There are several ways to be involved in Intramural Sports and Sport Clubs at FSU.
In Intramural Sports, be a Team Captain and form your own team. Or, just be a Team Member when you are asked to join a team. Or, be a Free Agent and look for a team to join. See our tips below to help you get involved.
Looking for even more involvement? Consider joining a Sport Club for competitive, recreational, and instructional opportunities year-round.
Being an intramural team captain means stepping forward as a leader and taking on the responsibilities for getting the team registered properly as well as communicating important IM league information to your teammates. Let us help you navigate the steps so to keep your team captain experience as stress-free as possible!
Know the Important Dates
Knowing the key dates for registration and deadlines for completing captains requirements is the number one priority of a team captain. You will want to get started on the important tasks of being an IM team captain well in advance to ensure that your team is registered properly for our leagues. Getting a late start may get your team left out of the action. Key dates include:
- Team registration period including the exact day and time that online registration begins.
- Deadline to notify the IM office if your team is no longer able to play in order to avoid a fine.
- Season start date and possible play dates.
Registration dates and season start dates are all listed on the Sports Planner, available online and in print from the Intramural Sports Office in 1035 Tully Gym. All dates and times are typically set up to 3 months prior to the start of the season.
Recruit Team Members
As a team captain, you’ll obviously need a team of players to join you for competition. Current FSU students and full-time faculty & staff are eligible to play in our leagues. Non-students and part-time staff are not. There are special restrictions on varsity athletes, sport club members, and other special participant groups. Specific eligibility details are available online in the Seven Principles of Intramural Sports.
Regardless of who is on your team, you will not need to have that information when you register your team. Team members are added to your team’s official roster when they check-in at the game site for the game. No preregistration of team members is required. But, it’s good to have an idea of who will be on your team because once you reach a certain point in the team registration process, it costs money to cancel a registration. That cancellation fine is the responsibility of the team captain.
Intramural Sports recommends that teams have not just the minimum number of players needed to field a team, but a few subs. You never know when a teammate will be unable to make a game. It’s easier to fill that spot if you have already other players ready. For 7-on-7 flag football, 10 to 12 is a healthy number. Rosters are unlimited in size, so you can have as many as you want. But, once a player signs in for your team, he or she cannot switch to another team during that sport’s season.
Choose Your League and Division
As you recruit team members, you’ll want to start narrowing down what competitive level best fits your team’s overall skill level. And, of course, what league you want to play in. Men’s, women’s, and co-rec options are available to all IM participants. Our fraternity and sorority leagues are restricted to organizations properly registered through the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life.
Depending on the sport and league (men’s, women’s, or co-rec), FSU Intramural Sports offers multiple skill level-based divisions for play. At the top for our most talented teams is our Competitive division. At the lower end is our Recreational Division for those more interested in just having some fun. Depending on the sport and number of teams, divisions may be split in half for the playoffs to create fair and balanced brackets.
Select Possible Playing Dates and Times
Before the registration period begins, you’ll want to know when your team members would like to play. The more flexible your team can be, the more easily you’ll be able to register your team. We offer an assortment of leagues and divisions on each of our playing nights, Sundays through Thursdays for most sports. And, you’ll have some choice of playing time as well, typically between 6:30 pm and 10:30 pm each night.
A breakdown of each night’s planned schedule that includes when each division will play each night is posted approximately a week before the registration period begins. You’ll see that in our schedules section. Check there to see what your options are and talk it over with your team members.
You will select your league, division, and playing day and time right when you register. But, know that space is limited. We can only play so many games at one time. And, the prime days and times fill up extremely quickly. That’s why knowing exactly when registration begins is so important. We will fill our popular days and times within the first hour of online registration!
Log On and Get Registered
So that’s the majority of the preplanning that’s needed. Now, as team captain, you’ll want to register your team during the designated online registration period. Again, you can see those specific registration dates on our Sports Planner. Men’s and women’s registration typically begins at 12 Noon. Co-rec team registration starts at 12:30 pm. Online via our web site. You can register from any computer, tablet, or phone.
