No ejections and/or 1-2 unsporting issues – Slightly Below Average

Team displays a slightly below average sportsmanship. If any unsporting issue arises, that team can earn no more than a 3.0 FairPlay rating. Team makes some comments to opponents on the court and/or sidelines throughout the contest and some players may show minor dissent to the Site Supervisor. The team captain exhibits control over teammates and him/herself. Opposing teams communicate with one another as long as it is not detrimental to the spirit of the game (e.g. team members rarely engage in trash talking or taunting). Teams are not excessively taunting or trash-talking each other. However, if despite one or two unsporting issues, the team otherwise maintains its composure and recreational spirit, its rating will drop no lower than a 3.0.

2.0 (D): 1 ejection and/or 3+ unsporting issues – Below Average

Team displays below average (“poor”) sportsmanship. Team consistently engages in dissent by word or action and engages opponents, teammates, and spectators verbally. The team captain exhibits little or no control over teammates, spectators, and/or him/herself (e.g. kicking the ball out of frustration after a play, etc.). Team members consistently engage in reckless play (excessive contact, dangerous play, etc.). Team members engage in excessive trash talking that is offensive and disrespectful. Game gets out of hand to the point where IM Sports staff needs to intervene.

*Teams that receive 1 ejection can receive either a 2.0 (D) or 1.0 (F) FairPlay rating, depending on the behavior of the players/spectators following the ejection. If play continues and the player(s)/spectator(s) respect the call and leave(s) the field without further incident, the team may receive a 2.0. If play continues and the players/spectators continue with profanity, dissent, and/or disrespectful behavior, the team may receive a 1.0.

A team with two ejections will automatically receive a 1.0 (F).

1.0 (F): 1-2 ejections and/or 4+ more unsporting issues – Unacceptable

An unacceptable display of sportsmanship. Team displays poor sportsmanship and is completely uncooperative. Captain has no control over him/herself, teammates, and/or spectators. Team creates an unsafe and hostile environment to the point where the Site Supervisor has to step in and stop the game (e.g. verbal and physical threats, punching, fighting, etc.). Other examples may include multiple ejections or joining in an altercation that has started (e.g. benches, spectators, or other participants leaving their respective areas). Also includes teams that abuse or destroy Recreational Sports equipment/property or are under the influence of alcohol/drugs or use alcohol/drugs in recreational facilities (including tobacco products).

3 or more ejections by a team will cause the game to be called and ended immediately. The game will not be rescheduled and the team with the multiple ejections will forfeit the game and receive a Sportsmanship rating of 0.


5.0 (A): Exemplary

Team displays excellent sportsmanship. No unsportsmanlike technical fouls are issued, and the teams help create an altogether positive experience. All players cooperate fully with Site Supervisors about rule interpretations and calls – the Site Supervisor never has to intervene in a game. Team displays respectful conduct towards the opposing team, Site Supervisor, spectators, and teammates (e.g. retrieving balls, helping teammates and opponents to their feet, etc., no arguing over calls, etc.). Regardless of the score or game situation, team aims to create a positive atmosphere for all (e.g. complimenting and encouraging everyone involved in the game). Team does not intentionally run up the score if leading by a large margin. Team picks up after itself (i.e. throwing away empty water bottles, trash, etc.); captains do their best to ensure that the game runs efficiently and smoothly.

4.0 (B): Above Average

Team displays above average sportsmanship. All players respectfully address Site Supervisors about rule interpretations and calls. Captain exhibits full control over him/herself, their team, and fans. No team members engage in dangerous play or trash talking. Team members actively assist in getting games started on time (e.g. shirt colors are decided and all players are signed in and ready to start at scheduled game time). Substitutes, coaches, and fans stay off the court, and observe rules. Team makes an active effort to learn and comply with IM Sports policy and game protocol. Players respond to Site Supervisor’s warnings and requests. Team members refrain from retaliating or playing in a dangerous manner, and captains help to effectively diffuse any potential player conduct situations. The Site Supervisor rarely has to intervene as the teams manage themselves.

