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Eligibility

The Intramural Program serves the members of the Brigham Young University Community. Members of this community include: full-time, part-time, and deferred students; faculty and staff; spouses of students & faculty/staff; and non-students who are active members in a Provo Young Single Adult ward or a Provo Married Student ward.

The following rules address eligibility for participation in the BYU Intramural Program. Any situations not specifically covered in these rules, which may be considered an attempt to go against the spirit of the rules, may be acted upon by the Intramural Director.

  1. All current degree seeking full-time BYU students are eligible. A full-time status requires 12 credits during fall or winter semester (2 credits for graduate students), and 6 credits during spring or summer term (1 credit for graduate students).

  2. All current faculty, administrative staff, non-student staff employees and their spouses are eligible. Dependents of faculty/staff do not have intramural privileges.

  3. Part-time students, deferred students, non-students, and spouses of students must pay an intramural activity fee for each semester in which they participate. This fee is paid at the Information Center in 112 Richards Building. The cost is $25.00 per semester during fall & winter and $20.00 for spring/summer term(s). A BYU ID or BYU Net ID with a valid picture ID is required at time of payment. This fee will enable a participant to compete in any intramural activity during the appropriate semester.

  4. Non- BYU students must be active members of a Provo young single adult (YSA) or married student ward. Their membership records must reside in the YSA or married student ward they attend. Non-students need to be high school graduates or at least 18 years of age.

  5. Current post baccalaureate (non-degree seeking graduate) and E.L.C. (English Language Center) students must pay the intramural activity fee.

  6. Individuals registered only for independent study courses have a non-student status.

  7. Current participants on any college level club, extramural, or intercollegiate team are ineligible to participate in a similar intramural sport.

    1. Current is until their eligibility expires or until they are cut from the team.
    2. Students "red shirting" in intercollegiate sports are considered members of the team.
    3. Those trying out or working out with the team are considered to be on the team.
  8. Eligible participants may play for only one team in each activity.

  9. To participate in a team sport, each player must be added to his online team roster by 3:00 PM for weekday games and by 3:00 PM on Friday for Saturday games.

  10. Dropping an individual from a team roster is done by request through the Intramural Office. Only the team captain or the individual who wishes to be dropped can make this request. Once dropped, a player may not be added back to the previous team. These requests will be processed within one business day.

  11. No additions may be made to a team roster after the team has completed regular season play. Only those participants who have competed in regular season play (a minimum of one game) are eligible for elimination tournament play.

  12. No substitutions will be allowed in individual/doubles activities for those listed on the entry form, unless approved by the program coordinator.

  13. Each activity may have additional eligibility rules, which will be stated in the information sheet for that activity.

  14. Team captains are responsible for the eligibility of each player on their team.

The intramural office reserves the right to make rulings on instances that may not be specifically covered in these eligibility rules.
Online Team Rosters

To participate in a team sport, each player must be added to his online team roster by 3:00 PM for weekday games and by 3:00 PM on Friday for Saturday games. The online team roster program is located on the intramural web page and requires the password printed on each team's schedule.

To add players, enter a team member's BYU ID# or Net ID, and click 'Add Player'. Eligible non-students may create a Net ID from a link on the team roster page. Please be aware that no players will be added to a team roster at the field/court under any circumstances. It is recommended that each team have more than the required number of players on their online roster to avoid a potential forfeit.

To check intramural privileges for those listed on the team roster, click the 'View Regular Season Roster' link. The privilege codes listed include: Good, Fee Needed, Fee Paid, Invalid Form, and Suspended. A participant whose privileges indicate "Fee Needed" must pay the intramural activity fee before participating. A participant whose privileges indicate Invalid Form, Needs Consent, or Concussion will not be allowed to check-in until his/her status is resolved in the Intramural Office.

At the conclusion of regular season play, each team is responsible for checking their tournament roster to verify all eligible players are listed. This is done by clicking the 'View Tournament Roster' link on the team roster page. This link only shows those players who have played in one or more regular season games. Occasionally participants who played during regular season games are not listed on a team's tournament roster, so it is essential that each team check their tournament roster.

Please notify our office of any roster concerns at least one day before your first tournament game and we will try to resolve the problem. Players not listed on the tournament roster at game time will not be allowed to play under any circumstances. Players whose privileges are listed as "Fee Needed" on the tournament roster need to clear their status in the Intramural Office to be eligible for tournament play.

Check-In/Forfits

To be checked in, players need to be added to their online team roster by 3:00 PM for weekday games and by 3:00 PM on Friday for Saturday games. All players need to check-in with the activity supervisor prior to their scheduled game time. It is recommended that players arrive and check-in at least ten minutes prior to game time. Forfeit time is game time! All participants must show a valid (government, school, or work issued) picture ID before every game. Picture ID printouts are not acceptable. Participants, whose privileges list "Fee Needed", must show their paid receipt for the intramural activity fee before they can check in. Participants with suspended privileges will not be allowed to check-in.

