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Intramural Sports

The Intramural Sports program at Oakland University provides a variety of activities to meet the needs of a diverse campus community. The program offers both competitive and recreational activities that focus on getting students, faculty, staff and affiliates of the university involved in activities that promote lifetime fitness and wellness practices. Participating in Intramural Sports does not require any prior experience and it is a great way to become involved while in college.

Athlete of the Year

The Athlete of the Year award is back for 2015-16. The Athlete of the Year is a yearlong points system designed to determine the best Intramural Sports athlete for 2015-16.
How to
Register
All intramural sports participants are required to create an account through IM Leagues and must be listed on a team roster prior to participation. IM Leagues offers a live support button in the top right corner of all pages, please use this button if you encounter any difficulties in this process.

How to Create an IM Leagues Account
  1. Select “IM Leagues – Registration and Schedules” on the Intramural Sports page.
  2. Click on the “Create Account” button on the top right of the page.
  3. Complete all the sections listed on the page.
  4. You will be prompted from there in order to successfully activate your account.
  5. If you do not have an Oakland University email account, you must request to join Oakland University’s page after you create your IM League account.
  6. Please allow two business days for your request to be reviewed. If accepted, you will receive an email with the subject line “School Acceptance” from IM Leagues.

How to Register for an Intramural Sport
  1. Log-in to IM Leagues after selecting “IM Leagues – Registration and Schedules” on the Intramural Sports page.
  2. Click on the “Oakland University” tab.
  3. The current available sports will be displayed, click on the sport you wish to join.
  4. Choose the league you wish to play in (Men’s, Women’s, or Co-Rec).
  5. Choose the division you would like to play in (example: Mon/Wed 6, 7 PM).
  6. After that there will be two buttons, “Create Team” and “Join Team”, select create team.

For Team Captains
Create a team
  1. Read over the schools terms and conditions at the top and click the box next to it
  2. Enter the last four digits of your Spirit card
  3. Enter your team name & logo
  4. Captains can invite members to their team by clicking the “Invite Members” link on the team page, any invited members must accept the invitation to be joined to your team
  5. To complete the registration process the captain must print a copy of their team page and bring that copy along with the refundable payment to the Welcome Center of the Recreation Center to finalize their spot, prior to each sport’s registration deadline
  • Invite Members
  1. Under your created team’s home page click on the blue text that says “Invite Members to Your Team”
  2. Click on the tab “Members”
  3. In the Search Menu, type the first and last name of the person you are looking for, click "Search"
  4. If the individual is a registered IM Leagues User there name will pop up; if the name does not pop up follow the directions under HOW TO INVITE NON-IMLEAGUE USERS TO JOIN YOUR TEAM on this page
  5. Next to an individuals name click on the blue text that says “Add to Main List”
  6. This will automatically send an email to invite that individual, let the individual know they need to accept the invitation to officially be on the team
  • Invite Non-members
  1. If the individual is not an IM League User, listed under the “Members” tab is the option to “Invite by Email”, click “Invite by Email”
  2. Type in the individual’s e-mail address; multiple email addresses can be typed in, separate multiple addresses by a comma, click "Add"
  3. Enter a subject and message that you wish to send to the individual(s) telling them to join your team, click "Invite"
  4. IM Leagues will send an email to the individual(s) providing them with all the information needed to join your team
  • Accepting Members
  1. On the left side of your team’s home page there is a blue tab “Requests", under "Requests" is "Member Requests", click on "Member Requests"
  2. There will be a list of the players requesting to join the team
  3. On the right side of each player there will be a red X and a green checkmark, click the green checkmark to accept the player
  4. Players are not automatically put on rosters unless the captain has checked that option, the captain will need to “accept” players as they request to join the team.
  • Join a team
  1. Use the “Create/Join Team” button at the top right of any page
  2. Accept the request from the captain to join his/her team
  3. Finding the team and the captain’s name on division/league page and request to join
  4. Go to the captain’s playercard page, view his/her team, and request to join
  • Join as a Free Agent
  1. You can list yourself as a free agent in as many divisions within a league as you’d like. You will be visible to all members of the site and can request to join teams, or post information about yourself so teams can request to add you to their team.
Winter
Sports
Doubles Table Tennis Tournament

Registration Deadline: January 13th at Midnight

Competition Start Date: January 14th

Fee: FREE

Basketball

Registration Deadline: January 21st at Midnight. 

