Rec Sports Office, Half Acre Gym
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766-4175
Fax: (307) 766-6720
Note: Download the complete PDF version of the intramural handbook here.
The Intramural Sports Program offers University of Wyoming students, faculty, staff, and spouses the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of individual, dual, team, and meet sports at various levels of competition. Intramural Sports strives to provide structured and organized programs while assisting in the fulfillment of such basic human needs as relaxation, socialization, achievement, and physical wellness while promoting teamwork and mutual respect. It is the goal of the Intramural Sports Program to provide the University of Wyoming community the opportunity to participate in the sport of their choice in a fun, friendly, and safe environment.
The Intramural Sports Handbook is designed to provide Team Captains and participants with clear and concise guidelines and information that will assist them during their participation in intramural sports. The Intramural Sports Program is designed to complement the academic pursuit of the University of Wyoming and provide a recreational outlet to its students. Having fun is the main goal of any intramural activity.
The UW Intramural Sports Program is committed to diversity and endorses principles of affirmative action. We acknowledge that diversity enriches and sustains our scholarship and promotes equal access to our educational mission. We seek and welcome participants of all backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives in our program.
The University of Wyoming Recreational Sports Office is located in Half Acre, Room 206. The office is the primary source for intramural sports information and the location of all intramural sports staff. Office hours are 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The phone number is (307) 766–4175. Intramural information, including brackets, entry information, champion listings, official and supervisor information and the calendar of events, can also be obtained by logging on to the official intramural web page at www.uwyo.edu/imsports.
The official Intramural sports calendar will be available at the Intramural website at www.uwyo.edu/imsports. This is the official site of rules, policies, and sport information. The secondary source of information and the official registration site is available through www.imleagues.com.
As a player, the team captain is held to a higher standard. Team captains should set an example for their teammates by playing within the spirit of the rules and exhibiting an elevated level of sportsmanship. In addition, team captains should address player conduct situations and incidents involving their teammates before intramural officials must step in to deal with the situation.
Team captains are responsible for:
The team captain, upon registration at www.imleagues.com must complete and pass the online captain's quiz. This quiz will consist of general rule questions and information about the league along with intramural policies. A team may not be created until the captain passes this quiz. Content from the captain's video will be included in the quiz.
All participants must present their current, valid UW ID card (WyoOne Cards ONLY) to the IM staff prior to participation in every contest. Other forms of ID will not be accepted-this includes driver's licenses, class schedules, bank account statements, etc. The photo on the card must be easily discernible. ID's without easily viewable photos will not be accepted. Anyone attempting to participate using another person's ID or information will be suspended from intramurals indefinitely, and may be reported to the Dean of Students.
Good sportsmanship is vital to the conduct of each intramural sport. All participants and spectators are expected to behave in a mature, sportsmanlike manner, regardless of the heat of competition. A team is responsible for the actions of all individual members and spectators directly related to the team. Teams and individuals are equally responsible for ensuring proper conduct before, during, and after the contest.
Unsportsmanlike conduct is defined as improper behavior that includes but is not limited to verbal abuse, physical abuse, obscene gestures/actions, vulgar language, fighting and/or striking an official, supervisor or opponent and other acts of poor sportsmanship. Actions that are dangerous or conduct detrimental to the enjoyment and safety of other participants are not tolerated and are grounds for suspension from further intramural participation.
An ejected individual will remain suspended from all intramural activity until s/he meets with the Intramural Coordinator. Sanctioning may range from a minimum one game suspension to expulsion from Intramural and Recreational Programs for an indefinite period of time. As a result of a player being ejected, his/her team may be removed from intramural competition for the remainder of the current sport season.
Officials and/or supervisors will assess sportsmanship with a ratings system after a team game is played. The rating system is based on a five (5) point scale. In order to remain in intramural competition, an average of three (3) points must be maintained. An average of three (3) points is also necessary to advance to post-season play. Any ratings lower than two (2) will result in a meeting between the team captain and the Intramural Coordinator before play can be continued.
