RECREATION / INTRAMURAL POLICIES & PROCEDURES
2012 - 2013
The following section describes the steps required to form and register a team in the Intramural (IM) program.
Intramural teams are created through common bonds or associations at the University of Hartford. These bonds include:
If you are not affiliated or do not have contact with any of the above, there are several options to become team member. The IM Office will assist in every way possible. The options are as follows:
Registration forms will be available for all Intramural activities. Regular office hours will be 11-6pm Monday- Friday. You are encouraged to register early, do not wait until the last minute.
After the Captain’s/Manager’s meeting is over, late entries will be placed on a waiting list. There is no guarantee that the participant/team will be included in the league or tournament schedule. Late entries will be kept on file and included into the schedule when possible (based on time slots and availability). Sign up during the scheduled registration period to ensure your spot on the schedule.
Participation in IM Programs is voluntary. Some recreational sports activities can be quite strenuous, others are only moderately so. The health of individuals participating in the IM program is their responsibility. Physical examinations and physicians approvals are not required by the university in order to participate. However, it is strongly recommended that participants be aware of their own limitations.
The University of Hartford Intramurals will not be held liable for injuries sustained by individuals participating in the IM Program. Any injuries or accidents occurring during intramurals should be reported immediately to on duty personnel. Participants with a health problem and/or on medication are urged to confidentially inform our staff of their specific situation. Anyone bleeding or having blood on their clothing will be prohibited from participation until appropriate measures have been administered. All participants are advised to have proper medical coverage and accident insurance before participating. Part-time and graduate students must have insurance in order to participate in intramurals. Accidents and injuries during IM contests are documented and kept on file.
It is the responsibility of the captain to ensure that members of their team are eligible. Any questionable case should be brought to the IM Director so that an official ruling can be obtained. Rosters will be checked throughout the season.
1. Eligibility definitions and rules for participation in any IM event are as follows. All players must meet the following eligibility requirements:
2. UH Varsity Athletes are ineligible to compete in their sport or any related sports in the IM Program.I.e. current baseball players may not play baseball or softball).
3. Only one ex-varsity letter winner is eligible to be on an intramural team’s roster for each sport in which the
student lettered. This rule includes the holder of a varsity letter at a university or senior college other than the University of Hartford. This rule will not apply to ex-varsity athletes who graduated before September 1, 2007. (Ex-varsity refers to collegiate athlete not high school)
4. Any professional or elite athletes are ineligible to compete in that sport or its related sports.
5. A participant is not permitted to transfer from one team to another after participating in one scheduled game without authorization from the IM Director.
*** Sometimes there will be some strange or special circumstances that may come up. Keep in mind that the
IM Director will make the final decision regarding eligibility. ***
An individual may not, under any circumstances, play on more than one intramural team in each sport.
However, an individual may participate in either men’s or women’s and co-recreational division. Also, an individual may participate in either fraternity or sorority and co-recreational division. If you are not sure, please ask our staff or stop by the Intramural Office!
We offer five divisions at the University of Hartford Intramural Sports: men’s, women’s, co-recreational, fraternity and sorority.
LEVEL OF PLAY
Whenever possible, different level of competition in each division will be available.
GAME TIME PROCEDURES
This section gives pre-game guidance for both IM Staff and the participants. Without these policies, IM would not be able to maintain consistent, fair, safe and organized for all other team sports.
All teams are recommended to get their own jerseys. Jerseys are recommended for most team sports.
(Excuses such as “I didn’t know” or “I lost it” are unacceptable.)
Once a player has signed in, he/she is on that respective team’s roster. Player additions to the roster may be done anytime throughout the regular season of the sport. When playoffs begin, rosters are frozen. (Exception: If it is tournament format.). Additions to the roster may be made either on the field or in the IM Office.
All participants must sign a “waiver” form before participating in their intramural event. Participants are only required to sign this form once during the school year. (Sept-May)
Requests for preferred game times and dates will be accepted but they are not guaranteed. We will try to accommodate requests whenever possible. Teams cannot postpone or cancel games by agreement. All schedule changes must be approved by the Intramural Director. All changes will be posted on the intramural board. Captains/Participants, please be sure to check the board frequently!
FORFEITS AND DEFAULTS
Forfeits are detrimental to the entire program and are an injustice to participants who want to play. Players looking forward to playing are very disappointed when opponents fail to show.
If a team forfeits a game, the captain needs to communicate in a timely fashion to the intramurals director on whether or not their team intends to stay in the league before the teams next scheduled contest.
