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These General Rules govern ALL IM SPORTS in addition to the IM Rules Modifications specific to each sport. The following rules are intended to promote safe, fair and enjoyable competition among intramural participants. The Intramural Staff reserve the right to issue any new rules or regulations that are deemed essential to the success of the program.


1. SIGN-UP YOUR TEAM or YOURSELF: There are entry dates for each sport. Most are made at the counter of the Intramural Office, 101 IM Bldg. Some events (track, swimming) will register at the event. PSU ID+Cards are required to register for any individual sport. Entries close when space is full or by 5pm on the last day of entry.

  • FREE AGENTS: Students who don't have a team can sign up on the "Free Agent List" at the Intramural Office during entry for that sport. The list is available to teams that need extra players. There is no guarantee of placement onto a team.
  • WAITING LIST: when leagues fill or entries close a “Waiting List" will be on the office door. Additional entries are sometimes needed and will be taken from this list. There is no guarantee of placement.

2. CHOOSE a LEAGUE [Formats]: choices vary by sport, some have entry limits, see flyer.

  • INSTANT SCHEDULE: choose day and/or time from available leagues.
  • STANDARD ENTRY: choose Mon/Wed, Tue/Thur, or No Preference. As leagues fill teams will be placed into No Preference toward the latter half of registration.
  • ROUND ROBIN NIGHT: choose 1 night to play a small round robin event (1.5 - 2.0 hour commitment)
  • PLAY-BY-DATES: utilized in some individual sports where participants are given a deadline date for each round. Requires players to contact and play each opponent at their convenience.

3. ATTEND the TEAM MANAGERS MEETINGS (if required): A manager or representative is REQUIRED to attend a MANDATORY MEETING for any team sport that has a required meeting. The meeting is typically at 5:30pm in the IM Bldg on the last day of entry for that sport. If no representative is present at meeting time, the team will NOT be scheduled.

4. GET A JOB - OFFICIATING! We hire student officials for basketball, football, soccer, softball, volleyball and wrestling. Pre-season training meetings are scheduled. Any student wishing to become an intramural official should contact the Intramural Office.

5. CHECK YOUR SCHEDULES - POSTED ONLINE: Follow the IM Schedules link to your sport, division, team or player name. The IM GENERAL RULES & IM SPORT RULES govern all participants, coaches and spectators.

6. Are you READY TO PLAY?

  • TEAM T-SHIRTS w/ 6" NUMBERS are REQUIRED for FOOTBALL, BASKETBALL and SOCCER:   The number should be 1 or 2 digits on back of all players. Can be printed, thick marker or spray paint (NO TAPE) in a contrasting color to t-shirt.
  • PSU ID+CARDS are REQUIRED: Current ID+Cards are required for eligibility verification at all intramural contests. Supervised Sports: ID+Cards must be presented to the IM Official or Supervisor prior to the start of the contest. Late arrivals must present ID+Card to the IM Supervisor prior to participation.  Unsupervised Sports:ID+Cards must be presented to your opponent prior to each match - Honor System.
  • LOST or STOLEN ID+CARD?: GET a WAIVER DURING OFFICE HOURS from the Intramural Office prior to your game. Bring a photo ID & proof of student status (class schedule) or proof of faculty/staff employment. The waiver is valid for 1 game only and will be taken by the official. The Participant must also show a photo ID to the official. Waivers CANNOT be granted "at the event".
  • EQUIPMENT: Limited equipment is available for all IM sports except golf clubs/balls and softball gloves). Any IM game issued equipment must be used (ie. softball bats, basketballs, etc.)  Protective eyewear is available for racquet sports.
  • PRACTICE: Field & court space is available first come / first serve. They cannot be reserved.

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7. GAME TIME is FORFEIT TIME! the minimum number of players is required at game time.               

  • FORFEIT = NO PLAYERS present on field/court at game time, 1 forfeit = team disqualification from sport.
    Teams that inform the Intramural Office by 4:00pm of game day that they cannot play, allowing us to call off their opponent, will receive a loss by default instead of a forfeit. 
  • DEFAULT = MINIMUM NOT MET at game time. 2 defaults = 1 forfeit and disqualification from sport.

8. IT'S RAINING – ARE WE PLAYING? Check FACEBOOK & TWITTER after 4pm for notification or call the Intramural Office. The decision to cancel is made NO EARLIER THAN 4PM on game day.  We hold off until closer to game time if there is a reasonable chance to play. Cancellations result in a WIN for both teams. Check sport specific rules for games cancelled while in progress. Rescheduling of regular season rainouts is not possible. Playoff rainouts will be rescheduled (usually the next day).