A forfeit is given to teams with less than the minimum number of legal players at game time. Teams receiving their second forfeit may be dropped from regular season and elimination tournament play. Entry fees will not be refunded if a team is dropped from play. To help prevent forfeits, each team is allowed one "late game" during regular season and one "late game" during elimination tournament play. If the team captain elects to use his late game, the game time is extended by five additional minutes.

Postponements

Contests may be postponed or canceled due to poor weather, poor field conditions, or power outages. Classification matches for individual/doubles events and elimination tournament games will be rescheduled when necessary. When games are rescheduled all other games for that sport during that week are subject to change. All teams are responsible to re-check the schedule when this happens. The decision to cancel activities due to inclement weather will be made by 4:00 PM on weekdays and 8:00 AM on Saturdays. Participants may call the rainout hotline at (801) 422-3992 for this decision. Outdoor sports may be played in all types of weather and are only canceled when there is a danger to participants or the possibility of damaging the playing field.

Classification

The Intramural Program is designed for participants of all skill levels. Each activity has a classification process that is intended to place similarly skilled individuals/teams against each other for tournament competition. Individual/doubles events will have a classification round or questionnaire to determine the participant's ability. Team sports are typically scheduled to play four or five league games where each team's ability will be evaluated. Teams will be given a power ranking between 1 and 5 (5 being the highest) for each game they play. At the end of league play an overall average of each team's rankings is computed to determine which division they will compete in during tournament play. Most activities have two to four divisions in tournament play, with "Division I" being the highest division.

A list of tentative team rankings with division breakdowns for tournament is posted during the last few days of regular season and teams will have a couple of days to check their ranking. The team captain may fill out a ranking challenge form to petition to move up or down a division if they feel their team's ability merits a division change. "Sandbagging" during the classification round(s) in an attempt to play in a lower division for tournament is considered cheating and is a shameful offense against the spirit of competition. Teams may be dropped from tournament if sufficient evidence is found that they "sandbagged" to play in a lower division.

Tournament Information

Game schedules may be viewed on the intramural web page or in the glass cases located next to the Intramural Office (145 Richards Building). Elimination tournament games are typically scheduled one week at a time and are usually posted on Fridays by 4:00 PM. Please refer to the activity information sheet for specific dates for tournament rankings and start dates. Participants are responsible for viewing the posted game times to determine the time, date, and location of all their scheduled games/matches.

Posted game times will not be changed for personal conflicts. Team captains should notify the Intramural Office in advance to avoid potential scheduling conflicts for their team(s). This can be done through the use of a schedule request form, which is available in the Intramural Office. This form must be submitted to the Intramural Secretary by 4:00 PM on Thursday for the following week’s schedule.

There are two situations when a participant may be allowed to “play under protest.” These two situations are when his privileges are listed as FEE NEEDED, or as SUSPENDED. Playing under protest is only allowed during elimination tournament play. If the participant feels his indicated privilege is incorrect he may be allowed to play with the stipulation that the participant be issued a red card for illegal participation and the team forfeits the game if evidence is not found to support his claim. Team captains of both teams will be notified of the decision to play under protest before the game begins.

The only acceptable game protests are those related to ineligible participants. Protest forms are available in the Intramural Office. A $10.00 fee must accompany each protest submitted. If the protest is invalid, the Intramural Office will retain the fee. If the protest is upheld the $10.00 will be refunded. The Intramural Department reserves the right to take action on its own against any team or individual who is ineligible to participate.

Honor Code

The Intramural Office supports the University Honor Code including the Dress and Grooming Standards. We appreciate your shared responsibility in helping us maintain these standards. Those who fail to comply with the Honor Code will not be allowed to participate until they can comply. The Honor Code is enforced by the supervisor(s) assigned to your field/court.

Player Conduct

A yellow/red card system is used to monitor unsportsmanlike behavior and improper conduct. A participant who receives a yellow card will be required to sit out for two minutes of game time. A participant who receives a red card will be ejected from the game and must leave the field/court before play resumes. A team with a carded player must play with one less player until the penalty time has expired (Yellow = 2 minutes & Red = 4 minutes). If a player is carded and refuses to tell his name, the game will be forfeited.

The following are examples of yellow/red card offenses that apply to all sports:

Yellow Card
Non-directional profanity
Arguing
Rough play
Taunting opponents

Red Card
Illegal participation
Directional profanity
Flagrant contact
Fighting
Threatening behavior

Yellow/Red Card Point System:

Individual

  • Yellow card (1 pt each) = a two minute power play + specific sport penalty.
  • 2 yellow cards in one game = the player is ejected from the game.
  • Red card (2 pts each) = ejection from game, four minute power play + specific sport penalty.