3.0 (C): No ejections and/or 1-2 unsporting issues – Slightly Below Average

Team displays a slightly below average sportsmanship. If any unsporting issue arises, that team can earn no more than a 3.0 FairPlay rating. Team makes some comments to opponents on the court and/or sidelines throughout the contest and some players may show minor dissent to the Site Supervisor. The team captain exhibits control over teammates and him/herself. Opposing teams communicate with one another as long as it is not detrimental to the spirit of the game (e.g. team members rarely engage in trash talking or taunting). Teams are not excessively taunting or trash-talking each other. However, if despite one or two unsporting issues, the team otherwise maintains its composure and recreational spirit, its rating will drop no lower than a 3.0.

2.0 (D): 1 ejection and/or 3+ unsporting issues – Below Average

Team displays below average (“poor”) sportsmanship. Team consistently engages in dissent by word or action and engages opponents, teammates, and spectators verbally. The team captain exhibits little or no control over teammates, spectators, and/or him/herself (e.g. kicking the ball out of frustration after a play, etc.). Team members consistently engage in reckless play (excessive contact, dangerous play, etc.). Team members engage in excessive trash talking that is offensive and disrespectful. Game gets out of hand to the point where IM Sports staff needs to intervene.

*Teams that receive 1 ejection can receive either a 2.0 (D) or 1.0 (F) FairPlay rating, depending on the behavior of the players/spectators following the ejection. If play continues and the player(s)/spectator(s) respect the call and leave(s) the field without further incident, the team may receive a 2.0. If play continues and the players/spectators continue with profanity, dissent, and/or disrespectful behavior, the team may receive a 1.0.

A team with two ejections will automatically receive a 1.0 (F).

1.0 (F): 1-2 ejections and/or 4+ more unsporting issues – Unacceptable

An unacceptable display of sportsmanship. Team displays poor sportsmanship and is completely uncooperative. Captain has no control over him/herself, teammates, and/or spectators. Team creates an unsafe and hostile environment to the point where the Site Supervisor has to step in and stop the game (e.g. verbal and physical threats, punching, fighting, etc.). Other examples may include multiple ejections or joining in an altercation that has started (e.g. benches, spectators, or other participants leaving their respective areas). Also includes teams that abuse or destroy Rec Sports equipment/property or are under the influence of alcohol/drugs or use alcohol/drugs in recreational facilities (including tobacco products).

3 or more ejections by a team will cause the game to be called and ended immediately. The game will not be rescheduled and the team with the multiple ejections will forfeit the game and receive a Sportsmanship rating of 0.



Individual Sport Rules

Please click on a link below for a detailed list of the rules pertaining to your intramural sport.


IM Handbook

The goal of this handbook is to provide captains and their team members with the appropriate information to have the most positive and successful season as possible. Note that the use of male gender pronouns is for simplification purposes and the rules and regulations apply to all captains and team members.

In cases where policies are not outlined or are in conflict in the IM Sports Handbook, IM Sports Staff reserves the right to use common sense, fairness, and the “spirit of the Program” in providing interpretations on the policies and procedures contained in this IM Sports Handbook.

Rules and policies are subject to change without notice.


Mission statement

It is the University of California, Berkeley IM Sports mission to provide a wide range of individual and team sports and special events at a variety of competitive and recreational levels to students, faculty, staff, and members of the surrounding community. IM Sports is a crucial element of the academic experience in that it promotes and reinforces teamwork and personal accomplishment, mutual respect and integrity, competition and recreation, as well as skill and exercise. IM Sports provides valuable leadership and both personal and professional growth opportunities to students and community members who, with the support of IM Sports and the University of California, Berkeley bring together a diverse campus.

