Policies and Procedures
Fundamental Standard // EligibilityRoster and Waiver Forms // Forfeits // Participation Guidelines // Play Structure // Program Description // Division Descriptions // Safety // Equipment // Injuries // Game Cancellations and Inclement Weather // Game Rescheduling // Game Protests
1. Fundamental Standard
As a program/service that extends into the lives of many individuals belonging to the Stanford University campus community, the Stanford Intramural Sports program asks that all participants adhere to the University’s Fundamental Standard.
The Fundamental Standard has set the standard of conduct for students at Stanford since 1896. It states:
Students at Stanford are expected to show both within and without the University such respect for order, morality, personal honor and the rights of others as is demanded of good citizens. Failure to do this will be sufficient cause for removal from the University.
Incidents occurring during the course of IM Sports competition will be assessed using the Fundamental Standard as a guide. Per the precedent set by the Office of Judicial Affairs, penalties that could result from incidents occurring on the fields/courts may vary and will be based on the facts of the incident being considered.
If a participant is in an altercation (fighting, verbal abuse, or anything that would be seen as unsafe behavior), the follow actions will take place:
There are severe penalties for fighting. Our definition of fighting is extensive and includes aggressive actions some might not consider fighting (see below). The penalty for fighting is a minimum 1-year suspension from Intramural Sports. Behavior classified as fighting includes, but is not limited to:
- striking or attempting to strike an individual.
- engaging an individual in a combative manner.
- throwing a punch at an individual.
- spitting at an individual.
- kicking or attempting to kick an individual.
- brandishing a foreign object or weapon with intent to harm, injure, or intimidate an individual.
- retaliating against an aggressive act
- Verbally and overly abusive to make the victim feel threatened
IM incidents will be heard by the Coordinator of Intramural Sports, the Intramural Sports Student Leadership Team, and at times also the Recreation Advisory Council based on the nature of the incident in question. When deemed appropriate by any of the three aforementioned administrative bodies, incidents will be reported to the Office of Judicial Affairs for further consideration. A written report will be documented with the outcome and a meeting will be set to meet with the individuals in question. Any player who is reported, will be suspended indefinitely until they meet with the Coordinator of Intramural Sports.
For more information on the Fundamental Standard or Office of Judicial Affairs at large, please visit:
2. ELIGIBILITY/INELIGIBLE/VARSITY PLAYERS
Most students, faculty and staff are eligible to participate in the programs and services offered by the Intramural program. Each participant must bring a valid Stanford ID to every game (to be checked before the contest by the Intramural Supervisor). If a participant does not bring a valid Stanford ID, he/she will not be able to play. This is to insure that only members of the Stanford community are playing and that all players have current insurance. No exceptions will be made. Driver’s Licenses will not be accepted.
Varsity athletes may not participate in their associated sport during the same academic year in which they were on the varsity team. In other words a varsity volleyball player participating in varsity volleyball in the fall of 2009 cannot play intramural sand volleyball in the spring of 2010.
One year of non varsity status is the requirement for eligibility to participate in the associated IM sport. We encourage all ex varsity participants to participate at the highest level of play offered. In other words, play DI instead of DII.
Varsity participants may participate in any and all un-associated sports. In other words a varsity volleyball participant can play basketball at any time.
Former PROFESSIONAL athletes are not eligible to participate in their associated sport while enrolled at Stanford.
If you are curious about your eligibility (or a teammate’s) please contact the IM office for guidance.
Teams participating with ineligible players (non-Stanford student, faculty and staff, individuals unable to produce a valid ID card or that have not signed a waiver form, or participants playing on multiple teams per the PARTICIPATION guidelines listed below, or varsity athletes participating in their associated sport), will be penalized with a forfeit for all games that those individual(s) participated in. Top
3. ROSTERS AND WAIVER FORMS
Each team must fill out their roster online prior to their first game. Rosters may be manipulated throughout the first full four weeks of the sport season. After that, rosters will be LOCKED. Injuries and other situations may arise, so be sure you have enough players on your roster to compete throughout the entire season.