Payment Deadline: January 21st at 9 p.m.

Competition Start Date: January 24th

Fee: $25 per team due at registration; the fee is refundable at the conclusion of play barring forfeits.

Captain’s Meeting: January 24th at 12 p.m.

Playoff Draw: February 29th at 7 p.m. Teams must have a representative present to select their space in the playoff bracket.

Indoor Soccer

Registration Deadline: January 28th at Midnight

Payment Deadline: January 28th at 9 p.m.

Competition Start Date: January 31st

Fee: $25 per team due at registration; the fee is refundable at the conclusion of play barring forfeits.

Captain’s Meeting: January 31st at 12 p.m.

Playoff Draw: February 29th at 8 p.m. Teams must have a representative present to select their space in the playoff bracket.

Racquetball

Registration Deadline: January 29th at Midnight

Competition Start Date: February 1st

Fee: FREE

Captain’s Meeting: January 31st at 4 p.m.

Indoor Triathlon

Registration Deadline: March 3rd at Midnight

Payment Deadline: March 3rd at 9 p.m.

Competition Start Date: March 6th

Fee: $30

Hosted by the Club Sports Advisory Council

Innertube Water Polo

Registration Deadline: March 3rd at Midnight

Competition Start Date: March 7th

Fee: FREE

Captain’s Meeting: March 6th at 12 p.m.

Floor Hockey

Registration Deadline: March 10th at Midnight

Payment Deadline: March 10th at 9 p.m.

Competition Start Date: March 12th

Fee: $25 per team due at registration; the fee is refundable at the conclusion of play barring forfeits.

Captain’s Meeting: March 13th at 12 p.m.

Playoff Draw: April 3rd at 12 p.m. Teams must have a representative present to select their space in the playoff bracket.

Bracketology

Registration Deadline: March 11th at Midnight

Competition Start Date: March 15th

Fee: FREE

Volleyball

Registration Deadline: March 17th at Midnight

Payment Deadline: March 17th at 9 p.m.

Fee: $25 per team due at registration; the fee is refundable at the conclusion of play barring forfeits.

Captain’s Meeting: March 20th at 12 p.m.

Playoff Draw: April 10th at 12 p.m.. Teams must have a representative present to select their space in the playoff bracket.

Extreme Dodgeball

Registration Deadline: March 24th at Midnight

Payment Deadline: March 24th at 9 p.m.

Competition Start Date: March 28th

Fee: $25 per team due at registration; the fee is refundable at the conclusion of play barring forfeits.

Captain’s Meeting: March 25th at 12 p.m.

Softball Tournament

Registration Deadline: April 7th at Midnight

Payment Deadline: April 7th at 9 p.m.

Competition Start Date: April 10th

Fee: $25 per team due at registration; the fee is refundable at the conclusion of play barring forfeits.

Policies and
Procedures
It is the responsibility of all intramural sports participants to familiarize themselves and comply with current intramural policies and procedures. These policies and procedures are subject to change, however, all appropriate parties will be notified of any changes.

Eligibility
All currently enrolled students, faculty, staff, alumni and affiliates of Oakland University may participate in the Intramural Sports Program. However, alumni and university affiliates must purchase a Rec Center membership to be eligible. All participants must present their SpiritCard at all intramural activities. No ID, no play, no exception.