  • TEAM SPORTS (supervised): Your team has a choice of play nights when you register your team. Check your schedules carefully & choose wisely. Several IM sports overlap - choose alternate play nights in this case. Due to the size of our program and limited facility space, it is not possible to reschedule any regular season games.
  • INDIVIDUAL SPORTS (unsupervised): When there is mutual consent, matches can be rescheduled, provided they do not delay the advancement of the entire tournament. The Intramural Office MUST be notified of a postponements and the Intramural staff must approve the rescheduled date.

10. WE MADE IT TO THE PLAYOFFS: Congratulations! Playoffs are scheduled by the Intramural Office. Regular season preferences can no longer be followed. Any night of the week can be used & double headers are sometimes needed. A reasonable effort can be made to avoid conflicts IF teams inform the office of conflicts (ie. playing two IM Sports) prior to scheduling the playoffs.

11. WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS ! Awards are given to the champions in each sport as follows:

  • TEAMS: players with 50%+ participation receive IM block. T-shirts are awarded when available.
  • INDIVIDUAL SPORTS: champions receive IM block. T-shirts are awarded when available.

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ELIGIBILITY: PSU ID+Cards are required for eligibility verification prior to each game and at any given time.

PARTICIPANTS MUST BE:  full-time undergraduate students, registered graduate students, or faculty & staff members of Penn State University at University Park to be eligible for any IM sport. An individual who uses an assumed name, or plays under the name of another person, forfeits their right to participate further in the intramural program.

PLAYOFF TEAMS: NO NEW PLAYERS! Teams who advance to playoffs (including league ties) may ONLY use players who have played in at least 1 regular season game for that team.


  • You may PLAY on only ONE TEAM within a sport.
  • You may PLAY in only ONE DIVISION within a sport.
                         Exception: when Co-Rec & non Co-Rec are offered together, you can play for 1 Co-Rec & 1 non Co-Rec team
  • Playing in ONE game "declares your team" for the remainder of that sport.
                         You cannot switch teams or brackets within a sport.

    CAN YOU ADD PLAYERS TO YOUR ROSTER? During the "Regular Season" you can add eligible players at the game.  During "Playoffs" (including league tie games) you CANNOT add players.

DIVISIONS of PLAY:  There are 6 divisions of play with the following eligibility requirements:

  • RESIDENCE HALL: For full-time undergraduate students living on campus in a residence hall. Any mix of men & women may participate in team & individual sports. Can only play on 1 team within a sport season.

  • FRATERNITY: For full-time members of an IFC registered fraternity house, including IFC registered pledges. One team and one individual (individual sports) may represent the Fraternity within a pointed sport, unless otherwise indicated on the sport flyer. The team or individual(s) representing the Fraternity will score points according to the point system toward the overall Fraternity champion. See "Fraternity Point System”

  • MEN'S: For men who do not play in the Residence Hall or Fraternity divisions, who are full-time undergraduate students, registered graduate students or faculty/staff members.

  • WOMEN'S: For women who do not play in the Residence Hall division, who are full-time undergraduate students, registered graduate students or faculty/staff members.

  • CO-REC: For full-time undergraduate students, registered graduate students or faculty/staff members.
    A 50/50 ratio of men & women is required in the game.

  • OPEN: For any mix of men & women who are full-time undergraduate students, registered graduate students or faculty/staff members. This division is only offered a few times during the year when the size of a sport is small and separate male & female divisions are not possible (ex. summer basketball, some racquet sports).

    COMPETITION LEVELS: Team sports in the Men's, Women's & Co-Rec may have 2 levels of competition offered. Note: when entries are small, these levels will be combined.

    MINOR League – players have little organized experience at the high school or club level
    MAJOR League – majority of the players have experience at the high school or club level

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ABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS: We encourage qualified persons with disabilities to participate in the IM Sports programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the Director of Intramural Sports in advance of your participation.

