Intramural Sportsmanship

It is the philosophy of the Department of Campus Recreation that sportsmanship and fair play are vital aspects of intramural sports competition.  In order to insure proper conduct before, during, and after a contest, officials, activity supervisors, and administrative personnel will make decisions to warn, penalize or eject players/teams displaying unsportsmanlike conduct.  The team captain is responsible for the actions of individual members of the team and for their spectators.  The conduct of players, coaches and spectators before and after the game is as important as during the game.  Teams will be held accountable for their conduct at these times.  The following are examples of what the Department of Campus Recreation considers poor sportsmanship:

  1. Profanity
  2. Unnecessary delay of game.
  3. Participation under an assumed name.
  4. Striking an opponent or official (This will result in an automatic ejection from the game and further disciplinary action from the Dean of Students).
  5. Arguing with officials concerning decisions.
  6. Any action or intent to injure an opponent.
  7. Derogatory and abusive remarks toward an opponent or official.
  8. Any action showing disregard for the rules and/or policies of the Department of Campus Recreation.

Conduct and Sportsmanship:

  • A sportsmanship rating system will be used to control player, captain and bench personnel unsportsmanlike conduct and improper behavior.  A player, captain or other bench personnel receiving an ejection from the game shall not be allowed to compete in the next regularly scheduled contest.  Campus Recreation may also enforce additional penalties against such persons based on the ejected players. 
  • Team captains are responsible for the conduct of their players, sidelines, and spectators.  If a player is ejected and refuses to tell his/her name, the captain may also be ejected if he/she will not reveal the name.

Sportsmanship Ratings will be based on the following criteria:

5-Excellent Conduct and Sportsmanship - Players cooperate fully with the officials and other team members.  The captain calmly converses with officials about rule interpretations and calls.  The captain also has full control of his/her teammates.  Teams that win by forfeit will receive a “5.”

4-Good Conduct and Sportsmanship – Team members verbally complain about some decisions made by the officials and/ or show minor dissension, which may or may not merit a yellow card (soccer), unsportsmanlike flag (flag football), technical foul (basketball).  Teams that receive 1 yellow card, unsportsmanlike flag or technical foul will receive no higher than a “4” rating.

3-Average Conduct and Sportsmanship – Team shows verbal dissent towards officials and/or the opposing team, which may or may not merit a yellow card, unsportsmanlike flag or technical foul.  Captain exhibits minor control over his/her teammates, but is in control with himself/herself.  Teams receiving multiple yellow cards, unsportsmanlike flags or technical fouls will receive no higher than a “3” rating.

2-Below Average Conduct and Sportsmanship – Teams constantly comment to the officials and/or the opposing team from the field and/or the sidelines.  The team captain exhibits little or no control over teammates and/ or himself/herself.  A team which receives one red card or ejection can receive no higher that a “2” rating.

1-Poor Conduct and Sportsmanship – Team is completely uncooperative.  Captain has no control of teammates, and/ or himself/herself.  Any team causing a game to be forfeited, other than by not showing, or receives multiple ejections shall receive a “1” rating. 

A team that receives a “1” rating must have their captain meet with the Intramural Professional Staff the following day to be eligible to play their next contest.

  • A team must have a 4.0 average or better sportsmanship rating to be eligible to participate in the playoffs
  • A team winning a contest by forfeit or default will receive a “5” rating
  • A team losing a contest by forfeit will receive a “2” rating and not be allowed into the playoffs.

Sportsmanship Rating During the Playoffs:

  • If a team receives a “1” rating they will be eliminated from the playoffs.
  • If a team receives a “2” rating, the captain must meet with the Intramural Professional Staff the following day to discuss the rating.  A decision will be made as to whether the team will continue to participate in the playoffs.  If they do continue in the playoffs, they must receive a “5” or “4” rating for the remaining playoff games. 
  • A player receiving an ejection will be disqualified from all remaining playoff games.

Unsportsmanlike Conduct

  • In the event an individual(s), and/or spectator(s) conducts himself or herself in an unsportsmanlike manner during intramural sports competition, the official(s) working the game has complete authority in taking action, as they deem it necessary, in order to keep the game in control.  Depending on the severity of the incident, which would be left up to the official’s judgment, the official may take the following action: give warning, ejection from game, and/or suspend the game.  Any player that is ejected from the game must leave the playing area/facility immediately.  Individual will be escorted from the facility by an Intramural Professional Staff member or Intramural Supervisor not involved in the incident as well as the captain of the team.    
  • Incidents reported to the Intramural Professional Staff which indicate unsportsmanlike conduct (examples: using an ineligible player(s); theft of or damage to facilities or equipment; physical and/or verbal abuse toward official(s), supervisor(s), player(s), or spectator(s) etc.) will be investigated by the Intramural Professional Staff.  In doing so, the individual(s) and/or team(s) involved will be required to submit a written statement of the incident by noon of the next day following the incident.  The individual and/or team in question will meet with the Intramural Professional Staff.  Written statements from the officials and/or supervisors will also be obtained.
  • The offender(s) will be suspended from further play until the investigation is complete and a ruling is made by the Intramural Professional Staff.  Penalties could include: suspension from a game, games or season; temporary or permanent probation; and/or suspension from intramurals for a specific period of time.
  • Verbal and/or physical abuse towards an employee of Campus Recreation will result in immediate removal from the facility.  In appropriate circumstances, criminal charges may be filed with the Campbell County Prosecutor’s Office or disciplinary charges, which can result in penalties up to and including suspension or expulsion from the University, may be filed with Dean of Student’s Office.
  • Students will be held responsible for any information posted on Campus Recreation electronic media.

The following are minimum sanctions for some unsportsmanlike behavior:

1.    Minimum One Game Suspension

    a.    Unsportsmanlike Behavior (includes spectators)

    b.    Verbal Abuse

2.    Minimum 4 Academic Weeks

    a.    Individuals playing under assumed name (and team forfeit all     games individual played in)

3.    Minimum 8 Academic Weeks

    a.    Threatening Behavior toward a player

4.    Minimum 16 Academic Weeks

    a.    Fighting (striking or swinging)

5.    Minimum One Academic Year

    a.    Threatening behavior towards IM Staff or IM Official

6.    Minimum 2 Academic Year

    a.    Swinging at, attempting to make contact with or striking an IM Staff member or Official.

** The Intramural Professional Staff reserves the right to impose additional sanctions, reduce or extend sanctions for the above listed infractions and any other behavior that is deemed inappropriate. If a player/team is ejected from a game, he/she/they are suspended immediately from all IM competition and must be out of sight and sound before the competition is restarted. The player/team must set up an appointment with the Intramural Professional Staff to seek reinstatement. The Intramural Professional Staff will determine the length of suspension. If a player engages in any IM activities before meeting with the Intramural Professional Staff, the player's team will forfeit all games in which the player participated in after the ejection.

** Additional sanctions may also be administered by the Dean of Students Office.