In order to register, you will need the following information:
- Your league and division preferences
- Your playing day and time preferences
- A team name (be creative, but keep it clean)
- Team captain’s phone number and email address
Honestly, it cannot be stressed enough, the best playing days and times will be gone within the first few hours of team registration. So, be online and ready to register when the registration period begins. Space tends to be available after the initial rush, but the selection is not good.
The system is fairly easy to use. But, be sure you get a confirmation at the end of your registration. That indicates that you did indeed get a spot. If you get a spot in a league with a designated day and time, you can rest assured that we will have a place for you to play in our league.
If all the spaces are full in your desired league and divisions, you may register on our waiting list. You will not know if your team is in the league until the captains meeting. Learn more about the wait list process with our separate Wait List FAQ.
In any case, make sure you log on and get registered before moving forward with the final steps to complete and confirm your team’s registration.
Responsibility for Fines
Once you have registered online, your team is set to play for the upcoming season. The vast majority of our IM sports are FREE to play. But, when you fail to show up for a scheduled game or match (including the playoffs) or decide after 5:00 pm on the final day of the registration period to drop out of our league, there is a fine that is assessed to the team captain.
Intramural Sports coordinates managing and scheduling over 300 teams in some of our sports. Cancellations and no-shows have a negative impact on our leagues and other participating teams. You never want to show up for a game and not have anyone to play. The cancellation and forfeit fines serve as an additional deterrent to teams deciding not to play. Good captains have plenty of spare players, so make sure you’ve recruited enough so that you don’t go into panic mode when a teammate cannot make a game at the last minute.
Fines are $20 to drop out of a league after the registration period ends or $30 when your team simply does not show up for a game without properly notifying the Intramural Sports Office. Read more about our cancellation and forfeit fines online. But know that as long as your team shows up for all of its scheduled games, your IM experience will always be free of fines!
Inform Your Teammates of Rules
As with any game or sport, knowing the rules is important. So, take some time to read over the sport’s rules (we even have summary pages with rule highlights for most sports). If you’re a first time captain, you might want to browse the Seven Principles of Intramural Sports which contains the fine print to IM Sports participation.
Remind your team members of equipment and uniform requirements (proper shorts for flag football, for example). You may want to coordinate shirt colors. Explain special IM playing rules for the sport. Remind them to bring their FSUCard to check-in and to arrive early to the game site to complete the check-in process.
And, don’t forget to mention our sportsmanship requirements to your teammates. Good sportsmanship is our number one priority and a required sportsmanship score is required to advance to the playoffs. You would hate to have one teammate cost your team a chance to continue playing our league.
Check Your Regular Season Schedule
Regular season schedules are posted approximately 48 hours after the registration period ends. They are available online in the schedules section of our web site. Intramural Sports does not notify teams regarding their playing schedules. It is your responsibility to check it online.
Be sure to inform your teammates of the schedule. Most our sports follow a consistent pattern of scheduling with games on the same day and at the same time each week. But some sports have game times that change every week. Check online and inform your teammates so they don’t miss a game!
As a team captain, you’ll want to make sure that you yourself are ready to check-in at the game site and are properly equipped for the game.
Participate in the Online Playoff Draw Session
During the final week of the regular season, Intramural Sports will host an online playoff draw to set the playoff brackets and schedule. Online playoff draw sessions occur in the fall for both flag football and volleyball and in the spring for soccer, basketball, and softball. The Intramural Sports staff will schedule the playoffs automatically for all other sports based on division and regular season playing days.
Information on the day and time of the online playoff draw session is posted with regular season schedules (you will see it as a note on the schedule). Typically, we also post reminders at the game site and on the front page of our web site as well.
By participating the 15-minute online playoff draw session for your team’s division (again another person can participate and represent the team), you will be able to select where in the bracket your team would like to play. All games are prescheduled, so you are basically deciding when is best for your team to play. Teams that do not have a representative in attendance are still scheduled, but are filled into the remaining openings at random. Therefore, participating in the meeting best ensures that your team will be able to play at preferred times.