Changes can be made online,prior to play during the first four weeks of the season.
Waivers will be provided for you at games to sign. After you have signed the waiver, please give it to the supervisor and he will mark you off the list. The online rosters will be updated the day after you signed it. NO PLAYER can play without signing a waiver. Players who do not sign a waiver and play, are subject to forfeiting their teams games. One waiver will cover you for all of intramural sports activities for that given quarter.
If you are under the age of 18, please print off a paper waiver and have your parents or legal guardian sign it and return it to:
Coordinator of Intramural Sports
Arrillaga Family Sports Center
Stanford, CA 94305-6150
p 650 723 1081
f 650 725 7242
A Forfeit will occur if a team does not have the necessary number of players present precisely ten minutes after the start of the scheduled game time. Official time will be kept by the Supervisor on duty. A lesser number of players cannot show up before the five-minute lapse and “reserve” the game time for their team. Teams accumulating one or more forfeits over the course of the season will be dropped from play and ineligible to advance to the playoffs.
Sportsmanship now count as part of the formula to get into the playoffs. A team must have an average of 2.5 to get into playoffs. They are as follows:
5-4 (Highest)- Had a great attitude, showed the level of gamesmanship and respect of the highest quality
3 (Average)- Did nothing that was questionable
2 (Below Average)- Verbally abusing the opposing team, and/or supervisors, referees and officials. Actions were questionable
1 (Worst) – Verbally abusing the opposing team, and/or supervisors, referees and officials, Aggressive actions beyond the protection of the rules of the game.
An Automatic loss is requested to prevent a forfeit. This is used to be respectful to the other team and a team who request an automatic loss, will not be penalized with playoff ineligibility. The team will receive an automatic loss BUT gain the 4 sportsmanship award points. This will hopefully be useful to prevent forfeits on game day.
ALL AUTOMATIC LOSSES NEED TO BE SUBMITTED 24 HOURS BEFORE GAME TIME
Timeline for when to put in a request by 72 Hours before the scheduled game
5. PARTICIPATION GUIDELINES
A MALE participant may play on ONE Division 1 or Division 2 or Division 3 team and ONE Co-ed team. A FEMALE participant may play on ONE Division 1, Division 2 team, Division 3, or Women’s team, and ONE Co-ed team. If a participant is found to be playing on two different Division 1/2/3 teams, two different Co-ed teams, or two different Women’s teams, they will be considered an ineligible player and the teams he/she played for will forfeit those games that they participated in and they will be ineligible for playoffs.
PARTICIPATION IN THE PLAYOFFS
A participant must be on the team’s roster and play in at least ONE game with that team during the regular season to be eligible to play for that team in the playoffs. If a participant signs in for a game(s) that results in a forfeit for either team, it will count towards participation. So always remember to sign in. It is your responsibility.
A participant who is determined too unruly (i.e. harassing officials, harassing members of opposing teams, etc.) by the Intramural Supervisors or Officials will be banned from playing for a period of time (depending on the offense). He/she will be contacted by the IM office and must meet with the Student Director(s) and/or the Coordinator of Intramurals to discuss the incident and determine the length of the ban prior to being reinstated as an eligible participant. If the participant continues to play during the ban, the team that he/she is playing with will be removed from the league and/or the playoffs.
6. PLAY STRUCTURE
Every League Time Slot will have five weeks of regular season play and a single elimination tournament to determine the winner of that League. Seeding for the tournament will be determined by record during the regular season, head to head competition, and if necessary, points allowed. The winner(s) of each division’s playoff bracket will receive Stanford Intramural Champion T-Shirts!
7. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
League Sports vs. Single/Double Elimination Sports
Stanford Intramurals offers two types of competition: League Sports and Single/Double Elimination Sports.
League play is round-robin style where a team plays every other team in their league over a five week period. For example, if your team signs up for the Sunday 11AM league, you will play every Sunday at 11AM against the other teams in your league for the next five weeks. At the end of the regular season, a single elimination tournament will be held to determine the Division champion. Post season/tournament play usually last from one to two weeks. Typically, the top two or three teams per league plus some wildcards will be admitted into the single elimination tournament; however, this is subject to change due to field space and weather conditions.
