Policies & Procedures
The intramural program shares in the educational mission of the university by offering opportunities to experience personal growth, social development, improve physical and mental health, and to develop lifetime leisure skills for a healthier lifestyle.
- Create and enhance programs in recreation, sports, and fitness activities that release stress, increase productivity and promote healthy social interaction.
- Provide diverse activities (open and organized) that allow students, staff and faculty an opportunity to expand recreational interests
- Create value through excellence in development and management of recreation, sports and fitness resources.
- To provide a positive environment that will foster group spirit, enthusiasm and loyalty.
- To promote the development of sportsmanship, leadership and fellowship.
- To provide opportunities for individuals to experience new leisure activities.
- To provide opportunities for the individual to improve his or her skills in team and individual activities.
Health & Safety
Each individual participating assumes responsibility for his or her health. It is recommended that a person who has not had a physical exam with-in the past year be examined by a physician prior to participating. Each participant should be adequately protected by health and accident insurance.
Intramurals are provided for the enjoyment of the university community with health and safety a major concern. Each person should be familiar with the program, policies, regulations and rules.
- The WCU Intramural Department is committed to preserving the sportsmanship and good spirit of every contest. In keeping with this commitment, the TBA Sportsmanship Award will be given to each male and female team who has consistently displayed good sportsmanship throughout the year.
- The sportsmanship rating system is intended to be an objective scale by which each team's attitude and behavior can be assessed throughout the intramural sports leagues and playoff seasons. Behavior before, during and after an intramural sport contest is included in the rating. The team manager is responsible for educating and informing all players and spectators affiliated about the system. To encourage acceptable conduct, before, during and after intramural sport contests, officials, scorekeepers and/or supervisors shall make decisions whether to warn, penalize or eject persons and/or teams for poor sportsmanship. Team ratings are: acceptable,unacceptable and season ending.
- A player ejected from a game for any reason results in at least a one game suspension. Fighting and other acts of misconduct may result in more than a one game suspension. Penalties are at the discretion of the Program Manager.
- Any player addressing an official in an unsportsmanlike and discourteous manner disqualifies themselves immediately for the remainder of the game and the next game. Baiting and abusing the umpires will not be tolerated under any circumstances. Please remember, the officials are themselves students in a difficult position doing a thankless job.
All AUM students, faculty, and staff are eligible to compete in Intramural competition with the following exceptions:
- Undergraduate students must carry a minimum of three semester hours and graduate students a minimum of two semester hours. Those involved in their internship, coping or student teaching will be eligible to participate.
- Winners of a AUM varsity sports award or any other four year college or university award shall be ineligible for that sport in which he/she won the award (related sports- baseball and softball, etc.) A varsity award winner may play after eight years have elapsed. Coaches may not participate in the sports they coach unless they are a full- time (12 hrs) student.
- Any candidate for a varsity, freshman, or reserve squad who is practicing formally with the team is not eligible to participate in like sport. Any candidate who remains on the team past the first game is not eligible for that year. This includes red shirts and transfers.
a. Ringer Rule will apply to specific co-ed activities. These co-ed activities include Soccer and softball. One varsity lettered athlete may participate per team.
b. Ringer Rule will apply to all Intramural team sports which require a maximum of seven or more participants. One varsity lettered athlete may participate per team who no longer is a varsity team member for at least one year. Intramural team sports utilizing this rule are softball and outdoor soccer. Individual sport activities are regulated by eligibility rules.
- A student barred from varsity athletics because they were paid as a professional athlete shall be barred from that sport or similar sport.
- Any listing of a participant by using a false name will result in disqualification of the participant along with the team captain or team manager responsible for the action.
- A team shall forfeit all contests and points earned in each game which it uses an ineligible player. The listing of an ineligible participant or player on a team's roster or score sheet constitutes an ineligible player. Negligence is inexcusable!
- In order for a player to be eligible for playoffs, they must be listed on the roster by the end of the regular season.