CLUB SPORTS PARTICIPANTS: Limits are placed on Club Sports participants to preserve the integrity of the Intramural program. Our programs are intended to serve the general student body; therefore, members of club sports will have the following limitations for intramural participation:

  • "Team" Club Sports: Traveling Team club members are limited to 2 players per team (IM roster) in the same or “like” sport, and are encourages to play in the highest skill league that is offered; typically the major division. (ex. soccer club traveling players are limited to 2 players per IM soccer roster, baseball club participants are limited in IM softball.) The intramural staff retains the right to move teams into appropriate divisions.
  • "Individual" Club Sports:  2 year+ club members are either limited or restricted in IM play for the same individual sport. Refer to that sports IM registration for details.

FRATERNITY SUSPENSIONS (IFC): When the Intramural Office receives official notification from the IFC office of a fraternity suspension the following actions will immediately occur:

  • The fraternity is ineligible to continue participation in any active sport and cannot register for any upcoming sport.
  • The fraternity will not earn any fraternity points while suspended. Their opponents will receive notification of a win by suspension and will receive all related points.
  • If a fraternity suspension will impact playoffs: either the fraternity with the next best record from their league will advance prior to the playoffs or if already advancing in the playoffs, a win by suspension will be awarded in the next round.
  • Official notification from the IFC office is required for any suspension regulations to be lifted.

PGM MAJORS (Professional Golf Management): are limited in the golf "team" competition - 1 PGM student per IM golf team in any division. They are NOT eligible for an individual championship

CURRENT & FORMER VARSITY and PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES: Current members of collegiate athletic teams (active squad roster on the date of the first varsity contest), fringe players (those who work out with a team, retain a locker and/or receive equipment), or anyone receiving an athletic grant-in-aid assistance shall be ineligible to compete in the same or "like" sport. Former varsity letter or award winners at this or any other four-year collegiate institution must wait 1 full calendar year from the date the letter was received to be eligible to participate in the same or "like" sport. Anyone who has been declared a professional athlete in a sport may not compete in that same or "like" sport until 1 full calendar year from the date of their last contest.

RESPONSIBILITY: Team Managers and Chairpersons are held responsible for informing all players on their team and abiding by these IM General Rules and the specific IM Sport Rules.

ENFORCEMENT: Protests on eligibility must be made in writing to the Intramural Office within 24 hours of the game. See "Protests"

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Physical and/or verbal abuse directed toward players, officials, or supervisors will not be tolerated.  Unsportsmanlike conduct, rough play, and improper language/behavior will be handled through the yellow/red card system described below.  Coaches, players, and spectators will answer to this system:

YELLOW CARD: Using (undirected) foul or derogatory language; arguing calls or decisions made by intramural officials; mistreating the facility or the equipment of The Pennsylvania State University. Players receiving a yellow card will be removed from the contest while the supervisor completes the reporting process.  They must identify themselves, present their Penn State ID to the supervisor, and will be subject to a cooling-off period before being allowed to re-enter the contest. 

RED CARD:  Any physical or verbal abuse directed at intramural officials or other players/spectators. Players receiving a red card will be immediately removed from the contest.   Identification of the suspended individual must be confirmed (by either the individual or the captain) or the contest will not continue.  The individual will (then) be required to leave the premises, will be suspended from the next game, and must meet with the Director of Intramural Sports before being reinstated.


  • Physical or verbal abuse directed at an intramural official or supervisor will result in an automatic tournament suspension (no reinstatement).
  • Abusive language from unidentified spectators will result in the appropriate penalty plus the automatic (and immediate) removal of all fans for the duration of the tournament.

PLAYOFFS: Teams receiving a red card during playoffs will be immediately disqualified.  Individuals receiving a yellow card during playoffs will be disqualified from the remainder of the playoffs.  (This policy does not apply to non-conduct cards in the game of soccer).

COMPLIANCE: After being issued a yellow/red card, the individual must furnish his/her PSU photo ID+Card to the IM Supervisor/Staff.  Failure to do so will result in further disciplinary action against their team (i.e. tournament disqualification).  If a carded player refuses to divulge his/her name, a team manager or representative will be required to do so.  If the manager does not comply, the contest is forfeited and the team is barred from further competition until the necessary information has been supplied.

SUSPENDED INDIVIDUALS:  Before any suspended individual can be reinstated, he/she, accompanied by the house president (fraternity division) or team manager (all other divisions), must appear for review before the Intramural Director in 101 IM Building. This person must make an appointment at the convenience of the director. Additional sanctions may be enforced against any person(s) receiving a card. Action may also be taken against said individual's team. 