In addition:
  • A player is prohibited from playing with more than one intramural team in the same league. Individuals may play with a men's team and a co-rec team or a women's team and a co-rec team. The Intramural Sports Office must approve the transfer of players to another roster, and each case is heard on an individual basis.
  • Any team that allows an ineligible player to play on their team will forfeit each game in which the ineligible player participates. 
  • Any team with a player using an assumed name will forfeit that game. The player(s) involved will be ineligible to compete the remainder of the season or tournament. 
  • Each team must submit a finalized roster before the end of the regular season. No changes can be made to the rosters after this time.

Intercollegiate and Professional Athletes
Any person who has practiced, competed or is otherwise recognized as being a member of an intercollegiate team is prohibited from participating on an intramural team in that sport or a related sport during that academic year.

Former collegiate letter winners are eligible to participate in the Intramural Sports Program if at least one entire term has elapsed since their last participation with an intercollegiate team. No more than one collegiate letter winner may represent an intramural team in his/her lettered sport.

Individuals considered to be professional athletes are not allowed to participate in intramural sports in their respective or related sport. However, professional athletes will be permitted to participate in intramural sports if they have been inactive for a period of five or more calendar years.

Sports Club Members
Sport club members are eligible to participate in all intramural sports. However, intramural team rosters can only have two club members of that sport, or related sport.

Assumption of Risk
Individuals are encouraged to have a physical examination and obtain adequate health and accident insurance prior to participation in recreational sports activities. Campus Recreation does not provide insurance coverage for participants.

Individuals who participate in intramural sports do so at their own risk. Participation in any recreational sports activity is voluntary. Oakland University and Campus Recreation are not responsible for any injury that may occur to individuals participating in any recreational sports activity.

How to Get Involved
Fraternities, sororities, residence halls and independent organizations are encouraged to select a manger/team captain to handle operations for their respective intramural team. An intramural sports information meeting is held at the beginning of each semester. At this meeting, managers/captains are given information about upcoming intramural sports and special events as well as any changes in intramural sports policies and procedures. This information should be relayed to the other members of the team by the managers/captains.

All official entries are accepted at the Rec Center Office until the posted deadline. All team rosters must be completed on the proper entry form before submitting. Each roster must have all of the contact information filled in completely before it is accepted. Refundable forfeit fees are due when entries are submitted. Schedules will be prepared and distributed at the captains meeting for each sport.

Team Captain/Co-Captain Responsibilities
  1. Attend all meetings pertaining to his/her team's activity
  2. Submit the appropriate team rosters and make all necessary changes
  3. Pick up schedule
  4. Notify team members of date, time and location of contest, and notify team members of any changes to the schedule
  5. Enter team lineup on appropriate score sheets
  6. Assist in the recruitment of sports officials
  7. Sign the game score sheet after each contest to verify accuracy of the score
  8. Be knowledgeable of all playing rules governing the activity in which they are participating in addition to all eligibility rules

Classification of Divisions
Activities are divided into three divisions of competition for which all University Champions will be determined: men’s, women’s and co-rec. Not all divisions exist for each activity.
  • Women's Division — This division is comprised of individuals/teams consisting of eligible participants representing female undergraduate/graduate students and female faculty/staff. Participants in this division also may participate simultaneously in the co-rec division.
  • Men's Division — This division is comprised of individuals/teams consisting of eligible participants representing male undergraduate/graduate students and male faculty/staff. Participants in this division also may participate simultaneously in the co-rec division.
  • Co-Rec Division — This division is comprised of individuals/teams consisting of eligible participants representing female and male undergraduate/graduate students as well as female and male faculty/staff. Participants in this division also may participate simultaneously in either a women's or men's division activity.

Sportsmanship
All participants of Intramural Sports are obligated to conduct themselves in a manner that fosters a safe, friendly and enjoyable atmosphere for all players and spectators. The Department of Campus Recreation will not tolerate actions that are considered prejudice, rude, disrespectful or UN-sportsmanlike in nature.

