Getting Involved in Intramural Sports
Navigating our various procedures and timelines to get yourself or your team involved in Intramural Sports can be tricky. Here we lay out the fine print for our levels of competition, registration process, wait list procedure, league and tournament structure, captains responsibilities, playoff qualification.
Please review and adhere to the following guidelines for levels of competition, season format, team & individual registration, late registration, wait lists, cancellation of team registration, team captain's requirements, team captain's responsibilities and playoff structure.
Levels of Competition
A. Team Sports: Men's Leagues
Division I: Where the talent is. D-I is for our advanced skill level teams. These leagues and tournaments are highly competitive. Teams advance to the All-Campus Championship Playoffs, meeting the Fraternity League champion in the All-Campus Championship final.
Division II: Some talent, but not all star athletes make up the team rosters. D-II is for our intermediate skill level teams with a range of very talented and moderately talented players. Leagues and tournaments remain very competitive. Teams advance to a separate playoff tournament.
Division III: For teams with a mix of a few skilled players and some scrubs. Teams are more interested in playing the game and perhaps winning a few than challenging for an all-campus title. Teams advance to a separate playoff tournament.
Rec Division : No scholarships, not much talent. For teams interested in having a good time and not interested (so much) in actually winning. Teams participate in a separate postseason event.
The IM Sports staff reserves the right to promote or demote teams among divisions as necessary to enhance the competitiveness of the division and/or the enjoyment of the other teams in the division.
B. Team Sports: Co-Rec Leagues, Open League
Co-Rec leagues feature teams with a specific combination of male and female players as described in the rules for the sport.
Open league teams can use any combination of male and female players with no restriction on the minimum number of either gender required.
Division I: Designed for our talented, experienced teams. These leagues and tournaments are typically highly competitive. Teams advance to the All-Campus Championship playoffs.
Division II: Some stars, some scrubs. D-II is for our intermediate skill level teams with a range of talented and less talented players. Leagues and tournaments remain competitive. Teams advance to a separate playoff tournament.
Division III: Designed for our new teams and those who are more interested in playing the game, and perhaps winning a few, than challenging for the all-campus title. Leagues and tournaments typically are more recreational than competitive. Teams advance to a separate playoff tournament.
C. Team Sports: Fraternity Leagues, Sorority League, Women's League
Fraternity (IFC) League: For fraternities officially recognized by IFC and the Office of Greek Life. Qualification is determined through IFC/Greek Life guidelines and finalized for each semester on the first day of the respective term. Teams advance to separate fraternity playoffs, then meet the men's D-I champion in the All-Campus Championship Final.
Fraternity Garnet & Fraternity Gold Divisions: If designated by IFC/Greek Life, 12 teams may be designed as Garnet Division teams and the remaining organizations as Gold Division teams. Divisions compete in separate time periods and playoff brackets in full-season sports with bracket winners meeting for the Fraternity League championship.
NPHC / MGC League: For organizations officially recognized by NPHC, MGC, and the Office of Greek Life. Qualification is determined through these councils and Greek Life and finalized for each academic year on the first day of the fall semester. Teams compete in separate time periods and/or playoff brackets in council selected sports, then combine with other existing Fraternity League playoff brackets for championship rounds.
Sorority League: For sororities officially recognized by the Panhellenic Council and the Office of Greek Life. Teams advance to separate playoffs, meeting the Women's League champion in the All-Campus Championship final.
Should any Greek council fail to provide a list of organizations approved for participation in Greek Life affiliated leagues by the required deadline, the Intramural Sports Office will create a single division in each league comprised of all organizations that are properly registered with the Office of Greek Life for the affected term (semester or academic year).
Women’s (Independent) - For ladies only; teams advance to the All-Campus Championship Playoffs, meeting the Sorority League champion in the All-Campus Championship final.
D. Individual/Dual Sports & Special Events
Advanced - These leagues and tournaments are highly competitive; teams advance to the All-Campus Championship Playoffs, meeting the Fraternity League champion in the All-Campus Championship Final.
Intermediate - These leagues and tournaments are slightly less competitive; teams advance to separate playoffs.
Beginner - These leagues and tournaments are designed for entry-level participants with little or no experience in the sport; teams advance to separate playoffs.
The Intramural Sports staff determines the season format for all offerings based on sport popularity, playing format, time and facility constraints, and other factors.
A. Full-Season Sports
Full season sports consist of a 4 to 5-game regular season (over a 4 to 6-week period) followed by a single-elimination playoff tournament.
B. Mini-Season Sports
Mini season sports consist of a 2 to 4-game regular season (over a 2 to 3-week period) followed by a single-elimination playoff tournament.