- Players may play with only one team for each activity. Once a name appears on a particular roster that person cannot play for anyone else for any reason. The first line-up of the season constitutes the roster for a team.
- Sorority and fraternity participants must be an active member, pledge, or associate of the AUM chapter of the Greek organization. Active members, pledges and associates who have gone through the formal new member ceremony must be listed in the Greek Life Office. Alumni members of the Greek organization are also ineligible for participation. Exceptions are dues paying graduate students or undergraduate students who are student teaching, doing internships or coping.
- Faculty and staff may play on any team except a Fraternity or Sorority Team.
- Husbands or wives of faculty and staff may participate for a fee of $10.00 per semester paid to the Program Manager. Husbands or wives of students may participate for a fee of $5.00 per semester.
Forfeits may occur by:
- Allowing an ineligible player to participate. The team loses all games in which that person participates and that person is barred from that activity.
- Participants not appearing on the field or court ready to play at their scheduled time for the contest. Game time is forfeit time.
- Continued unsportsmanlike conduct or unnecessary roughness may result in a forfeiture of the contest. Referees or supervisors have the authority to forfeit games.
- A team without a full compliment of players to begin a contest as determined by the Intramural rules for that activity. Each player's name should be listed in full on the score sheet prior to the start of the game. Teams may not add any new players to their roster once playoffs begin.
Consequence of Forfeits:
- In the event that a team forfeits, that team will be dropped from further competition in that sport and will lose all participation points. Also, all team members will be ineligible to participate for any other team in that sport. If a team wishes to continue their season they must inform the Intramural Department by 12:00pm the following day that they wish to continue to play. The Intramural Office reserves the right to determine whether or not to reinstate the team. If the team does not ask to be reinstated then they will be dropped and other games will be rescheduled in that time slot.
- Teams that forfeit twice will be dropped from further competition.
It is the strong belief of this department that contests should be won or lost on the field of play, not through the technicalities of rules.
Types of Protests:
a) Judgment Decisions: Players or managers may not protest official’s judgment calls. Attempted protest(s) lodged on judgment may be penalized by assessing a time-out to the protesting team.
b) Player Eligibility: Protest may be made at any time by the Intramural Staff or any participant. Any team or individual protesting the eligibility of a player must furnish proof that the player is ineligible. In case of an obvious violation of eligibility rules, a protest may be granted. To ensure honest sport competition, protests of alleged eligibility violations should be made prior to games to the supervisor rather than waiting to determine the outcome of the contest.
c) Rule Interpretation: A coach, manager, or captain may lodge a protest on an official’s or scorekeeper’s rule interpretation, but must do so at the time of the incident. If a protest is going to be lodged, a coach, manager, or captain must first call a time-out and then say “I PROTEST” and, when necessary, complete the proper paperwork.
- Procedure for Protesting:
Protest must be made on the field of play at the time of the incident before the next live ball situation. The team should first notify the head official, the scorekeeper, and then the supervisor. When possible, the Intramural Supervisor(s) with consultation of officials will try to resolve the protest immediately. The protest should be written down completely upon the score sheet with all the details concerning the time of the game, score, players involved, etc. The rest of the game should be played. Also, the team should turn in a typewritten protest within 24 hours of the game to the Intramural Office completely explaining the situation. Protest not following this procedure will not be considered.
Exception: Any discovery on listing of participant using a false name will result in immediate forfeit of game.
- The Program Manager of Intramurals will check out the officials’ stories and rule on the protest. If the team losing the protest disagrees with the Program Manager’s decision they may appeal formally by submitting a $15.00 protest fee within 24 hours of notification. The protest will then go before a committee of five people composed of faculty or students who will make the final decision. If the protest goes against the team, they lose the money; if good, the money is returned. The committee’s decision is final.
- If a protest is upheld, the contest will be replayed from the point at which the protest occurred, as determined by the score sheet. Date and time will be set by the Intramurals Department, or as determined by the Intramural Protest Appeals Board.