Misconduct

Any individual that is involved in fighting, verbal or physical abuse, or purposefully harming or injuring another participant, spectator or employee of the Department of Campus Recreation is subject to being banned from participating in Intramural Sports as well as possibly being reported to the Dean of Students Office.

Alcohol and Controlled Substances

Alcohol and controlled substances are not permitted on or around the Intramural Sports playing areas. If an individual appears to be under the influence of alcohol or any controlled substance, they will not be allowed to participate in Intramural Sports. Participants whom violate this policy will be reported to the Dean of Students Office for possible judicial sanctions.

Tobacco Products

The use of tobacco products on or around the Intramural Fields is prohibited
  • The Intramural Sports Staff reserves the right and is obligated to not allow participants and/or spectators that show signs of intoxication or have in their possession alcohol or controlled substances to participate in any Intramural Sports activity or event.
  • If a team receives three (3) un-sportsmanlike penalties during a game it will result in an automatic forfeiture of that game and an unacceptable rating. The team captain will be required to meet with the Coordinator and/or Graduate Assistant of Intramural Sports before his/her team will be allowed to continue participation in that sport.
In an effort to maintain a high quality of sportsmanship in our Intramural Sports program, the following sportsmanship expectations have been adopted:

Team Sportsmanship Rating System

The development of team and individual sportsmanship is of fundamental importance in all intramural sports activities. The Sportsmanship Rating System is intended to be an objective scale by which teams’ attitude and behavior can be assessed throughout the intramural sports league and playoff seasons. Behavior before, during, and after an intramural sport contest is included in the rating. The team manager is responsible for education and informing all players and spectators affiliated with his/her team about the system. To encourage acceptable conduct before, during, and after intramural sports contests, officials and/or supervisors shall make decisions whether to warn, penalize, or eject persons for poor sportsmanship.

Sportsmanship Rating Scale

The sportsmanship rating scale ranges from 4-0; 4 being equated with the best sportsmanship and with 0 being poor sportsmanship. The Sportsmanship rating scale is based off of sportsmanship infractions (SI), which include unsportsmanlike penalties in flag football, unsportsmanlike technical fouls in basketball, and unsportsmanlike yellow cards in soccer and volleyball. All other team sports, even though they do not have automatic deductions, still closely follow the model.
  • 1 SI = 1 unsportsmanlike penalty, 1 technical foul, or 1 yellow card
  • 2 SI = 1 red card, 2 yellow cards, 2 unsportsmanlike penalties, or 2 technical fouls
A team is responsible for the actions of the individual team members and spectators related to it. The team captain’s efforts in assisting officials/staff to calm difficult situations and to restrain troubled teammates are critical to controlling team conduct. Intramural sports officials and/or supervisors/graduate assistant shall determine acceptable and unacceptable team ratings. Appeals for unacceptable ratings will not be recognized. The Coordinator of Intramural and Club Sports and/or Graduate Assistant will determine season ending ratings. The Intramural Sports Program staff also reserve the right to review any rating given to a team. Regardless of the division or league, teams displaying good sportsmanship and receiving at least a 3 sportsmanship average throughout the league will be eligible for playoffs. During playoffs, sportsmanship must remain at 3 or higher in order to advance.