Access to the facilities is the responsibility of the participant!)
In order to play intramurals, you must be on your team's online roster by NOON of the day your team plays! (Note: most individual events do not require online registration)
Any individual who is or has been a practicing member of the current varsity squad at the University of Wyoming is not eligible to compete in the intramural competition of their varsity sport or any sports related to that field. UW varsity letter winners are not eligible to play the sport of their specialty for two full years following their last varsity season. Teams are limited to two (2) ex-varsity athletes on the team roster and must play in division A competition.
Junior or community college transfer students in their first year at UW, who competed at their previous schools on the varsity squad, must enter in the A division of their specialty sport. Teams are limited to two first year junior or community college players.
Teams are limited to two (2) club players in their specialty sport. Teams consisting of club sports participants must enter and compete in division A. The official club sports roster from the current and previous semester will be used in eligibility matters.
Although participants are not limited to the number of intramural sports they can compete in, participants may not play on more than one team or in more than one division in a given sport. After entering a contest a player may not transfer to another team. An individual is considered a member of the team they play for first. If a team is removed from a league for any reason, the members of that team become ineligible to participate in the remainder of that sport season. If it is discovered that an individual has played for multiple teams or played in multiple divisions, both teams may be subject to forfeiture of the contests in which the individual competed. If a person is found participating on a different team than their original team during the playoffs, both teams will be subject to forfeiture of their postseason contests. The participant will also be unable to continue play with any team for the remainder of the season.
EXAMPLE: A participant may play on both a men’s team and a co-recreational team. However, this individual may not play on a Men’s A team and a Men’s B team.
The team roster is the official roster for every intramural sports team. Players may be added to a team’s roster at anytime during the regular season up through the second game of the post-season tournament. Players may be added through imleagues.com only. Players must be added by NOON of the game day.
Maintaining the integrity of the Intramural Program includes enforcing Intramural Eligibility Policies. Team captains are responsible for the eligibility of their own players and the players of their opponents. However, the intramural sports staff, including the Intramural Coordinator, Graduate Assistants, Supervisors, Officials , and Office Staff reserve the right to check the eligibly of all participants. Any player/team found violating the following rules will be subject to the penalties listed at the end of this section.
All University of Wyoming students, faculty, staff, and spouses are eligible to compete in intramural activities provided they have access to all facilities and can present a valid UW identification card upon request by intramural staff. Any player using an assumed name is an ineligible player.
The integrity of the Intramural Sports Program is based on various eligibility policies, rules, and requirements. It is important to understand that failure to comply with these policies may result in penalties.
1. Any team permitting an ineligible player to participate forfeits the contest in which the ineligible player takes part.
2. Any player, who violates the eligibility rules, shall be ineligible from further competition. Any teams, for which the player has played, may be subject to forfeiture of all contests.
In the event that a participant or participants do not agree with the Intramural Coordinator's final decision on suspension, expulsion, or other penalty, participants have the option of making an appeal to the Intramural Advisory Committee (IAC). Appeals must be submitted to the Recreation Sports OFfice no later than 5 days after the final decision was made. If a challenger wishes to possibly participate in their next scheduled contest, should the Coordinator's decision be overturned, the appeal must be turned in at least 24 hours prior to the next contest. Appeals must be in the form of a typed letter (hard copy) to the IAC with a description of what happened from the challenger's point of view, as well as why the punishment is deemed unfair. Only the participant(s) whom are being removed from participation in Intramural Sports may be present at the IAC hearing. The UW Intramural Program reserves the right to bring witnesses and/or their testimony to the hearing. Such witnesses would include, but are not limited to: the Intramural Coordinator, Graduate Assistants, Supervisors, Officials and Office Assistants. After the case has been presented to the IAC, members will decide to uphold or overturn the Intramural Coordinator's decision. The challenger will be notified via email the IAC decision within 24 hours after the decision is made. All IAC decisions will be final.