- The Intramural Department does not assume the responsibility for checking on the eligibility of participants. However, any cases called to the department’s attention by written protest will be dealt with according to eligibility rules.
The Program Manager shall have the authority to establish special rulings whenever deemed necessary. Sometimes exceptional situations do occur. The option to appeal a protest is still in effect.
Team Managers are responsible for controlling the actions of their players and their fans. Teams interested in progressing to the playoff tournament must have an acceptable rating. Once in the playoffs teams must maintain an acceptable rating or risk being disqualified. Any team that receives an unacceptable rating will not be eligible for further competition until they meet with the Program Manager of Intramural Sports.
Team Guidelines - Every team is responsible for the conduct of its players and followers. Any conduct judged as detrimental to the participants, program, or any particular contest, may result in loss of the contest, suspension of the individual players, suspension of the entire team, or other appropriate action.Failure to comply with requests from the Intramural Staff will result in a forfeited contest.
Due Process - Any participant, team, or organization suspended from Intramural activities due to violations of Intramural Guidelines or sport rules will have the opportunity to participate in due process to insure protection of rights. The Program Manager of Intramural Sports will hear information from all involved parties and make an appropriate decision. Any appeal that is made regarding the Program Manager‘s decisions shall be made with the Department Head of Physical Education.
Acts Relevant to Fighting - The Intramural Department and Auburn University Montgomery will not condone fighting or any actions that may encourage violence. Such acts include, but are limited to, taunting, trash talking, verbal and physical harassment, fighting or attempting to fight.
- Any individual that is involved in a fight will be subject to an automatic ejection from the game and could result in team suspension. Individuals involved will be ineligible to compete in any further intramural activities and must make an appointment to meet with the Program Manager of Intramural Sports.
- Any bench personnel including spectators that enter the field/court during a fight or potential conflict will receive an automatic ejection from the program. These individuals will follow the same guidelines as stated above.
The Intramural Sports Program has policies and procedures for handling fighting and harassment as stated above; however, Campus Police may be called to assist if necessary.
Spirit of Competition - Modern team sport activities find their origin in the basic human need for play. Winning and losing are mere outcomes of this play spirit. Abusive language, poor attitude, and manipulation of the rules to further winning are not" just part of the game." What is part of the game is the simple satisfaction of playing and the interdependence of teamwork, improving fitness, and enhancing friendships. Without your opponent, you have no game, no contest, and absolutely no fun. You are indebted to them as they are to you. In a fundamental way, then, competing against an opponent is based on cooperation. Upholding high standards of integrity and fair play acknowledges this idea of cooperative competition. An intentional violation of the rules, no matter how small, is considered cheating and a direct offense against these principles. One of the goals of Auburn University Montgomery Intramural Sports Program is to promote lifetime skills through the venue of sports that offers meaning beyond that of a win or a loss, the memory of which fades quickly. All players are expected to play within the context of Auburn University Montgomery Intramural Sports Program's Spirit of Competition.
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 each team’s attitude and behavior can be assessed throughout the intramural league and playoff seasons. Behavior before, during, and after an intramural sport contest is included in the rating. The team manager is responsible for educating and informing all players and spectators affiliated with his/her team about the system. To encourage acceptable conduct before, during, and after intramural contests, officials and/or supervisors shall make decisions whether to warn, penalize, or eject persons and/or teams for poor sportsmanship.
Team Ratings: Acceptable, Unacceptable, Season Ending
A team is responsible for the actions of the individual team members and their spectators. The team manager's efforts in assisting officials/staff to calm difficult situations and to restrain troubled teammates are the key to controlling team conduct. Intramural sports officials and/or supervisors shall determine acceptable and unacceptable team ratings. Appeals for unacceptable ratings are not accepted. The Program Manager of Intramural Sports will determine season ending ratings. The Intramural Sports Program staff also reserves the right to review any rating given to a team.
- Team members cooperate with and demonstrate good sportsmanship toward members of both teams, spectators, and all intramural officials and staff.
