Intramural Sports Code of Ethics
Good sportsmanship is vital to every contest. In order to encourage proper conduct during IM Sports contests, supervisors, officials, scorer/timers and administrative staff will make decisions as to warn, penalize, or eject players/teams for poor sportsmanship. The University Recreation Council will rule on further penalties to be prescribed as a result of unsportsmanlike conduct. The team captain is responsible for the actions of all individual members of the team and for any spectators directly related to their team. The conduct of the players and spectators before and after each game is as important as the conduct during the game. Each team will be held responsible for conduct at these times, as well as during the game.
Each team will be rated by officials, supervisor and scorer/timer (if available) following each game. Captains will have the opportunity to rate the opposing team. These ratings will be aberaged to calculate a single rating for the game.
One criterion to be eligible for play-offs is a team must have an average sportsmanship rating of 2.5 or greater. During play-off games, a team must maintain an average of 2.5 or better if they wish to be eligible to compete in the tournament.
Team captains are encouraged and welcomed to keep up with their team's sportsmanship ratings. They may come by the UREC Offices in the Student Recreation Center any time during the business day to check their team's sportsmanship ratings.
Ratings can and will be changed by the IM Sports Office due to further investigation of the contest.
4 – Excellent Sportsmanship and Conduct:
The team and spectators participate in the spirit and intent of the Intramural Sports program and University Recreation. Examples of a team and spectators of that team with Excellent Sportsmanship and Conduct include, but are not limited to:
- Showing up and having everyone checked in, ready to play prior to game time
- Supporting every policy enforced by staff
- Accepting the judgment decisions made by Officials and/or staff
- Displays a fun, positive environment
3 – Acceptable Sportsmanship and Conduct
The team and spectators display behavior which is adequate for competition and fair play. Examples of a team and spectators of that team with Acceptable Sportsmanship and Conduct include, but are not limited to:
- Players and spectators cooperate reasonably and rationally with the Officials and/or staff in a respectful manner
- Team Captain calmly and respectfully questions any calls or rule interpretations with Officials and/or staff
- Team Captain displays appropriate leadership qualities showing positive influence on team and spectators
- No vulgar language or gestures were displayed
- Teams which have enough players checked in and ready to play by game time, and the opposing team does not, will receive a 3 rating
2 – Sportsmanship and Conduct Needs Improvement:
The team and/or spectators display behavior which is negative and takes away from the goal of the Intramural Sports program. Examples of a team and spectators of that team with Sportsmanship and Conduct Needing Improvement include, but are not limited to:
- Teams have to be warned/addressed for the following items:
- Minor language issues
- Negative comments to the Officials, staff and/or the other team
- Team Captain having minimal influence over team and/or spectators
- Team has a player ejected for a technical rule will not receive greater than a 2.0 rating
- Default: Team which does not have enough players to play, either start or continue, and results in a default will not receive higher than a 2 (including Advanced Defaults)
1 – Unacceptable Sportsmanship and Conduct:
The team and/or spectators display behavior which is in contradiction of the mission and purpose of the Intramural Sports program and University Recreation. Examples of a team and spectators of that team with Unacceptable Sportsmanship and Conduct include, but are not limited to:
- Continual displays of vulgar language and/or gestures after the opportunity for improvement
- Team Captain has no influence over team and/or spectators
- Team members participate after the consumption of alcohol/drugs
- Ineligible players on the roster for the contest
- Any damage to or destruction to any Intramural Sports/University Recreation equipment and/or facilities
- Any team which has a player ejected for an unsporting behavior will not receive greater than a 1 rating
0 – Prohibited Conduct:
The team and/or spectators conduct themselves in an unsafe and counterproductive demeanor which could put themselves, other participants and UREC staff in dangerous situations. Examples of a team and spectators of that team with a Season Ending Rating include, but are not limited to:
- Any game which had to be ended by UREC staff due to non-compliance of team to rules and/or policies or conduct of team members and/or spectators or potential safety concerns caused by the participants and/or spectators
- Any threatening behavior (verbal and/or non-verbal) to any Intramural staff, participant or spectator, which occurred before, during or after an Intramural Sports contest
- Any person deliberately striking, physically contacting or intimidating a participant, staff or spectator, which occurred before, during or after an Intramural Sports contest
- Forfeit: Any team which does not show up to a scheduled contest, signed in by game time will result in a rating of 0
*Any team receiving a 0 rating, must have the Team Captain meet with a professional staff member within the Intramural program prior to next game. If the team Captain was not at the contest which the 0 rating was received, a member of the team who was there must accompany the Captain to the meeting.