CARD ACCUMULATION: (by game, by season, by year)

  • TEAMS (including players, coaches & spectators) receiving the equivalent of 3 yellow cards (3 yellows or 1 red & 1 yellow) will be immediately removed from the tournament.  Any team accumulating 3 or more yellow cards (or equivalent thereof) in a particular tournament will be disqualified from that tournament and will be subject to review by the Intramural Sports.
  • INDIVIDUALS (including players, coaches & spectators): When an individual is issued 2 yellow cards in the same contest, he/she will be ejected from the present contest, and will be suspended for the next scheduled game. When an individual accumulates 2 yellow cards in different contests, the person will be suspended from the game immediately following the issuance of the second yellow card. Any individual accumulating the equivalent of 3 yellow cards ( 3 yellows or 1 red & 1 yellow), in a particular academic year, will be suspended from intramural activities for a period of one year. They will also be subject to review by the Intramural Sports before being reinstated the following year.

ALCOHOL & CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE POLICY: The possession and or consumption of alcohol or controlled substances are strictly prohibited in all recreation facilities and during all Intramural games.  This policy applies to all Intramural participants, coaches and spectators.  Any participant, coach or spectator under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances will not be allowed to participate or attend in any Intramural activity.  They will be asked to leave the facility immediately and are expected to comply.  Further disciplinary action may be taken if the participant or spectator is not compliant with the directive to leave.

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PROTESTS: Eligibility and Rule Protests

INELIGIBLE PLAYER PROTESTS: PSU ID+Cards will be required for eligibility verification prior to each contest and at any given time. Refer to the "ELIGIBILITY" and "ONE TEAM" sections for details on eligibility. The use of "ineligible players" will result in:

  1. Default of Game* involved.
  2. Ineligibility of Player from future IM play within that sport.
  3. Ineligibility of both Teams for playoffs within that sport.
    *Eligibility violations discovered after 24-hour limit will NOT result in default; however #2 & #3 will apply.

If you suspect an ineligible player DURING A GAME: Make your game official aware of the situation immediately. The official should ask for assistance from the supervisor on duty.

If you suspect an ineligible player AFTER A GAME: You have a 24-hour limit from game time to submit a written protest to the Intramural Office to receive a "Win by Default". (Submit a written protest to the Intramural Office by 5:00pm of the next business day.) Teams found to involve ineligible players will be dealt with according to the above policy. Provide the players name (if possible), team name, game date, time and location, and why you believe they are ineligible to assist with verification.

RULE PROTESTS: Judgment calls by an official cannot be protested. Must be handled immediately following the play or decision on the field. If you believe a rule has been interpreted or applied incorrectly by the game official: Keep your Cool!  Ask for an "Officials Time-Out" to discuss the rule with the official or a supervisor. Refuse to play if the official does not grant the time-out. The supervisor will make a final ruling on your field.

Unsupervised Sports: like tennis, racquetball, golf etc. are on the Honor System. Opponents should discuss the rule and make a mutual decision or declare a "replay". Questions should be directed to the Intramural Office for future clarification.

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RISK: The intramural participant is encouraged to consider their personal health and physical condition prior to participation in intramural activities. Such participation involves physical exertion, fundamental skills for that sport or activity, and may involve contact with another participant. The participant, being aware of any conditions predisposing them to injury or illness, and in consideration of the inherent physical exertion and possible contact involved in intramural participation, may wish to seek the advice of a physician prior to participation or may choose not to participate at all. The intramural program carries NO INSURANCE. Therefore, participants are encouraged to purchase insurance that will cover them in the case of an injury occurring as a result of participation. The intramural staff will do everything possible to provide suitable and safe playing facilities with supervision. When available, a certified athletic trainer will supervise students in athletic training who will provide emergency care as needed. In a case of serious injury, the certified trainer's recommendation will be followed.

INCLUSION: The Pennsylvania State University is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to programs, facilities, admission and employment without regard to personal characteristics not related to ability, performance, or qualifications as determined by University policy or by state or federal authorities. It is the policy of the University to maintain an academic and work environment free of discrimination, including harassment. The Pennsylvania State University prohibits discrimination, harassment against any person because of age, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, genetic information, national origin, race, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status and retaliation due to the reporting of discrimination or harassment. Discrimination, harassment, or retaliation against faculty, staff or students will not be tolerated at The Pennsylvania State University.    Direct all inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policy to the Affirmative Action Director, The Pennsylvania State University, 328 Boucke Building, University Park, PA 16802.

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Revised July 16, 2014