- Team captain exhibits control over his/her team and spectators, converses reasonably and rationally with officials about rule interpretations/calls, and cooperate by providing any information requested by any intramural sports official/staff.
- Team members 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 Intramural Sports facilities and equipment.
- Any player that is ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct.
- Multiple technical fouls for unsportsmanlike conduct and/or multiple unsportsmanlike penalties given.
- Participants/spectators who continually complain about officials' decisions and display dissension. Complaints include both verbal and non-verbal behavior. Excessive arguing between opposing teams/spectators may also lead to an unacceptable rating.
- Team captain (spokesperson) exhibited little control with players and spectators; conversed in a dissenting manner with officials about rule interpretations/calls. Team captain did not cooperate in providing information requested by any intramural sports official/staff.
- Team members did not meet eligibility requirements for participation in the Auburn University Montgomery Intramural Sports Program.
- Team members played with participants who are currently suspended from participating in intramural sports (i.e., on the Outstanding Ejection List) or the Intramural Sports Program.
- Public indecency, vulgarity, or obscenity.
- Individuals/teams played after the consumption of alcohol/drugs. If the contest has begun when discovered, the player(s) will be immediately removed from the facility, and the contest will be forfeited to the opponent.
- Physical abuse by participants(s)/spectator(s) in the form of fighting and/or wrestling with an opponent and/or teammate which occurred before, during, or after an intramural sports contest.
- Any threatening behavior (verbal and/or non-verbal) to any intramural sports employee, participant, or spectator, which occurred before, during, or after an intramural sports contest.
- Damage to or destruction of any Intramural Sports facilities and/or equipment.
- Any violation of the Auburn University Montgomery Student Code of Conduct.
Consequences for Unacceptable Rating
- Team is suspended until the captain meets with the Program Manager of Intramural Sports. It is the captain's responsibility to call and schedule a meeting with the Program Manager. A team is ineligible for any intramural sport competition in this activity until this meeting occurs.
- Regardless of the length of the season or tournament, twounacceptable ratings will be equivalent to a season ending rating, and the team will automatically be dropped from any further competition.
- Team was uncooperative and out of control before, during or after intramural sports contest.
- Team captain (spokesperson) exhibited poor control over self, the team, and/or the spectators.
- Multiple ejections’ or blatant unsportsmanlike conduct that endangered participants’ fans, officials, or supervisors occurred.
- Any physical contact with any Intramural Sports employee.
- Team failed to cooperate/comply with intramural sports administrative staff/University officials while performing their duties; falsely represented or withheld any information requested.
- A team received a second unacceptable rating in the same sport or activity.
- Teams were unable to continue to play and the game was stopped.
- Teams receiving an unacceptable sportsmanship rating in a weekend tournament are eliminated from further competition regardless of the outcome of the game.
- Only a member of the professional staff can hand down a season ending sportsmanship rating.
- A season ending sportsmanship rating cannot be appealed.
Consequences for a Season Ending Sportsmanship Rating
- Team will be automatically dropped from any further intramural competition.
- Future eligibility in the Intramural Sports Program of all team players will be reviewed.
Individual Player Conduct
If an Intramural Sports participant is ejected from any Intramural Sports contest, he/she is immediately ineligible from further competition in any intramural sports activity until the Program Manager of Intramural Sports clears him/her. Player suspensions are effective after the meeting with the Program Manager of Intramural (i.e., no self-imposed penalties). There are no appeals of ejection/conduct suspensions and decisions. It is the participant's responsibility to schedule an appointment with the Program Manager of Intramural Sports to review his/her behavior and subsequent eligibility in the Intramural Sports Program.
Team players and managers are expected to be cooperative and honest when asked for assistance in identifying teammates who may be involved in incidents. Failure to do so may result in a team and/or individual penalty including game or season forfeiture.
Any participant who commits, incites, or aids others in committing any of the following acts of misconduct shall be subject to disciplinary procedures:
- Player or spectator hits, strikes, or pushes an Intramural Sports employee.