Teams that anticipate a hardship in fielding a team for a game, which has already been scheduled and cannot be changed, should call the IM Office ASAP. A default/loss will be recorded but a forfeit will be avoided.
Administrative postponements or cancellations occur when the weather or other uncontrollable factors make postponing games necessary. If the weather is questionable, call the intramural office at 768-5053. In addition, a notice will be posted by the intramural office/bulletin board. Games will be scheduled at later dates if possible.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF TEAM MANAGERS/CAPTAINS
The success of the IM Program at UH is dependent upon the representatives who serve as team managers for each participating team. These persons have the important function of serving as a direct line of communication between their team and the IM Office. Each team entered in an IM event should have a designated manager who will act as a liaison between the team and the IM Office. The team manager is responsible for:
These meetings will be held to discuss rules, logistics and to hand out schedules for the sport. All teams are responsible for material covered and agreements reached or changes made at the captain’s meeting. All captain’s/manager meetings are mandatory. If a captain/manager or representative does not attend this meeting, the team may either be replaced by a team on the waiting list (whose representative is presenting at the meeting) or will be penalized for their first game/scheduled contest.
INTRAMURAL/CLUB SPORT ADVISORY BOARD
The Advisory Board serves two functions. To assist the IM Director in hearing all sportsmanship and rule violation cases that might result in suspension from the program and to maintain and improve the Intramural & Club Sports Programs. The board will render a final verdict in the case of an appeal.
The Advisory board is comprised of students and staff from various areas of the campus community. The Board consists of the SGA president (or representative), one faculty/staff, 5 students and the IM Director.
PARTICIPANT CONDUCT & DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES
Clearly sports are important to the participants but that importance should not become so overriding that players lose sight of civilized behavior. Good sportsmanship is a requirement of all participants, players and fans. The playing field is not a venue for physical or verbal abuse! A team is responsible for the actions of individual members and for spectators directly related to their team. Team/organizations will be held responsible for their group’s conduct. Penalties are as follows:
Disrespect towards Staff and Officials
Any individual addressing a staff member or official in an unsportsmanlike or discourteous or threatening manner will be immediately disqualified and ejected from that game/event. Suspension: minimum of 2 games.
Shoving or Striking a Staff Member or Official
Shoving or striking a staff member or an official shall result in immediate suspension from all Intramural activities. This may include an attempt to strike, even though there may be no contact.
Suspension: minimum of the remainder of that sport to 365 days
Abusing an official will also result in the filing of an incident report with the University Judicial Board and Campus Police.
Unsportsmanlike or Disruptive Behavior
Anyone endangering the welfare of another will be disqualified immediately. In addition, the individual will be suspended from competition for a minimum of their next two scheduled contests. Team member, captains, spectators, coaches or entire teams may be asked to leave the playing area. Suspension: minimum of two games.
Team Members and Spectators
Team members and spectators who leave the benches/viewing area to participate in any isolated altercation.
Suspension: minimum and indefinite for the team/organization, minimum of the remainder of that sport.
Become involved in a Fight
Anyone becoming involved in a fight will be disqualified immediately. If the instigator(s) can be identified, they will be suspended from that sport. “She/he hit me first” or “I was just defending myself” are not acceptable excuses for fighting. Suspension: minimum of the remainder of that sport to 365 days.
Any individual who is found guilty of cheating will be disqualified from Intramurals. The team will forfeit all its games in which the illegal player participated. Some examples include, but are not limited to: misrepresentation of a score, playing while ineligible or under suspension, participation under an assumed name, playing on more than one team, violating any eligibility rules. Suspension: minimum of the remainder of that sport to 365 days.
Alcohol or Drug Use
Alcoholic beverages and drugs are not permitted on or around the intramural playing areas. Students who appear “drunk” or “high” due to alcohol or drug use will not be permitted to participate. The officials and staff assigned to the game have the authority to make a decision. All team/individuals guilty of alcohol infractions will be asked to leave the intramural playing area and may be banned from further participation.
Suspension: minimum of two games to 365 days.
Any person/team that willfully causes destruction of or damage to equipment shall assume full responsibility for the damage and will be assessed the full cost of repairs or replacement. Suspension: minimum of the remainder of that sport.
Anytime a player, coach or spectator who is removed from the contest or playing area for conduct of an unsportsmanlike nature is automatically ineligible from further competition and will be suspended for any major infractions. (General Unsportsmanlike Conduct: Misuse of equipment, taunting, use of foul language, etc.) Notification of disciplinary action will be sent to the individual, team captain and other University departments if necessary.