SINGLE/DOUBLE ELIMINATION BRACKET SPORTS
Single/Double Elimination Bracket Sports are played as a pair or an individual. In Bracket Event play, the Intramural Office will set up a bracket and contact you via e-mail with information on what team/individual you are scheduled to play and by what date. It is the HOME team’s responsibility to contact the AWAY team, choose a place to play, and report the scores online. Participants can follow the bracket online to see who their next opponents are. Top
8. DIVISION DESCRIPTIONS
Division Types for League Sports
Stanford Intramurals provides four different Divisions for players of all abilities. These Divisions are as follows:
Division 1 (Competitive): As the most competitive league, players who play in Division 1 are typically skilled in their sport. Any number of males or females can play on teams in this division. It is referred to as OPEN.
Division 2 (Recreational): Division 2 is generally for players who are good at their sport but don’t quite feel ready for Division 1; it is, by far, our most popular division. Any number of males or females can play in this division. It is referred to as OPEN.
Division 3: Division 3 is offered for 5v5 Basketball only at this time. It is for players who consider themselves “Rookies” and those that want to engage in more traditional recreational style play with their dorms and friends, as apposed to skilled/competitive play. However, and of course, Champion T Shirts will still be awarded. Any number of males or females can play in this division. It is referred to as OPEN.
Co-ed: Teams in the Co-ed Division must have half of their players male and half female. They must adhere to the Co-ed rules of their sport. Co-ed rules for each particular sport can be found by clicking on the rules of the particular sport in question. Top
No Metal Cleats, baseball style spikes, or cleats with metal exposed are permitted any in any Intramural contest or sport. The Intramural Sports Staff will ask the offending individual to remove the shoes the first time. However, any subsequent time, the individual will be ejected from the intramural contest.
With the exception of sand volleyball, shoes must be worn at all times when participating in any intramural contest. No bare feet, flip flops, sandals or any form of open-toed shoes are permitted.
Leg and knee braces made of hard, unyielding material must be covered on both sides and all edges with appropriate slow-recovery padding. Jewelry is NOT allowed to be worn by any participant during an intramural contest. This includes, any visible rings (including wedding bands), watches, necklaces (including hemp necklaces), earrings, studs, bracelets, and any other such similar jewelry.
Medical alert bracelets are permitted. Top
Please bring your own footballs, basketballs, softballs, soccer balls, volleyballs, ultimate discs, etc to warm up with. The Intramural Sports Staff will provide game balls, as funding for equipment allows, but no equipment will be distributed for warm up purposes.
Depending on the sport, it is suggested that each team wear matching, colored jerseys for each intramural contest. It is suggested that your team bring a colored shirt as well as all black/white shirts in case the opposing team has shirts of the same color. Top
In the case of injury, notify a Supervisor immediately! For your benefit, Supervisors are required to fill out an injury report for every incident, please cooperate.
12. GAME CANCELLATIONS AND INCLEMENT WEATHER
The Stanford University Intramural Sports staff reserves the right to postpone or reschedule any intramural contest if circumstances warrant such action. Contests postponed due to inclement weather, or other reasons, may not, at times, be rescheduled due to limited field space or field conditions.
In the case of inclement weather, the Intramural Sports staff will make a decision regarding the playing of games as soon as possible. Participants may check the IM home Page for daily updates regarding cancellation information.
In the event of inclement weather after the Intramural Sports Office closes for the evening, at 4:30 p.m., decisions regarding the continuation of the intramural contests will be made on the field by the Intramural Supervisors on duty.
13. GAME RESCHEDULING
Game reschedules need to be done by the timeline listed above. Please note that game reschedules will turn into automatic losses if a field or court cannot be designated for a reschedule.
14. GAME PROTESTS
Protests can be filed only to dispute player eligibility and may only be filled out in the Intramural Sports office and before 12PM, the day after the intramural contest in dispute.