C. Special Events
Special events are slated for specific dates and are typically single day or weekend events.
League & Division Availability
The Intramural Sports staff reviews historical data and current trends to determine the selection of leagues and divisions for each sport offered throughout the year. Day and time periods are assigned to provide a diversity of options for participants while working within time, facility, and budgetary constraints.
A. Modifications During Registration Period
Following the opening of the registration period for a sport, additions or modifications to available leagues, divisions, day, and time periods offered may be made during the registration period in response to observed demand.
B. Modifications Following the Conclusion of the Registration Period
At the conclusion of the registration period, additional leagues, divisions, day, and time periods may be added to accommodate wait list teams . Unfilled leagues may be closed with registered teams offered spaces in other existing leagues. Any modifications after the conclusion of the registration period are at the discretion of the Intramural Sports staff with regard to logistical factors or other concerns.
League & Event Registration
Intramural sports league and tournament registration information is released approximately two months prior to each semester. Such information is available to interested parties in the Intramural Sports Office and online at the FSU Campus Recreation web site. Registration periods are subject to change; participants are encouraged to check in the Intramural Sports Office or online at the FSU Campus Recreation web site for updates.
A. Registration Periods
Entries for all sports are accepted during the assigned registration periods on a space-available basis. Registrations after the assigned registration period ends (late registrations) may or may not be accepted and are not guaranteed placement into a league or tournament.
B. Team Entries
Registration for most team sports occurs online via the intramural sports web site beginning at 12 Noon on the first day of the registration period as noted on the intramural sports planner. The start time is subject to change and will be clearly noted on the intramural sports planner and online in association with the registration application. The end of the registration period is noted online in association with the registration application. Online registration requires the team captain to have an established login and password for our registration and schedule portal on Team Sideline (available free to all students, faculty, and staff). To enter, a team captain or team representative should select a game day and time for their team from the available game days and times as listed online. FSU Intramural Sports uses instant scheduling for its team sports in which a team will play one game per week on the day and at the time for which the team has registered throughout the regular season. To select a spot in a league, a team captain must supply a team name, captain's name, daytime phone number, and valid email address. To hold the team's registered position in a league, the team captain must successfully complete the online captains exam by the established deadline. The deadline is provided at the time of registration and is typically also listed on the intramural sports planner.
For those sports without online registration available, registration will occur in the Intramural Sports Office, 1035 Tully Gym, beginning at 12 Noon on the first day of the registration period as noted on the intramural sports planner.
C. Modifications to Team Entries
Teams wishing to modify their registration during the registration window for a new league, division, day, or time shall contact the Intramural Sports administrative staff in-person in the Intramural Sports Office for instant processing or via email to request a change. Note that space must be available at the time of processing for a modification to be made (email requests may not be processed immediately, therefore a previously open league may be full when the request is reviewed).
D. Wait List
Once the allotted league space is full, teams may sign-up on a sport's waiting list. Waiting list teams will be placed into a league when teams are dropped due to failure to complete the captains requirements or when a team is dropped from competition following an unexcused regular season forfeit.
E. Greek Organizations
Fraternity and sorority teams are required to register during the available registration periods for all sports. Designated Greek leagues are available in select sports. A team captain must complete the team captain requirements for the sport to hold the team's registered position in a league.
F. Individual Entries
Online registration is utilized for participants to enter individual/dual sports, certain special events, and select team sports as noted on the intramural sports planner. To enter, individuals should complete the online registration form with the information required. Information includes participant name, partner's name (when appropriate), team name (when appropriate), daytime phone number, email address, division, level of competition, and playing day and time preferences (when possible).
G. Fee-Based Sports
For those sports in which a fee is required, registration will take place in the Intramural Sports Office, 1035 Tully Gym, beginning at 12 Noon on the first day of the registration period and ending at 5:00 pm on the last day of the registration period as noted on the intramural sports planner. Payment is required at the time of registration and is accepted at the Leach Center front desk. Proof of payment (receipt) is required to complete a team's registration in the Intramural Sports Office.
H. Team Placement into League
Teams that register for a specific league, division, day, and/or time during a sport's registration window and properly complete the captains requirements by the established deadline will be placed into their requested league, division, day, and/or time for regular season play. When a previously offered league or division is cancelled by the Intramural Sports Office, affected teams will be offered placement in other available leagues or divisions prior to placement of any wait list or late registration teams.
I. In-Season Changes
Once a team has been scheduled into specific league, division, day and/or time for regular season play, no modifications will be made. Should openings arise due to in-season forfeits or cancellations, such openings will be filled with other games (including doubleheaders) by teams already in the specific league or division. Teams may change divisions only between the regular season and postseason as outlined in the Playoff Structure section of the Involvement principle.