- Hitting or striking another player or spectator.
- Threatening behavior (verbal or physical) before, during, or after a contest toward an Intramural Sports employee (student or professional) player or spectator.
- Verbally abusing an official or any other Intramural Sports employee.
- Action(s) which could potentially cause equipment or facility damage and/or personal injury.
- Failure to cooperate with Intramural Sports staff (i.e., not giving name, not completing forms, etc.) after an ejection.
- Any person using an assumed name, or using a Auburn University Montgomery photo I.D. illegally.
- Illegally playing for more than one team. Each team may be subject to forfeit all games in which the illegal player participated.
- The Program Manager of Intramural Sports will handle personal conduct situations that are not covered by the above rulings in an appropriate manner.
Note:All intramural ejections carry an indefinite suspension until the ejected person has met with the Program Manager of Intramural Sports. In this meeting, an appropriate suspension (minimum of one game) will be handed down. All ejections will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
IM Supervisors’ Authority
The Intramural Supervisors have the authority to rule on any situation not specifically covered in the rules as deemed necessary to ensure the safety and well being of the participants and of the Intramural Sports program. This includes but is not limited to issuing warnings, stopping the game and making weather decisions.
Assumption of Risk & Release Statement
The Intramural Sports Office believes that participation in Intramural sports is a positive, healthy experience that fosters health benefits and provides enjoyment to our participants. The Intramural program shares in the educational mission of the university by offering opportunities to experience interpersonal growth, social development, and to improve physical and mental health for the AUM community. All participants are strongly encouraged to have a yearly medical examination and to carry medical insurance coverage. While we strive to provide safe and well-supervised activities and facilities, there is an inherent potential for physical injury or death in all sport activities.
Injuries and Blood Born Pathogens
Participation in sporting activities may cause injury and exposure to blood borne pathogens. Blood borne pathogens are pathogenic microorganisms that are present in human blood and can cause diseases in humans. These pathogens include, but are not limited to, Hepatitis B virus (HIV) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).
The Intramural Sports program will make every effort to minimize exposure to its employees and participants. Intramural staff are trained and certified to respond to emergency and blood exposure situations. We ask that they be contacted immediately to respond to any injury.
- Participants will not be permitted to participate in Intramural Sports at the University if they do not agree to all of the rules and regulations.
- The University and its staff are not held responsible for any injuries incurred while participating or as a spectator in the Intramural Sports Program.
- Playing without shirts and proper shoes is prohibited. (Exception: beach volleyball).
- All injuries are to be reported to the game officials and sports supervisor. The supervisor with a first aid kit can take care of all minor injuries.
- All major injuries or emergencies will be taken care of immediately by the student supervisor in charge by calling 911. In the meantime, the supervisor will see that the participant is comfortable until help arrives. Medical expenses incurred such as ambulance, doctor bills, and x-rays will be the responsibility of the injured person.
- All injured persons must complete an accident report. This form can be obtained from the student supervisor on site.
Alcohol & Tobacco
Auburn University Montgomery must comply with all laws concerning alcohol and tobacco use on state property. Participants who decide to drink alcohol prior to participating in intramurals are placing themselves and other players at risk, as the combination of alcohol and physical activity of any nature is extremely dangerous. It has been medically proven that alcohol will slow a person’s motor skills. If a player is suspected of participating or attempting to participate while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they will be removed from the contest.
Tobacco (chewing or smoking) is not allowed on the intramural fields or courts. If a person is using one or the other, they will be asked to refrain from using it at that particular site.
Team managers and participants are responsible for checking the Intramural Sports website for their team’s schedule, schedule changes, and sport rules. The website is found at www.aum.edu/intramurals. Team managers and participates should also familiarize themselves with the Intramural Sports Handbook.
The Intramural Program will furnish standard equipment for all activities with the exception of personal items (softball gloves, shin guards, etc.). Participants may check out equipment from the Gym upon presenting proper identification.