The State of Intramural Sports: 2023 Program Survey

To better understand current common administrative practices and program operational structures for Intramural Sports across NIRSA, a nationwide survey was conducted in June 2023 with questions related to sports offered, registration processes, pay-to-play vs free offerings, league structures, staff training, and other operational or structural components of an IM program.

The goal of this project is to allow Intramural Sports program administrators to see how their program aligns with common practices in our field and to help identify new ways of operating that may enhance participation and engagement on their campus. Similar surveys were conducted approximately ten years ago, which will also allow us to better see how our field has evolved in the past decade.

Survey responses were presented during the State of Intramural Sports educational session at the 2023 NIRSA Intramural & Club Sports Institute in July 2023, the State of Intramural Sports webinar in August 2023, and for Region 2 at the 2023 NIRSA Region 2 Conference in October 2023.

State of Intramural Sports Webinar

David Peters, Senior Associate Director of Campus Recreation, presented an overview of the survey findings on Thursday, August 3rd. Click to view a recording of the session.

Questions of This Year’s Data or for Future Study

Have a question you would like to see part of a future State of Intramural Sports survey? Or, looking for a specific data point from this year’s results? Use the link below to share your questions and inquiries.

Pending Questions Answers to Be Posted When Analyzed
(1) Is there a correlation between schools that are challenged with facility space and a decision to offer sports that require more players (such as 6v6 sand volleyball rather than 4v4, because the that’s more players playing at the same time in the limited space)?

Previous IM Program Survey Results

Similar surveys regarding Intramural Sports program administration and operational structures were conducted in 2014 and 2009. Please see below for PDF summaries of the data from those surveys.