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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.
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.
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).
9. CAN WE RESCHEDULE A GAME?
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:
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.
PLAY on "ONE TEAM"
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:
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"
UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT (Yellow & Red Cards)
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:
ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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. http://guru.psu.edu/POLICIES/Ad42.html Direct all inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policy to the Affirmative Action Director, The Pennsylvania State University, 328 Boucke Building, University Park, PA 16802.
Revised July 16, 2014