Any player receiving a red card will be suspended from all intramural activities until meeting with the program coordinator. After the player meets with the program coordinator the length of suspension will be determined. Any player receiving three sportsmanship points during a semester in one or more sports will be suspended for the remainder of that semester.

Individuals acquiring six sportsmanship points are sent a letter indicating they are on probation with the Intramural Program. Should they continue to participate they are made aware that any more sportsmanship problems will result in a two-year suspension of intramural privileges.

Team

Teams acquiring a total of six sportsmanship points during the season will be dropped from further play. However, during elimination tournament play a team will be dropped if they receive four sportsmanship points or a total of six for the season—whichever comes first.

Illegal Participation
The following situations are considered illegal participation:
  • An individual who plays without checking-in with the activity supervisor.
  • Misrepresentation of Provo YSA or married student ward status.
  • A participant who uses another person's ID card or allows another person to use his ID card.
  • Any college level intercollegiate or extramural team member who is participating in a similar intramural activity.
  • Any other violations of the BYU Intramural eligibility rules.

Participants who play without checking in to a game will be issued a minimum one-game suspension. A participant who is found to be in violation of the intramural eligibility policies will be given a minimum one-semester suspension from all intramural activities. Contests played with an illegal participant will be declared a forfeit. Misrepresentation of eligible ward status by a non-BYU student will result in a minimum one-year suspension. If three or more players on one team illegally participate, the entire team will be dropped from further play. A two-year suspension will be issued for a second violation of the intramural eligibility policies.

Uniforms/Equipment

Teams are strongly encouraged to have two sets of jerseys of differing colors. An appropriate, modest athletic uniform is permissible. Shirts and shoes must be worn. Sleeveless shirts are not allowed. Any pair of cleats considered dangerous by the activity supervisor or game officials may be disallowed for use at any point during each game. Specific attire for each event is given on the information sheets, which are located within the 'Activities' menu on the intramural web page.

The Intramural Office typically doesn't supply equipment (balls, bats, gloves, racquets, etc.) for activities unless otherwise published in the information sheet. Participants are responsible to provide any needed equipment not supplied by the Intramural Office.

Braces/Casts

Knee & ankle braces are legal in all Intramural activities under the following condition: Knee and ankle braces which are unaltered from the manufacturer's original design/production are permitted and do not require any additional padding/covering. Note: If a brace develops sharp edges from wear and tear, this would be considered an alteration even though the alteration was unintentional.

Braces and casts worn above the waist shall be enforced as follows.

For soccer, kickball, softball & tennis: Guards, casts, or braces made of hard and unyielding items must be padded with a closed-cell, slow recovery foam padding no less than 1/2 inch thick.

For basketball, flag football, ultimate, volleyball, & water polo: A guard, cast, or brace made of hard and unyielding substance, such as, but not limited to, leather, plaster, plastic, or metal shall not be worn even if covered with soft padding.

Concussions

Brigham Young University recognizes the seriousness of concussions and head injuries and takes seriously its obligation to address concussions and head injuries suffered by individuals participating in university-sponsored sports and other activities. In Utah, the Protection of Athletes with Head Injuries Act requires “amateur sports organizations,” which may include the university, to adopt and enforce a concussion and head injury policy.

A concussion is a type of traumatic head injury induced by biomechanical forces. Although concussions most commonly occur after a direct blow to the head, they can occur after a blow elsewhere on the body that is transmitted to the head. A concussion can occur even if a player in an activity does not lose consciousness. A single concussion may lead to lasting brain damage. Continued participation in a sporting event after sustaining a concussion, or returning to athletic activity too soon after sustaining a concussion, puts an athlete at greater risk of suffering a more serious traumatic head injury. In some cases, individuals have died or sustained permanent neurologic complications as a result of continued participation after having prior concussive head injures.

All participants under the age of 18 must provide a signed acknowledgement from their parent or legal guardian, stating that the parent or legal guardian has read, understands, and agrees to abide by the BYU Concussion and Head Injury Policy. This acknowledgement must be submitted to the Intramural Office prior to participation in the Intramural Activities program.

All participants should report to an intramural employee any signs or symptoms of a concussion observed in themselves or others. Any participant who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or traumatic head injury shall be immediately removed from participating in any sporting event.

After being suspected of sustaining a concussion or traumatic head injury, an intramural participant may not return to play until the participant is evaluated by a qualified health care provider and provides the Intramural Office with a written statement from the qualified health care provider. The written statement must affirm that (1) the provider has, within three years before the date on which the written statement is made, successfully completed a continuing education course in the evaluation and management of a concussion, and (2) the participant is cleared to resume participation in sporting events.

Please refer to the BYU Concussion and Head Injury Policy for more detailed information. This policy can be found at:

http://policy.byu.edu/view/index.php?p=216