All ejected players must leave the playing area/facility when ejected. If the player refuses to leave within five minutes, the game will be forfeited. The team manager/captain is held accountable.
In cases occurring late in the sport season or the academic year, a suspension may carry over into the next sport or next intramural year
An IM Disciplinary Report will be completed and placed on file in the IM Office along with the University Judicial Board. Captains or players removed from a contest must meet with the IM Director before their next scheduled contest to discuss the incident. The player/s will remain ineligible until this appointment is completed. The case may be referred to the IM Advisory board for a final decision
After reinstatement, anyone involved in a second major offense during the course of the intramural year will be banned from participation for 365 days. Depending on the severity of the incidents, the individual may be banned from all programs and services offered by the Intramural Department.
Remember that all participants in the IM Program are students at the University and are subject to all provisions in the University Judicial Code. Refer to XII for the misconduct charges.
The decision of an official or intramural staff member to eject a player for unsportsmanlike conduct (be it verbal or physical) will be firmly upheld by the IM Director. Protests of this type will not be accepted. Absolutely no exceptions.
All suspended players will have an opportunity to meet and discuss their incident with the Intramural Director within 24 hours of the incident. After the meeting, the suspended player will be informed of any changes in their status within 24 hours. It is each individual’s responsibility to contact the intramural office at 768-5053 for a meeting.
After the participant/s has been informed of their status, if the individual/s wishes to protest the decision of the Intramural Director, the participant will have 24 hours to put in writing to request a hearing of the Intramural Advisory Board. The protest must be given directly to the Intramural Director. The Intramural Advisory Board will make a recommendation regarding the protest. Once the decision has been made by the board, no appeal/protest will be accepted. The Intramural Advisory Board’s decision will be final.
*** If the participant/s does not meet with the Intramural Director after the incident within 24 hours or does not protest their status after 24 hours after the Intramural Director’s decision, a protest will not be accepted.***
Good sportsmanship is a requirement of all participants. Players and coaches are to conduct themselves properly at all times. The IM Office reserves the right to suspend or disqualify individuals or groups for unsportsmanlike conduct. The team captain assumes full responsibility for the conduct of the team and spectators. Unsportsmanlike conduct includes actions which are unbecoming to an ethical, fair, honorable individual; it consists of acts of deceit, disrespect or vulgarity and includes taunting.
Each team will receive a sportsmanship rating from the official(s) and/or supervisor at the conclusion of the game.
TIE BREAKING PROCEDURE
Ties between 2-3 teams will be settled in the following way:
Win = 2 pts
Tie = 1pt
Loss/Default = 0pt
Forfeit = (-1) point
The purpose of a protest is to insure an equal opportunity for victory. Judgement calls may not be protested.
Any team or player that does not agree with the protest may file a written appeal. If the IM Director deems the appeal acceptable a hearing will be arranged with IM Advisory Board. The Board will make the final decision.
Intramural All-Campus Chancellors Cup
The All-Campus Championship Cup is to encourage participation in all IM activities and to offer incentives beyond the desire to excel in just one activity. At the end of each IM year, championship teams will be given special prizes in Men’s, Women’s and Co-Recreational Divisions.
Chancellors Cup Point System
Participation Points per Sport = 50
Win = 10
Loss = 5
Tie = 8
Default = 0
Forfeit = -10
1st Place = 15
2nd Place = 10
3rd Place = 8
4th Place = 6
5th Place = 4
6th Place = 3
Sport Eligible for Points
*** All Sporting events unless stated otherwise by the IM Director***
Taping of jewelry is not permitted!!
Religious medallions or medical identifications must be removed from chains and taped or sewn under the uniform.
The office of Intramurals and Club Sports has several opportunities for student involvement through employment. The Office sustains 20-25 student employees per semester and is always accepting applications from interested individuals. These positions with the IM Office can offer the University of Hartford student an array of skills and mechanics that can be carried over into the real world applications. Many employers today are looking for people who can operate in a team environment, effectively communicate with consumers, program management and can learn to identify and resolve disharmony in a situation. All of these skills will be learned by an individual who seeks to become a part of the UH intramural program. No experience is necessary; we will provide all the training! You can work and play, we schedule around your schedule. Work-study students are encouraged to apply. The following positions are available:
Sport Official Sport Assistant Office Assistant Field Supervisor
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