Most intramural team sports are divided into three leagues by gender: men’s, women’s and co-recreational. Males and females must play in their respective divisions, unless it is a specified co-recreational event. Participants of the opposite gender may only participate on a men’s or women’s division team if a division does not exist for their own gender or there are other unique circumstances. The Intramural Coordinator will make all final decisions regarding this matter. In the case of individual sports, only men’s and women’s leagues exist. Dual sports offer men’s, women’s and co-recreational pairs.
UW Intramural Sports provides both competitive and recreational levels of participation to encourage individuals of all skill levels to compete. The levels of play vary with each sport.
In some cases, additional leagues may be added. In some sports, leagues may be combined due to limited entries. For any one sport, a player is allowed to participate only on 1 men's team OR 1 women's team AND 1 co-ed team. A player may represent only one team in a league or tournament. (Playing on a men's or women's team AND a co-ed team is allowed). After checking in for a team, that player may not play for another team. When competitive and recreational division are offered for the same league, individuals may only play in only one. Once a player checks in on a second team illegally, they are ineligible for all further competition in that sport for the remainder of the league or tournament, and all games played in after the violation are forfeited.
NOTE: The Intramural Sports Program reserves the right to place teams in any division in the post-season tournament or combine classifications. The Intramural Coordinator has the authority to establish special rulings whenever deemed necessary.
NOTE: All Intramural participants must create an account through http://www.imleagues.com/UWYO/Registration Registration through imleagues.com and joining of a team constitutes the official team roster.
The following are the steps involved in entering an intramural event:
The following are the steps involved in entering an individual or dual sport competition:
For programming purposes, the Intramural Program only accepts complete teams during the entry process for team sports. Any person wishing to participate but is unable to create a team of their own, should follow these steps:
Teams wishing to sign up after the entry deadline has passed may ask to be placed on a waiting list. There is no guarantee that wait listed teams will be entered into regular season play. The team captain or representative must be present at the representative meeting in case spots open up due to absences by other teams. Wait listed teams will be offered open spots in the order they signed up on the waiting list. If spots do not open up at the representative meeting, wait listed teams may be offered a spot in the post-season tournament or have the opportunity to fill any vacated spots that may arise during the regular season.
A team name that promotes intolerance, degrades a racial, ethnic, gender or religious group, infers an explicit sexual reference or promotes destructive behavior, is considered disrespectful to University members and the University community at large. The name will be deemed inappropriate by intramural sports staff and be modified accordingly.
Each intramural sport has its own set of rules. These rules combine national, collegiate and high school rules along with additional intramural rules. All sport rules can be found on the UW Intramural website. handout of all rules for a specific sport will be available at all team representative meetings and in the intramural office. There are no restrictions on the number of sports in which an individual may participate.
All participants should arrive at the playing field/court at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled game time.
Participants should check in with the on-site intramural supervisor. The supervisor will then direct the team to their designated field/court.
Participants should seek out the clipboard for their game. Clipboards are available from the supervisor, the game official for a team’s designated field/court, or at the field/court’s scorer’s table.
All participants must have joined the team through www.imleagues.com by NOON on the day of competition. This is the official team roster for the contest and will be used in determining a team's participation.
Any participants wishing to use intramural equipment for warm-ups must present a valid UW ID card to the equipment manager. Individuals are held responsible for all damaged, lost, or stolen equipment.
For team sports, the days and times of league play are determined prior to the distribution of entry packets. Choice of playing times and days are on a first come, first serve basis. League play is structured to accommodate students’ schedules. Teams will play once a week for three weeks.