Goal Statement

General Information for all IM athletes:

  • No alcohol, drugs or tobacco products are allowed at IM Sports sites before, during or after IM Sports activities.
  • IM Sports Staff reserve the right to restrict play or eject anyone suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • With the exception of water, no food or drink is allowed at any IM Sports site.
  • No black-soled, marking shoes may be worn during indoor IM Sports. Participants wearing black-soled, marking shoes are not allowed to participate.
  • The designated Team Captain should be the only participant who communicates with game Officials on points of rule.
  • Vulgar, obscene, abusive, derogatory, racist, sexist, and/or discriminating or demeaning comments or gestures will not be tolerated.
  • Incidents of such behavior may result in indefinite suspension from IM Sports participation.
  • Any comments or gestures intended to threaten or intimidate any other person are forms of verbal aggression and will be disciplined accordingly.
  • Teams must bring both a dark and light shirt for all sports. GOLD UNIFORMS ARE PROHIBITED.
  • Watches, jewelry, and other items deemed dangerous are prohibited while participating in IM Sports.
  • Due to the impact on grass fields, cleats and spikes are not permitted during IM Sports activities on grass fields. Please read the Field Use Guidelines for restrictions on footwear at Underhill Field and other facilities before registering and participating in IM Sports.
  • IM Sports and University of California, Berkeley do not provide IM Sports participants with health insurance. We strongly recommend personal health insurance for all IM Sports participants. Each individual participating in IM Sports activities assumes the responsibility for his own health insurance needs. In the event of an injury, IM Sports and University of California, Berkeley will not cover payment for treatment.

    Students injured in IM Sports contests may be treated at the Tang Student Health Center. Outpatient treatment is provided at no cost to students. However, if surgery or hospitalization is necessary, payment for treatment will be charged to the student’s private insurance. If the student is uninsured or underinsured, with prior authorization, the Student Health Services Excess Plan may be able to pay for all or part of the bill. Please direct all inquiries to Student Health Services.

    The IM Sports Staff takes precautions to make IM Sports activities as safe as possible for participants. These precautions include rule modifications, Officials’ training, inspection of playing sites, etc. In order to ensure safety, the IM Sports Office reserves the right to restrict individuals from participating with improper footwear or personal property such as jewelry, glasses, hats or any other item deemed dangerous.

    Online Sign Ups:

    All sign ups are done online at our online websites: shop.rs.berkeley.edu and sportifik.com. Sign up times for each sport and division will be posted online in the weeks leading up to the sign up week. Please click here for detailed steps in regards to sign up procedures.

    Refunds and Canceled leagues:

    All IM Sports fees are non-refundable.

    Team captains are the liaisons between your IM team and the main IM Sports office.

    Captain Responsibilities
  • Familiarizing yourself with this handbook
  • Making sure all of your teammates are eligible to play
  • Being the leader on and off the field for your team and IM’s
  • Checking season schedule regularly to insure no games are missed
  • If you have any questions regarding games, scheduling or general information, please feel free to contact your Sport Supervisor in the IM Sports Office. Sport Supervisors may be reached at (510) 643- 6822.

     
    Any team name which promotes intolerance, degrades a racial, ethnic, gender or religious group, infers an explicit sexual reference or promotes destructive behavior such as that associated with alcohol or drugs is considered disrespectful to University members and the University community at large. Team names deemed inappropriate by IM Sports Staff, will be modified accordingly and disciplinary action may ensue.

    Good sportsmanship is essential in IM Sports contests. Therefore, if a player or players are sent off from a game, they will receive a minimum, automatic one game suspension. The suspension of that player becomes effective immediately following the ejection and carries through the remainder of that game, and the following game. While on suspension, the player is not allowed to participate in any IM Sports-sponsored sport, special event, activity, or IFC Sport. In extreme situations, the matter will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct.

    All participants must be prepared to show Game Officials a valid University of California, Berkeley, Student ID Card or a current Rec Club Card in order to participate in IM Sports. Individuals without current membership and picture identification will not be allowed to participate. A team unable to field a minimum number of players with current membership and picture identification will forfeit the contest.

    A player must not use equipment or wear anything that is dangerous to himself or another player, including any kind of jewelry. All items of jewelry are potentially dangerous. The term “dangerous” can be ambiguous and controversial, therefore in order to be uniform and consistent, any kind of jewelry is forbidden. Players are not allowed to use tape to cover jewelry, as taping jewelry is not considered to be adequate protection.