Check Your Playoff Schedule
All teams regardless of record advance to the postseason, as long as the team has the required sportsmanship average. So, be sure to check online during the final week of the regular season to learn when your team will play in the postseason. Once again, those playoff schedules are available online in our schedules section.
Intramural Sports utilizes the team captain as the official representative for any administrative matters. If we have a game time change, a sportsmanship issue, or a player issue related to your team, we contact the team captain who then has the responsibility of informing his/her teammates or making a decision on behalf of the team.
Questions or Comments?
As you can see, the team captain’s job is really in managing the team’s participation in our league. A few steps take more time and effort than others, but all are relatively simple to complete. Communication with your teammates is key to making sure everyone is at the game site and ready to play when scheduled.
If you’re confused or have any questions, please visit our Contact Us page to drop us an email.
Here are some suggestions to help you find a team on which to play in one of our IM leagues.
Looking for a Team?
The Intramural Sports program does not form teams of individuals, but rather helps our potential participants locate others who would like to form a team or already have a team that just needs a few extra players. We call individuals looking for teams “free agents”. As a free agent, you can join a team at any point in the season, although getting connected early helps out a lot. In fact, we recommend starting 1-2 weeks before the start of the sport’s registration period. See our Sports Planner for registration periods and season start dates.
FSU Intramural Free Agents group on Facebook
To connect with other free agents, visit our FSU Intramural Free Agents group on Facebook. Join the group and post to connect with others. We encourage you to list when you are available to play (days and times) along with some basic information about your skill level. Our regular playing days are Sunday through Thursday after 6:00 pm, so list when you can play or cannot play during those times (such as “No Tuesdays”). And, are you looking for a recreational team or one that is more competitive? Finally, you can list if you’re looking to join a men’s, women’s, or co-rec team.
If you have a few friends already and just need a couple more players to form a whole team, start checking the FSU Intramural Free Agents group before team registration begins. You can collect players, then become a Team Captain and register the new team during our normal registration period.
Getting Connected at the Game Site
If the Facebook group doesn’t work for you, you can also be at the game site to see if a team needs extra players. Sometimes teams are practicing in an open field and you can connect with them there. Or, you may find a team is in need of extra players to play a game that night. You can be added to an accepting team right at the game site, simply by presenting your FSUCard at the check-in window.
If you jump on a team at the game site, you’ll want to be properly equipped for the game. Reviewing our Team Member page would be a good idea. Remember, you can only play on one men’s or women’s team and one co-rec team in a sport. And, you cannot change teams for a sport once you’ve signed in that first time.
Questions or Comments?
Going the free agent route isn’t the easiest, but once you find a team, you may find that you’ll play other sports together for the rest of the year or even your college career! And, if you have any questions, feel free to stop by the IM Office in 1035 Tully Gym, call us at 850-644-2430, or email us for assistance. We’re happy to help!
The following steps are required to join the Wait List for a sport. Complete this process after you have attempted the regular team registration process and discovered that your desired leagues / days / times are already full.
Step 1: Register on the Wait List
Step 2: Look For Our Office To Contact Team Captains With Available Openings
Your team will not receive a spot in a league until we contact you directly. So, watch for a call or email from the Intramural Sports staff to discuss any options and confirm your acceptance of an opening.
On the Waiting List? Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about our wait list process.
What are my team’s chances of getting in the league?
Honestly, not terrible. Even if you’re #20 on the list. Over the past few years, we have seen that better than 70% of the wait list teams get a spot in the league. Of course, not all wait list teams respond when we reach out, which means we move on to teams lower on the list. That helps. As do a few other things, outlined below.
Why is there a wait list in the first place?