Teams that miss the registration period or are dropped due to failure to complete the captains requirements may be admitted following the official registration period on a space-available basis in select sports.
B. Time and Location
Late registration begins at 10:00 am on the day after the Captains Exam Deadline and closes on the Friday of the first week of the regular season at 3:00 pm. Late registrations are processed in-person in the Intramural Sports Office, located in 1035 Tully Gym, next door to the Leach Center during normal business hours or online via the Intramural Sports web site. Note that registration via the web site may received a delayed response.
Late registrants must complete the captains requirements for the sport including a test of IM guidelines & procedures and sport rules. Teams are ordered based on the day and time they successfully complete the test and have properly completed the in-person or online form.
D. Placement into League
The placement of late registration teams into a league or event follows the wait list placement process as outlined in the Involvement principle, Wait List section.
Teams are placed on a sport's wait list when their requested league, day, and/or time is full or if they wish to register for a sport after the registration period has ended.
A. Preregistered Wait List Team Captains Requirements
Wait list team captains who have properly registered during the sport's established registration period must complete the preseason captains requirements. The team captain (or a team representative) must also attend the Wait List Team Placement Session. A captain that fails to complete any of these requirements will have his/her team dropped from the wait list and must reregister during the late registration period for further consideration.
B. Late Registration Wait List Team Captains Requirements
Wait list team captains must complete the late registration captains requirements (complete the online quiz). A captain that fails to complete these requirements will cause his/her team to be ineligible to be placed into a league.
C. Wait List Priority Order
During the preregistration period, teams are ordered on the wait list based on the time at which they register. During the late registration period, teams are added on the wait list based on the time they complete all captains requirements. Wait list teams will be contacted regarding open positions in leagues based on this order.
D. Team Sport Wait List Team Placement Session Procedure
During the Wait List Team Placement Session, eligible wait list team captains present are provided with the opportunity to select from available openings in the league schedule. Following the wait list priority order, each wait list team's captain shall select an opening in which his/her team wishes to compete in the league. Wait list team captains (or a representative) must be present during this session to make a selection. Once all available openings are filled, wait list teams present at the meeting who did not select an opening will remain on the waiting list in the previously established order. Wait list teams that complete the other preseason captains requirements but fail to attend the wait list session will be dropped from the wait list and must reregister during the late registration period for further consideration.
E. Team Sport Post-Placement Session Options / Late Registration Team Options
Wait list teams not placed in a league during the Wait List Team Placement Session will be contacted to be placed into leagues as teams forfeit games/matches during the first 2 weeks of regular season play. Leagues will close at the end of the second week of regular season play. Wait list teams not contacted by this time will not be placed into a league. Players should attempt to join other teams already in the league.
F. Individual/Dual Sports & Team Sports with Tournament Play
For individual sports and team sports with tournament play, wait list teams will be placed into the tournament bracket if a registered team drops out of the tournament prior to its first match or game. Wait list teams may also arrive at the game site and participate in the tournament in place of a team that does not show for its first match. In the event that multiple teams are waiting at the game site for an opening, the team ranked higher on the wait list will have priority. Once a team has participated in a tournament, they may not be replaced if they fail to show for a future contest.
Cancellation of Team Registration
A. How to Cancel a Team Registration
A team shall indicate its desire to cancel its registration for an intramural sport through written documentation submitted to the Intramural Sports Office in 1035 Tully Gym or via email from the Intramural Sports web site. No fees apply when a team cancels its registration by the assigned deadline.
B. Teams Preregistered in Time-Designated League
A team that signs up in a day and time designated league during the sport’s registration period shall have until the established deadline to complete the online captains exam to cancel its registration. Failure to successfully complete the online captains exam by the established deadline results in automatic cancellation of a team’s registration without penalty. Successful completion of the online captains exam is confirmation of the registration. A team that successfully completes the exam must cancel its registration by the established deadline (date and time) to complete the online captains exam to avoid penalty.
C. Teams Placed During a Sport's Wait List Session
A team that signs up on the wait list during the sport’s registration period and thereafter selects a playing day and time during the sport’s wait list session shall have until 12 Noon on the day following the wait list selection session to cancel the selection/registration without penalty.
D. Teams Placed Following the Wait List Session
A team that is contacted and confirms placement into a league after the captains meeting and wait list session shall not have a grace period for cancellation once they have confirmed placement into a particular league.