    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 are advised to 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 Managers 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 Sport Clubs may participate in the sport in which they compete but must participate (in their sport) at the highest level offered (‘Premier’ ‘A’ or ‘Competitive’) or at the Recreational level – but not both.

    In divisions where multiple competitive levels are offered, Cal Sport Club members must play at the highest level offered. There is 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.” Competitive levels are Premier, A, B, C or Open Competitive. Recreational (REC) leagues are not considered competitive for the purposes of this policy.

    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.



    League Schedules

    Captains should be watching the season schedule for updates and changes. Regular-season schedules will be posted by 5:00pm the Friday before each season starts.


    Eligibility

    • All current undergraduates and graduate students are eligible for IM leagues
    • All affiliate members with active memberships to the RSF
    • A penalty of forfeiting the game goes to any team who has ineligible team members on the roster


    Identification Checks

    Before every IM contest all team members on the roster will have to show current and active Cal 1 ID or RSF ID card with picture of participant. Failure to do so will result in the team member being unable to play that game.


    Multiple-Team Participation

    IM Sports participants are eligible to play in any number of sports, but may play on only one team per division. If a division has multiple levels of competition, participants must choose only one level of 9 competition to compete in. Participants discovered to have played for multiple teams within the same division of the same sport shall be suspended for a minimum period of two games from the team which they appeared second. This suspension will carry through to all teams and sports that the participant is on. In addition, both teams that the participant played on can have all games in which the ineligible participant played forfeited. Frequent offenders of this policy may face longer suspensions.

    Example: Tom plays on a Open B Soccer team on Tuesday, and plays on a Open A Soccer team on Thursday and on a CoRec Basketball team on Wednesday. Tom is registered on the Tuesday team and when it is discovered on Thursday that he plays for two teams, he becomes suspended for the next two games from his Thursday team. The suspension makes him ineligible to participate in any IM Sports activity until he has sat out two games from his Thursday team. Thus, he will be forced to miss two games from all teams that he participates on.


    Waiver of Liability

    All team members must individually sign their player waiver on Spotifik after they have created an account. No waiver, no participating until it is completed.


    Team Roster Information

    Captains must complete the team roster before each game.
    Players can be added to the roster up until playoff start, after that the teams still playing will have a player lock on them.

    The Team Roster shall be the primary source to judge all eligibility concerns.

    The Divisions commonly offered by IM Sports are

    • Open
    • Women’s
    • CoRec

    There are no restrictions on the number of divisions in which an individual may participate.


    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.


    Automatic Losses

    Any team that is not following the rules and regulations outlined will have to forfeit the game, thus taking them out of contention for a playoff spot.

    As a courtesy to other participants, teams and individuals are encouraged to arrive early enough to check in with IM Sports Staff. If a team absolutely cannot make a scheduled contest, the Team Captain should notify the IM Sports Office at least 24 hours prior to the date of competition to request an automatic loss to avoid receiving a forfeit.

    For games occurring on Sundays, captains must notify the IM Sports Office by 4 p.m. on the Friday prior.

    If the minimum number of eligible players are not present and ready to play at the scheduled game time, the contest is recorded as an automatic loss and a win awarded to the team fielding the minimum number of eligible players. An automatic loss does not affect a team’s chances of making the playoffs.


    Forfeits

    If the minimum number of eligible players do not show up within 15 minutes after the scheduled game time, the contest is recorded as a forfeit. A team must start with the minimum number of eligible players as stated in the rules for the sport or a forfeit is declared. A forfeit makes a team ineligible for playoff competition. If neither team has the minimum number of eligible players to start or finish a game, both teams shall receive a forfeit.

  • Exception: In CoRec play, only the minimum number of eligible players (regardless of gender) is required to avoid a forfeit. However, an automatic loss will still be declared.
  • IM Sports Staff may also abandon a game and declare a forfeit for player and/or spectator misconduct.
  • During the first week of play, it is required that teams show up with at least the minimum number of eligible players to reserve their spot in the league. A team forfeiting their first scheduled game of the season may be removed from their league without a refund. The IM Sports Office will notify teams dropped from the league.