All teams who competed in regular season play without a forfeit and maintained a sportsmanship rating of three (3) or better and those teams on a waiting list are eligible for post-season play. Post-season tournaments are single elimination. For most divisions, only one playoff bracket is established. However, the Intramural Coordinator reserves the right to split leagues into two or more tournament brackets based on team records and point differentials. The winners of each respective bracket will be crowned intramural champions. The playoffs will use the best-worst method of seeding whenever possible. Tournament games will be played at different times and days other than a team’s regular league playing time. Therefore, teams should be prepared to play at anytime. The playoff schedule will be posted by 1:00 p.m. the day following the last day of regular season play. All team captains should check the tournament brackets immediately and direct any questions or game conflicts to the intramural staff before 6:00 p.m. on the day the brackets are posted. NO TOURNAMENT GAME INFORMATION WILL BE GIVEN OVER THE PHONE.
If a tie should occur during regular league play, the outcome of the game will stand as a tie.
If a tie should occur during playoff competition, the game will go into overtime play as determined in the specific rules of each sport. The game will be played until a winner is declared.
Individual and team sportsmanship is of vital importance in all self-officiated activities. The responsibility to ensure fairness in every contest is shared by all teams involved. If the intramural sports staff is needed to intercede to remove or eject players or spectators for any inappropriate conduct, the situation will be handled very seriously.
Individual and dual sports are self-officiated in some instances and officiated by intramural staff in other situations. The format for individual and dual sports depends on the number of participants. Competition is usually a double elimination or round robin tournament format. The brackets are posted in the intramural office, on the intramural web page and through imleagues.com. In the case of self-officiated events, participants are responsible for reporting their scores to the intramural office upon completion or the next business day. Failure to report game outcomes could result in a forfeit. Individuals are also responsible to play at scheduled competition times. Rules for each competition are available in the intramural office and on the intramural web page.
NOTE: Online registrations are a contract with the Intramural Sports Program to the effect that the individual or team will be scheduled for competition, and that the individual or team will be ready to play at the scheduled date, time, and location. Please honor this contract.
NOTE: Any rescheduling should be done through the recreational sports office. A complete list of participants’ phone numbers and email addresses are available in the office.
In league competition, rescheduling must be completed 24 hours prior to the scheduled time. League games are usually unable to be rescheduled due to time and field space constraints, unless extreme circumstances prevail. If a team is unable to make a regular season league game, it is asked that they default. Defaults are granted if a team cannot play at the scheduled time and the office is notified ahead of time. A team may default to another team without incurring a forfeit. Defaults do not prevent teams from competing in the post-season tournament.
An individual or dual tournament match or regular season game may be rescheduled if:
NOTE: All individual or dual competition rescheduling must be relayed to the intramural office, in order for the staff to make the appropriate changes to the brackets and/or schedules.
Since the post-season tournament asks that participants play on nights other than their regular league times, the recreational sports office understands that conflicts may occur. In playoff competition, rescheduling must be completed 24 hours prior to the scheduled time. The team captain requesting a game change MUST come to the Recreational sports office and fill out a change of game form. No game change requests will be granted over the phone. The recreational sports office will have a complete list of times available for rescheduling. Both teams must mutually agree on the change of game.
NOTE: The office will make every attempt to reschedule a tournament game. In any rescheduling, if the opposing team is unable to reschedule, the team requesting the change of game must either make an attempt to play at the scheduled time or declare a forfeit/default.
A Contest Protest involves a rule interpretation during an intramural contest. All contest protests must be made by the protesting team’s captain in the presence of the officials, supervisor, and the opposing team’s captain at the time and place of the incident. The protest must be made before the next ‘live ball’ situation. Once play has resumed, no protests on past plays are acceptable. If the decision is still seen as unsatisfactory, the protesting team’s captain may file a protest form. The Intramural Coordinator will make the final decision by the end of the next working day after the incident occurs. NO PROTESTS WILL BE ACCEPTED ON THE JUDGEMENT CALL OF THE OFFICIAL.
A Player Eligibility Protest involves a team captain protesting the eligibility of his/her opponents. All player eligibility protests must be submitted in writing to the intramural sports office by the next working day. A player eligibility protest form is available to be filled out.