It’s a supply and demand issue, really. For indoor sports, Intramural Sports has limited access to Tully Gym for our games & matches. With only 3 courts over at most 6 hours per night, five nights per week, there’s simply a limit to the number of teams we can accommodate. We cannot start earlier in the evening due to other users in the gym (Physical Education classes and the FSU varsity volleyball team). And, we want to make sure we give those teams in the league a quality experience with a standard number of matches in the regular season. We could reduce the number of matches per team to get in more teams, but who wants 2 regular season matches before the playoffs in a major sport? We want to provide a quality experience, which sacrifices the quantity of teams at times.
For outdoor sports, with the Rec SportsPlex, it’s not really a space issue, but a prime time issue. Even with that much space, only so many games can go on at one time. Typically we play 6-8 games simultaneously in flag football and soccer and the maximum of 5 in softball. Only so many teams get the prime 8:00, 8:30, 9:00 spots. We do play from 6:30 until 11:30 at the Rec SportsPlex. Due to neighborhood considerations, we do not schedule later into the night. And, earlier times just prove too inconvenient for teams to play. Sure there are a few teams that would take a 6:00 start on a weeknight, but not many. And, often that just creates too many forfeits at that time.
Are all available spaces opened at registration for teams to select from?
Actually, no. We do not open all available spaces for registration at the start of the sign-up period. Why not? Well, we’re pretty good at gauging the number of teams in each league and division (men’s, women’s, co-rec, competitive, recreational, etc) based on the history of our league. But, things do change every year. Therefore, we open about 90% of the available spots during the initial registration period. And, we save the last 10% to open for those teams on the wait list based on the demand, such as the number of co-rec wait list teams versus the number of men’s wait list teams. All the prime times are available, but we tend to save the very early and very late times to add new spots during the meeting.
How do other spots in the league become available for wait list teams?
Given the way the registration system works, some teams have 2 or 3 people logging in to try to get a spot. Sometimes, that means the same team has 2 or more registrations in our leagues. By rule, teams can play in only one spot. We drop those multiple registrations. But, instead of dropping them during the registration process and creating a free-for-all among teams trying to get those spaces, we wait and open those positions for those teams on the Wait List. Honestly, would you rather check back everyday to see if a spot opens up (kind of like class registration), or just put yourself on a list, in order, and wait to be placed at the end of registration? Let’s just say the latter seems more fair to all interested teams.
And, there are times when teams register then determine that they don’t have enough players or would rather combine with another team. That’s fine as it frees up more space for other teams. Once they cancel, we also hold that spot to be filled by Wait List teams.
Know that no one can delete a registration from the system. It’s not a possible function of the process. So there’s no chance someone could get a spot, then time it right to give it to someone else. We work from the wait list to avoid the “unfair” practice.
What if my team doesn’t get in after all of this?
There may be a handful of teams in each league (typically 5 or less) that do not get a spot in a league. We get down to a number that just doesn’t make a complete league. We can’t start a league with just 2 teams. You’d play each other every week.
Instead, these wait list teams are our first teams to call when openings become available during the season. We experience a number of no-shows and other forfeits during the first 2 weeks of the regular season. When those happen, we drop the no-show team and call our wait list teams (in order, still) to ask if they want that spot for the rest of the season. This tends to get all the rest of teams in, it just takes some patience.
Wait list teams remaining on the list after spots have been filled and awaiting forfeits and no-shows are welcome to contact our office to inquire about their status on the list. We can tell you what number you are, for example. However, we have to wait for games to be played before we know who no-shows. So sometimes there a bit of a wait between the schedules being released and when we’ll have some real information for you.
After 2 weeks of the regular season, we encourage wait list team members to search for another team to join. At that point, the odds have dropped to a point that it is not realistic to wait any longer. But, know that if your players play for another team that is in the league, then we add your wait list team, those players are NOT eligible to switch back over to your team. That first team is their team of record for the season.
We’re happy to help. Despite all this process, our goal is to get all interested teams in the league. It just takes a detailed procedure to get 200-400 teams placed and scheduled for play. Please visit our Contact Us page , call 850-644-2430, or stop by our office in 1035 Tully Gym (next door to the Leach Center) and we’ll try to answer!