  • Playoff Schedules

    Playoff schedules will be posted as soon as possible after the conclusion of the regular season. Teams should expect to play on short notice and at times different from their regular season schedule. Due to time constraints, rescheduling of playoff games is generally not available.


    Playoff Eligibility

    To be eligible for playoffs a player must be on the official online roster and must have played in at least one regular season game. Team rosters are not meant to be fluid. Players who have appeared in a game should not be removed without consent from IM Sports. Any player removed from a roster becomes ineligible in that same league/division and cannot be added back to same roster or a different team roster later in the season.[/pbs_toggle]

    Effective Spring 2017: As IM Sports employs amateur student officials, mistakes and judgement errors may occur – effective immediately, protests based on misapplication of a playing rule or an error in judgement will not be accepted.

    Protests based on participant eligibility will still be considered.
     

    Playoff Protest

    Due to time constraints, interpretive protests during playoff contests will be decided by the IM Sports Staff on site. The decision of IM Sports Staff is final and may not be appealed.

    The IM Sports goal is participant recreation and enjoyment. It is expected that all participants will conduct themselves in a manner that will not impair the enjoyment of other participants. All actions and comments, whether directed at game Officials, opponents, teammates or spectators should be constructive and conducive to fulfilling this goal.

    IM Sports insists on good sportsmanship. To foster a positive atmosphere and attitude for recreation and competition and encourage teams and individuals to take responsibility for their actions and comments, IM Sports Staff will review each contest to determine whether actions that are detrimental to the goal of IM Sports were exhibited.

    Actions that are dangerous and/or conduct that is detrimental to the goal of IM Sports are not tolerated and are grounds for suspension from further participation in IM Sports. Examples of unsportsmanlike behavior and conduct detrimental to the goal of IM Sports include, but are not limited to:

  • Striking or any attempt to strike an opponent or IM Staff member
  • Unsportsmanlike conduct penalties
  • Aggressive action toward a participant or IM Sports Staff member
  • Profanity, insulting or vulgar language or gestures – incidental or otherwise
  • Verbal or physical taunting
  • Actions that may lead to a fight
  • Attempts to influence the decision of a game Official
  • Dissent towards an IM Sports Staff member’s decision
  • Failure to cooperate with IM Sports Staff
  • Any captain, coach, participant or spectator ejected from an IM Sports contest for any form of unsportsmanlike conduct is suspended immediately and indefinitely from all IM Sports activities. In all instances, the suspension is immediate and for a minimum of one week*.

    IM Sports will notify the ejected participant (or captain) via email on the length of suspension within 5 business days of the ejection. The suspended participant may appeal their suspension by submitting a written appeal to the Rec Sports Conduct Review Committee (RSCRC). Appeals are only considered by the RSCRC and are not considered by IM Sports. All details related to filing an appeal will be relayed in the email from IM Sports.

    *If an ejected individual plays more than one IM Sport, the suspension is in effect until after the individual’s next game for the team he was playing when he was ejected. For example, Joe Participant plays Soccer in a Sunday league. Joe also plays Basketball on Wednesday and Volleyball on Thursday. If Joe is ejected during Soccer, he must sit out his next Basketball, Volleyball, and Soccer games. If he meets with an IM Sports Staff member to be reinstated, he may participate in Basketball the second week pending reinstatement.

    Penalty

    A team using a suspended player forfeits all games that the suspended player participates in. Teams knowingly using such a player may face additional sanctions.

    Rec Sports Conduct Review Committee

    Participants who have been ejected and suspended from IM Sports have the option of appealing their suspension to the Rec Sports Conduct Review Committee (RSCRC) to be reinstated. The RSCRC – not IM Sports – reviews all written appeals.

    Probation

    Participants ejected from a contest are automatically placed on probation for a minimum of 365 days after completing the suspension. Any further unsportsmanlike behavior during this probationary period results in a minimum 365-day suspension from all IM Sports activities.