Participation in Intramural Sports is voluntary. Injuries may occur. The University of Wyoming and the Intramural Sports Program are not responsible for injuries incurred during intramural play. It is recommended that participants have satisfactory health status and accident insurance coverage. In the event of an injury, the Intramural Sports Program and the University of Wyoming will not cover payment for treatment.
All intramural participants must sign a liability/waiver form each time they participate. This form acknowledges the risk inherent in intramural activities and waives the University of Wyoming and its assigns from liability for ordinary negligence resulting from injuries that occur during intramural competition.
Games may be postponed due to weather. The intramural office will reschedule the games if possible. The decision to postpone due to weather will be made after 3:00 p.m. on the scheduled game day. To check on game cancellations call the Campus Recreation info-line at 766–3370.
In some cases, games may be canceled by the on-site supervisor if inclement weather occurs during play. If this should happen, teams will be asked to call the intramural sports office the next day for rescheduling information. In some cases, a member of the intramural sports staff may contact the team captain or a representative to relay any game cancellations or postponements.
Intramural supervisors will follow the "30/30 Rule" when lightning is visible. The 30/30 Rule states that people should seek shelter if the "Flash-To-Bang" delay (length of time in seconds between a lightning flash and its subsequent thunder) is 30 seconds or less, and that they remain under cover until 30 minutes after the final clap of thunder. After 30 minutes passes without any signs of lightning, play may be resumed if time allows.
Injuries may occur during intramural competition. All intramural supervisors are certified in CPR/AED and First Aid. Fully equipped medical kits are available at every intramural event. An injury/accident report is filed for each injury/accident. This is kept on record in the intramural sports office for insurance purposes.
Should a serious incident, such as a fight, occur, supervisors will attempt to gain control of the situation, and will call Campus Police. All individuals involved in the incident are expected to remain until Campus Police arrive to investigate the incident.
Intramural champion T-shirts are awarded to the winners of each division. The information form announces the maximum number of T-shirts awarded per team. The intramural sports staff may check the eligibility of all participants. All T-shirts may be picked up at the intramural sports office on the next business day. For events taking place in Half Acre, an intramural supervisor may award T-shirts immediately after the event.
Pets are not permitted in university buildings or on intramural/city playing fields. Pets brought to intramural contests must be on a leash and must remain off all playing areas.
No alcohol, drugs or tobacco products are allowed in university buildings or at intramural/city fields before, during, or after intramural sports competition. The intramural sports staff reserves the right to restrict play or eject anyone suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Intramural spectators are also obligated to abide by these same rules and the intramural sports staff reserves the right to remove these individuals from the sidelines.
No food or drink is allowed at any indoor intramural sports site. Water bottles and sports drinks are permitted as long as they remain off the playing court at all times. All jackets, warm-ups, hats, etc. should be stored in the locker rooms, the available coat closets, or placed on the available hooks and cubbies in the main gym of Half Acre. Please do not clutter the sidelines with equipment and/or clothing.
University of Wyoming student clubs/organizations and Laramie community clubs/organizations may checkout intramural equipment for use in their respective sport activities. Equipment is available for use free of charge. However, minimal costs will be assessed for the purchase of officials’ whistles. To checkout equipment, an equipment rental request must be filled out in the intramural sports office. There is a limited supply of equipment available for checkout and some rentals may require a designated return date due to intramural use. Individuals assume responsibility for all equipment and are required to pay for any lost, damaged, or stolen items.
Students are given the opportunity to introduce new activities for addition to the Intramural Sports Calendar of Events. Approval will be based upon the philosophy of the program, facilities required, student interest, cost of equipment, personnel needs and safety considerations.
The University of Wyoming is an equal opportunity employer.
In cases where policies are not outlined in this handbook, the intramural sports staff and Coordinator reserve the right to use common sense, fairness and the “spirit of the University of Wyoming Intramural Sports Program” in providing interpretations on the policies and procedures contained within.