Office of Intramural Activities
Brigham Young University
145 Richards Building
Provo, UT 84602
Fall/Winter: Monday-Friday, 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Spring/Summer: Monday-Friday, 9:00AM to 4:00PM
Closed Tuesdays from 10:45AM to 12:00PM for University devotionals and forums
“Play and recreation are more than mere diversions, they are recuperative requisites in the process of physical, intellectual, and moral development.”
The Intramural Office strives to provide programming for all levels of ability and experience. Our aim is to serve the recreational needs of the majority of the student body and not just the athletic minority.We are dedicated to providing an outstanding recreational sports program by:
- Inspiring students to internalize a Spirit of Sportsmanship on and off the playing field.
- Encouraging respect, leadership, and a commitment to excellence.
- Contributing to the aims of a BYU education.
“Athletics are explosive, as any of us know who have participated in them. The problem therefore, is to do everything that is fair and honorable to win, and also to know the line where sportsmanship stops and mockery starts. Stop short of winning if integrity is to be impaired…. Sportsmanship is the spirituality in athletics” (The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, 436-438).
Sportsmanship is everyone's responsibility. We hope everyone will conduct himself in a mature and friendly manner. Team captains are responsible for the conduct of their players and spectators. The BYU Intramural Activities program has identified the following principles as our “Spirit of Sportsmanship” guidelines. We encourage all employees, participants, and spectators to incorporate these principles on and off the playing field.
Live with integrity: We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men… (Thirteenth Article of Faith). Be consistent with who you are in all situations. “We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit” (Aristotle).
Be accountable: The gift of agency allows us the ability to choose right from wrong. Although we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences. Other people cannot determine our feelings or thoughts. We are each accountable for the things we do and say and should never blame others for our behavior.
Live the Golden Rule: And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise (Luke 6: 31). “Good sportsmanship includes thoughtfulness and concern for others…humility in victory; and calmness and composure in defeat. It is fair play, following both the spirit and the letter of the rules. It is the Golden Rule in action on the playing court, on the bench, and in the stands” (Physical Fitness, Sports,& Recreation Manual. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1984; 17).
Play by the rules: Do not push limits or escalate your level of physical play to match the style of enforcement. Playing to the call or whistle instead of by the established rules of the game is a violation of integrity and honesty. This style of play endangers the other players. Play hard, but play fair and honor the rules.
Turn the other cheek: If you begin to feel unsettled or agitated, take a personal timeout. Step back to gain composure and perspective. Retaliation does not solve conflict—it only compounds the situation. Be meek. Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth…whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also (Matthew 5: 38-39).
Be gracious: Compliment your opponent after a good play. Focus on the good. Build people up—do not tear people down. Be genuine when you congratulate your opponent. Demonstrate gratitude for the efforts of the officials and activity supervisors. A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger (Proverbs 15:1).
Have fun: …Men are, that they might have joy (2 Nephi 2:25). Be safe, play fair, and enjoy the experience.
Activities are normally conducted Tuesday through Friday from 6:00 to 11:15 PM and Saturdays from 8:00 AM to 5:15 PM. If needed, games may be scheduled during other hours.
An information sheet for each activity is located on the intramural web page under the 'Activities' menu. Information sheets provide specific details for each activity, such as starting dates, eligibility, tournament format, and rules. All team captains and participants are advised to read the information sheets.
All contests will be governed by the official interscholastic amateur rules as designated on the activity information sheet. A copy of each rulebook will be available to be checked out from the Intramural Office. In order to equalize competition and to ensure the safety of all participants, the Intramural Program has additional rules for some events. These rules are on the information sheet for each activity. The Intramural Office reserves the right to amend or change any rule when deemed necessary.
For specific concerns about rules, officiating, or the supervision of an intramural activity we encourage you to submit a letter to the Intramural Office. We will take your suggestions seriously and attempt to prevent a recurrence of your situation.
A semester schedule of activities will be available on the Intramural web page three weeks before each semester begins. The semester schedule indicates the dates that entries will be accepted for each activity and can be accessed through the ‘Activities’ link.
Participants are encouraged to register as soon as possible for each activity. Some individual/doubles events and most team sports have limited entries. Once the available team sport schedules are sold out, all other entries will be placed on a waiting list, and may only purchase a schedule if an opening occurs.
There will be a $20-$40 non-refundable entry fee for all team sport activities required at the time of registration. Teams must choose an appropriate team name consistent with the ideals and principles of Brigham Young University. A sportsmanship red card penalty may be given to a team for the selection of an offensive or vulgar team name.