    Fighting

    Any coach, participant or spectator who, in the judgement of IM Sports Staff, engages in an attempt to fight immediately before, during or after an IM Sports contest is suspended indefinitely from further participation in IM Sports activities. The minimum suspension for fighting is 365 days. Additionally there will be no toleration for fighting with IM Sports staff or volunteers. Any violation will result in a minimum of a five year suspension from IM sports.
    Behavior classified as fighting includes, but is not limited to:

  • Striking or attempting to strike an individual
  • Engaging an individual in a combative manner
  • Throwing a punch at an individual
  • Spitting at an individual
  • Kicking or attempting to kick an individual
  • Brandishing a foreign object or weapon with intent to harm, injure, or intimidate an individual
  • Retaliating against an aggressive act.

  • Penalty

    A team using a suspended player forfeits all games that the suspended player participates in.

    Teams knowingly using such a player may face additional sanctions.

    Leaving the bench to get involved in an altercation will result in the above sanctions for fighting.

    Office of Student Conduct

    In some instances, the IM Sports Office will forward copies of Incident Reports to the campus’ Office of Student Conduct. IM Sports participants involved in threats or acts of verbal assault or physical violence are subject to possible Office of Student Conduct proceedings and investigation from University of California law enforcement. Incidents in which violence or the threat of violence is demonstrated are referred to the Office of Student Conduct and the University of California Police Department.

    FairPlay outline

    Follow this link to see the full explanation of Fairplay Guidelines.

    Excessive Individual Unsportsmanlike Conduct

    If an individual accrues excessive fouls of unsportsmanlike conduct (technical fouls, yellow cards), he will be subject to suspension. Three such fouls in any league of a single sport will result in a suspension of one week in addition to any other penalties earned. Subsequent fouls may merit longer suspensions at the discretion of the Program Director. Straight ejections count as two fouls towards this total. For example, Player A plays IFC basketball and Open B basketball. He accrues a technical foul in his Tuesday B league in Week 1 and 2, and in his Wednesday IFC league in Week 3. He receives a one week suspension that expires at the end of his team’s 4th IFC game.

    Game Card Signatures

    After the conclusion of each game, it is the responsibility of both Team Captains to confirm the final score as well as Sportsmanship points received. Team Captains are encouraged to verify these with the Site Supervisor and on Sportifik before leaving the game site.

    Rules Governing General Behavior
  • No alcohol, drugs or tobacco products are allowed at IM Sports sites before, during or after IM Sports activities.
  • IM Sports Staff reserve the right to restrict play or eject anyone suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • With the exception of water, no food or drink is allowed at any IM Sports site.
  • No black-soled, marking shoes may be worn during indoor IM Sports. Participants wearing black-soled, marking shoes are not allowed to participate.
  • The designated Team Captain should be the only participant who communicates with game Officials on points of rule.
  • Vulgar, obscene, abusive, derogatory, racist, sexist, and/or discriminating or demeaning comments or gestures will not be tolerated. Incidents of such behavior may result in indefinite suspension from IM Sports participation.
  • Any comments or gestures intended to threaten or intimidate any other person are forms of verbal aggression and will be disciplined accordingly.
  • Athletes that compete on different teams at the school or at a professional level: (read all information carefully if applicable)

    Intercollegiate athletes are unfortunately unable to participate in any IM sport and the one that corresponds with their collegiate sport if they plan on competing varsity, junior varsity or freshman level for at least one academic semester (not including summer semester) after having last been active. A list can be found by clicking here.

    Any one of the following criteria determines 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 IM Sports participation in their same sport or a related sport (see previous diagram) until the following Fall semester. If the season of competition is the Spring semester, they are ineligible for IM Sports participation in their same sport until the following Spring semester. Team Captains 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 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.

    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.

    10 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.

    Members of Sport Club teams 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.

    There is no maximum number of such athletes on a team as long as they are playing at the highest level.

    Current professional athletes are ineligible to participate in IM 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.
    Note: If the team captain is concerned about any of the above points on intercollegiate or professional athletes please visit the IM office in the RSF 2nd floor.