4 (Good Sportsmanship)
  • 0 Sportsmanship infractions issued to the team/individual
  • Cooperate with and demonstrate good sportsmanship opponents, spectators, and all IM staff
  • Exhibits control over his/her team and spectators, converses reasonably and rationally with officials about rule interpretations/calls, and cooperates by providing any information requested by IM staff
  • Participate in the spirit and intent of the intramural sport game rules and/or program policies. Team members accept judgment decisions made by the officials during the contest
  • Respect is shown for Oakland University Campus Recreation facilities and equipment
3 (Average Sportsmanship)
  • 1 Sportsmanship infraction was issued to the team/individual
  • Participants display disagreement/frustration with decisions of IM staff/officials
  • Questioning of judgment/rules interpretation not presented in a respectful manner
  • Minor incidents of unsportsmanlike behavior towards opponents, spectators or staff
    • Examples include, but are not limited to, trash talk, cursing in any manner, publicly questioning an official's abilities, mocking the skill level of an opponent
2 (Unacceptable Sportsmanship)
  • 2 Sportsmanship infractions were issued to the same team/individual or 1 player was ejected
  • Participants/Spectators who continually complained about officials' decisions and displayed dissension, complaints include both verbal and nonverbal behavior, excessive arguing between opposing teams/spectators
  • Captain exhibited little control over his/her team and spectators, conversed in a dissenting manner with officials about rule interpretations/calls and did not cooperate
1 (Game Ending Sportsmanship)
  • 3 Sportsmanship infractions were issued to the same team/individual, which ended the contest
  • Team members did not meet eligibility requirements for participation in the OU Intramural Sports Program
  • Playing with participants who were on the outstanding ejection list or had been suspended from participation in the Intramural Sports Program
  • Public indecency, vulgarity, or obscenity
  • Individuals/teams played after the consumption of alcohol/drugs. If the contest has begun when this is discovered, the player(s) will be immediately removed from the facility, and the contest could be forfeited to the opponent
0 (Season Ending Sportsmanship)
  • Multiple ejections or blatant unsportsmanlike conduct that endangered participants, fans, officials, or supervisors occurred
  • Physical abuse by participants/spectators in the form of fighting and/wrestling with an opponent and/or teammate which occurred before, during, or after an Intramural Sports contest
  • Any threatening behavior (verbal and/or nonverbal) to any Oakland University Intramural Sports or Campus Recreation employee, participant, or spectator which occurred before, during, or after an Intramural Sports contest
  • Damage to or destruction of any OU property or OU Campus Recreation facilities or equipment
  • Any violation of the OU Student Code of Conduct
  • Team/Individual was uncooperative and out of control before, during, or after intramural sports contest(s)
  • Team/Individual failed to cooperate/comply with intramural sports administrative staff/University officials while performing their duties; falsely represented or withheld any requested information

Enforcement
Teams and Individuals who behave in a manner described above may be suspended at the discretion of the coordinator from one game up to the rest of their time at Oakland University. Any player suspended from intramural sports will remain so until after a meeting and a formal reinstatement by the coordinator and/or Intramural Advisory Board.

A player that is ejected from an intramural contest must meet with the IM coordinator before he/she will be allowed to continue participation in IM sports. All appointments must be scheduled. All players ejected from an intramural contest must serve a minimum one-game suspension in addition to any sanctions imposed by the coordinator of intramural sports.

In the event of a suspension, the judgment of the coordinator will be effective immediately. An appeal of a decision by the coordinator may be submitted in writing to the assistant director of programs for the Department of Campus Recreation within 48 hours of the decision. The assistant director of programs will notify and submit the appeal to the Intramural Sports Advisory Board chairperson. The decision of the Intramural Sports Advisory Board is final and may not be appealed.

The coordinator of intramural sports will make a decision on all disciplinary cases within 48 hours of the related incident.

Forfeits
Teams are expected to be ready to play at game time. Any team failing to report to participate at the scheduled starting time shall forfeit to their opponent. If both teams fail to report to participate, each team will be given a forfeit and the game will not be rescheduled. This applies to all team, individual and special event contests.

Types of Forfeits: A team may receive a forfeit for improper uniform, no-show, showing up after the grace period has expired, playing with an ineligible player, not calling in before the default time (1pm)-day of game, or if Sunday game 1pm Friday, and for acts of poor sportsmanship.

Sportsmanship Rating for Forfeits: A team that forfeits will not receive a sportsmanship rating for that game, either will the team that wins by forfeit. (Unless it is called due to behavior)

Limit of Forfeits: During regular season two (2) forfeits for any of the above reasons will drop a team from future competition.

Tournament Forfeit: A forfeit during any tournament play will eliminate a team from competition.