E. Opting Out of Postseason Tournament Play
A team may opt out of participating in a sport's playoff tournament by indicating its intention to drop out of the league through written documentation submitted to the Intramural Sports Office in 1035 Tully Gym or via email from the Intramural Sports web site. The team must opt out by the designated start time of the sport's playoff draw meetings. For a sport without a playoff draw meeting, the team must opt out by prior to the start of the final scheduled week of regular season games. A team opting out of postseason play may still be assessed a forfeit fee for failure to participate in any remaining regular season contests. A team that properly drops out of the sport at the conclusion of the regular season shall not be subject to the cancellation fine.
F. Failure to Cancel Registration
A team that fails to cancel its registration as outlined in sections A through E shall be subject to the assessment of the late cancellation fine should it not participate as scheduled.
G. Late Cancellation Fine
A registration cancellation fine is assessed to a team that cancels its registration following the established deadline for registration cancellation. The cancellation fine applies only to teams registered for non-fee based sports in which officials are assigned to officiate the contest or when 3 or more people comprise the standard number of players to participate for a team. For sports with 5 or more players comprising the standard number of players to participate for a team in the sport, the fine is $20. For teams of 4 or less players, the fine is $10.
For sports without a captains exam, the fine is assessed to the captain under which the team was originally registered, unless changed through written documentation. For sports with an online captains exam, the fine is assessed to the team representative who completes the online exam.
The fine will be assessed under the captain's name in the department's billing system. Fines may be paid at the Leach Center or Fitness & Movement Clinic front desks. Within the final month each semester, any new fines and unpaid fines in the departmental billing system will be assessed to the captain's university account via FSU Student Financial Services. These fines are payable through the University Cashier's Office located in 1500 University Center A. Failure to pay the forfeit fine can result in a hold on a student's class registration or reception of a graduate's diploma until properly paid.
H. Late Cancellation Fine Appeal Process
The team captain must appeal the cancellation fine at the time he/she cancels the team registration. A written appeal is required and shall be submitted to the Director of Intramural Sports in 1035 Tully Gym or via email from the Intramural Sports web site. Evidence shall be provided at the request of the Director.
A. Registered Teams
Each registered team must have its team captain or alternate captain complete the preseason requirements for each sport in which they wish to participate in order for the team to be eligible to participate in the respective sport's league or tournament.
B. Fulfillment of the Preseason Captains Requirements
To fulfill the preseason requirements, the team captain shall review online materials (video presentations, rules summaries, guidelines information) and complete the sport's online rules and principles exam. The online captains exam must be completed and a designated score attained by a specified day and time, noted during the registration confirmation process, on the Intramural Sports Planner, online on the Intramural Sports web site, and with the online exam instructions.
C. Failure to Complete Requirements
Registered teams that fail to complete the online captains exam will be dropped from the league at the exam deadline. Teams which remain interested in participating must reregister by completing the late registration process. Teams competing in annual points competitions coordinated by the Intramural Sports Office are subject to a point-penalty for failure to complete the online captains exam if and when their team is later placed into a league from the waiting list.
D. Late Registration Teams
Teams that register after the registration deadline shall complete the following requirements for their respective sport to be added to the league (or the waiting list) for the respective sport.
(1) Complete the late registration team captain exam.
Late registration teams are ordered for placement into the league (or for addition to the wait list) based on the date and time that the entire registration and captain's requirement process is completed.
Team Captain's Responsibilities
Each IM team shall appoint a team captain to represent the group in its interactions with the Campus Recreation and Intramural Sports administrative staff. The team captain is responsible for informing his/her team, its participants and associates, of the applicable guidelines and procedures governing Intramural Sports and the rules specific to the sport in which the team is participating. Campus Recreation and Intramural Sports utilizes the team captain to communicate official business including rule and principle violations and sportsmanship-related issues. It is the responsibility of the team captain to communicate such information in a timely manner to the team's participants and associates.
The team captain is responsible for ensuring that the required number of players are available and ready to participate for each of the team's scheduled contests or for notifying the Intramural Sports Office of any related issues by the appropriate deadline. The team captain is financially responsible for any fines assessed for cancellation a team registration after the established deadline or forfeits that occur during the team's scheduled participation in league or tournament play. Detailed information on the fines can be found within the Seven Principles of Intramural Sports on the Intramural Sports web site.
Organizations or groups may designate an IM chairperson to represent the group in its interactions with the Campus Recreation and Intramural Sports administrative staff. In such instances, the department and program administrative staff will use the chairperson as the primary contact to communicate any policy, procedure, or bylaw concerns or violations, sportsmanship issues, and other official business. It is the responsibility of the chairperson to communicate such information in a timely manner to the organization's membership, team's participants, and associates. The team captain for an affected sport will then serve as a secondary contact.