    Note: All current and relevant information for all IM sports and leagues is outlined in the above document; contact or visit IM staff in the RSF on the 2nd floor for any further questions or concerns. 510-643-6822

    myrecreation.berkeley.edu and sportifik.com



    All Outdoor Field Guidelines

    • Food and drink: only plastic or metal water bottles allowed – subject to search
    • Glass containers and sport drinks
    • Bicycles, skateboards, and other motorized vehicles
    • Dogs and other pets – properly tagged service animals excepted
    • Artificial noisemakers
    • Amplified sound
    • Smoking and other tobacco products
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Illegal drugs and substances
    • Persons under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance
    • Prohibited items subject to change
    • Underhill Field: Only turf shoes, running shoes, court shoes and other flats are acceptable. Plastic soccer and football cleats are not allowed.

    Penalty: IM Sports Supervisors and Referees will eject violators from the game/facility and submit an Incident Report for follow up/sanctions by the IM Sports Director and Office of Student Conduct.

    • Pregame: ID checks for the first games of each day at Witter Field will take place outside the gate located at the corner of Centennial Way and Stadium Rim Way. ID checks for Memorial Stadium will take place inside Memorial Stadium.
    • Pregame: For the first game of each day on Witter Field, entrance is not allowed until directed by an on duty/uniformed IM Sports staff member.
    • Entrance to Witter Field: Entrance to Witter field is not allowed through any of the gates along Stadium Rim Way.
    • Entrance/Exit for Memorial Stadium: Entrance and exit at Memorial Stadium is only allowed through the North Tunnel.
    • Entrance: Participants are not allowed onto Witter Field or Memorial Stadium without the presence of an on duty/uniformed IM Sports staff member.
    • During Games: Participants are not allowed past any gated or barricaded areas of Witter Field.
    • During Games: Participants and spectators may only stand/sit in areas designated by an on duty/uniformed IM Sports staff member.
    • Postgame: All teams and their spectators must leave their team areas free of trash and debris.

    Penalty: IM Sports Supervisors and Referees will withhold the final game result and Sportsmanship Rating until team areas are returned to a satisfactory condition.

    • Ejection from the game/playing site
    • Suspension from Intramural Sports
    • Reduced team Sportsmanship Rating
    • Team forfeit
    • Removal of team from league
    • Citation by UCPD



    Protocol: Head Injuries in IM Sports

    This protocol recognizes the importance of identifying concussion-like symptoms displayed by
    IM Sports participants and responding with appropriate steps: initial assessment, involving EMS
    as appropriate, and properly documenting observed concussion-like symptoms.

    • Any IM Sports participant who has an injury to their head, where a concussion is suspected
      or who exhibits signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion will be
      immediately removed from play by either referees or the IM Sports Site Supervisor.
    • Removal from play is for the remainder of that calendar day. Removal from play is final and
      cannot be reversed for the remainder of that day.

    IM Sports participants must obtain a signed Return to Play Form from a physician and deliver that form to the IM Sports Director. It is recommended that the licensed physician have a background in concussion diagnosis/treatment. This protocol complies with HIPPA and FERPA requirements, in that the Campus Recreation staff does not have consent to view a medical diagnosis without the expressed written consent of the participant.

    Return to Play Form may be downloaded from the Sportifik website under the Information tab.

    • Return to play is a medical decision that must be made by a physician. Campus
      Recreation/IM Sports staff cannot make this determination once a participant has been removed from play under this protocol.
    • An IM Sports participant may not return to play without a Return to Play Form signed by a physician.
    • IM Sports staff must ensure that the participant does not return to play until the date specified by the physician. IM Sports staff will mark the participant as “ineligible” on the Sportifik website to notify IM Sports Supervisors via electronic scoresheets of the participant’s ineligibility for IM Sports activities.
    • Due to FERPA and HIPAA guidelines, Campus Recreation/IM Sports staff does not have
      consent to view a medical diagnosis without the expressed written consent of the participant. The physician is required to limit return to play notes with this in mind.

    Return to Play Forms will be archived for 5 years and stored in a locked cabinet in the Sport Club Athletic Trainer Office.

    Berkeley Rec Sports