Grace Period:
Teams/players will be granted a grace period IF it is stated in the sport rules. The game/match may begin at any time until the grace period has expired with the time remaining as indicated on the clock and points awarded as outlined in sport specific rules. If after the grace period the game/match has not begun, it will be forfeited to the opponent. If neither team/player is prepared to play, a forfeit or double forfeit will be declared as appropriate.

Winning by Forfeit: In order for a team to receive a win by forfeit, it must have the minimum number of players required to begin play according to the rules of that sport. These players must be at the scheduled location at the scheduled time “ready to play”.

Defaults
Teams or individual that know in advance that they will not be able to participate in a scheduled game or event may request an advanced default. Games declared a “default” will result in a loss for the defaulting team and a win for the opposing team. Only the team captain may request an advanced default. All requests for a default must be done in person, by 1p.m. on the day of the contest and should be directed to the Coordinator of Intramural and Club Sports.  For weekend games the request for a default loss must be made by 5 p.m. on the Friday before the game.  A default means a loss will be assessed against the team's record, but the team will remain in competition and still be eligible to receive the refundable forfeit fee at the end of the season.

Scheduling Playoffs
The Intramural Sports Staff will prepare all regular season and playoff schedules. Scheduling concerns or questions may be directed to the Coordinator of Intramural and Club Sports. All scheduling conflicts should be reported to the Coordinator as soon as possible, so the proper actions may be taken to resolve the issue.

All teams are eligible for the playoffs if they finish the regular season, had a representative at the captain’s meeting, and have not forfeited two (2) times. Teams participating in the playoffs may be required to play on nights and times that differ from their regular season schedule.

Postponements
The Department of Campus Recreation is willing to cooperate with teams in extraordinary circumstances by allowing a rare postponement. However, due to limited facilities and relatively short seasons, requests for postponement should be kept to a minimum. A scheduled contest can only be postponed with the agreement of both team captains and the approval of the coordinator. The responsibility for coordinating a postponement will fall on the team wishing to postpone the contest. In the event that a postponed contest cannot be rescheduled, the team requesting postponement must forfeit, resulting in a loss.

Weather Postponements

In the event of inclement weather, a decision on play will be made by 2:30 p.m. the day of the contest. Team captains will be contacted via telephone or e-mail by the intramural staff notifying them of postponements. An attempt will be made by the Intramural Office to reschedule all postponed contest. However, if regular-season contests are not rescheduled, each team will be credited with a win for that particular game. Postponements during the playoffs will be rescheduled.

Rescheduling
Rescheduling of games is discouraged because of the lack of time and facility space constraints we have to play the games. There is no guarantee that games can or will be rescheduled.

To reschedule a game a specific procedure must be observed:
Call your opponent and request to reschedule. Arrange a time to meet at the Intramural Office during regular business hours (Monday-Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm) to select the new time. Both managers must meet at the office at the same time with the Coordinator of Intramural Sports. Reschedule the game to a mutually agreeable time with an IM Sports representative at the office.

You are required to complete this procedure by 5 p.m. the day before the game, for Sunday games this must be done the Friday before by noon. If games are called due to weather, teams may choose to reschedule the rained out game by meeting at the Recreational Sports Office to select a make-up date.

Protests
Protests may only be filed for the use of an ineligible player or a misinterpretation of the rules. An official's judgment is not, under any circumstance, grounds for protest.

All protests must be registered by the team captain with an official of the contest at the time the dispute occurs. The attending official then must notify both teams that a protest has been made.

Player eligibility protests can be filed with the IM supervisor only if the player in question participates in the contest. Player eligibility protests must be filed during or immediately after the related contest.

Rules interpretation protests must be made with the officials immediately following the questioned incident and before the ball is put back into play. All rule interpretation protests will be handled on site by the IM staff. If the team is not satisfied with the ruling of the IM staff, a typed formal protest can be made to the coordinator of intramural and club sports within 24 hours of the dispute.