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Intramural Sports

General Rules, Regulations, and Policies

 

Article I: Eligibility – Individual and Team

Statement of Purpose: Eligibility rules for intramural sports are designed to provide an opportunity for everyone to participate in balanced and fair competition. The rules listed below cannot provide for all possibilities. Therefore, the Intramural Sports staff reserves the right to rule on the eligibility status of participants not specifically covered by the following rules.

Responsibility for Eligibility: The Intramural Sports Department does not assume total responsibility for checking the eligibility of individuals participating in the intramural sports. Any cases of ineligibility called to its attention will be investigated and dealt with according to the rules. Team and organization representatives are responsible for checking the eligibility of their own players and should regularly check that of their opponents. Failure to not check eligibility of team members may result in forfeiture of all games and playoff competition.

Section I: To be eligible to participate in the intramural sports program the student, undergraduate or graduate must be enrolled at the University of Nebraska Omaha for a minimum of one (1) credit hour of class work. At all intramural activities, the student will be required to show student identification and may be asked for personal identification. Spouses of students may participate provided they purchase a Campus Recreation activity card.

Section II: To be eligible to participate in the intramural sports program, the part-time or full-time faculty/staff member must have purchased a current Campus Recreation activity card. Spouses of faculty/staff members may participate provided they purchase a Campus Recreation activity card in HPER 100.

Section III: (under revision)

Section IV: Any student, faculty / staff member, alumni member (or spouse) who is or has been a professional player or athlete is ineligible to compete in the sport related or its related sport in which he / she is / was a professional for a period of five (5) years from the date the professional career ended. A professional player or athlete is defined as one who has received monetary remuneration for their athletic services.

Section V: Intercollegiate athletic team members are ineligible to compete in the same or related sport. Athletes of intercollegiate teams shall be defined as any athlete who is a team member at the time of the first scheduled intercollegiate contest. A student may be eligible to play, if he or she was listed on the varsity roster less than three weeks. Students listed on the roster three weeks or longer shall be ineligible in that sport or related sports for the remainder of the school year. "Red Shirts" sitting out a year are ineligible for intramural play in the same or related sport. Proposition 48 athletes are eligible to participate in intramural sports.

Section VI: Intercollegiate athletic team members must be one full academic year removed from the athletic team to be eligible to participate in league play and playoffs of the related sport, within the intramural sports program. The rule applies to transfer students as well as UNO athletes.

Section VII: Members of sport clubs are allowed to participate in the respective intramural sport, however, a maximum of three sport club members is allowed on any one intramural team.

Section VIII: Any person participating in intramural activities found to be ineligible or participating under an assumed name will be barred from the intramural competition for the remainder of that sport and from all intramural activities for a period of at least 90 days. (University breaks and holidays will not count as part of the 90-day suspension.) In addition, the player will be placed on probation for the remainder of the school year. If the player is a team member, all games in which he / she played or plays will be forfeited by that team. Forfeit fees will be lost accordingly. Any team using an ineligible player or with players participating under assumed names shall be suspended from that activity for the remainder of the season and placed on probation the remainder of the school year.

Section IX: Player Mutual Agreement – teams may not play an ineligible person even by mutual agreement of both teams or team captains or other individuals involved in the game.

Section X : A player entering an activity with a given team may not transfer to another team during the specific sports season. If a team forfeits out of the league and abandons its team status, players from the specific team may be picked up or placed on the other teams provided it is done prior to completion of regular season play.

Section XI: An individual may only play on one team per sport. An individual may NOT play on both an "A" (competitive) and "B" (recreational) team at the same time during the specific sports season. Individuals may play on both a co-rec team and one of the following: an "A" or "B" team.

Section XII: An individual playing for more than one team illegally in an activity will result in a minimum penalty of one game suspension and forfeiture of the game. With a maximum penalty of the player at fault receiving a suspension from the sport for the rest of the season.
 
Article II: Rules for Participant Conduct

Section I: If a player is ejected from a game, he/she may not return to that particular game and is automatically ineligible for further competition in any intramural activity. Before an ejected player is cleared to participate in further competition, he/she must report to the Program Assistant or Graduate Assistant for Intramural Sports. (The ejected participant will remain suspended until a meeting is scheduled.) Player penalties are effective after the meeting with the Assistant Director or designated assistant.

Section II: Any person who commits, attempts to commit, incites, or aids others in committing any of the following acts of misconduct shall be subject to disciplinary action by the Intramural Sports Department and the Office of Campus Recreation:

1. Player or spectator hits, strikes, shoves, pushes, or makes physical contact in a threatening manner (includes spitting and/or snotting) toward any intramural employee (student or professional). Penalty: indefinite suspension: minimum one (1) year.

2. Threatening behavior (verbal or physical) made by a player or spectator before, during, or after an activity toward an intramural employee (student or professional). Penalty: indefinite suspension: minimum six (6) months.

3. Player or spectator hits, strikes, shoves, pushes, or makes physical contact in a threatening manner (includes spitting and/or snotting) toward another player or spectator. Penalty: indefinite suspension: minimum three (3) months.

4. Threatening behavior (verbal or physical) made by a player or spectator before, during, or after an activity toward another player or spectator. Penalty: indefinite suspension: minimum one (1) month.

5. Player or spectator verbally abuses a participant, official, or any other intramural employee (student or professional).
Penalty: indefinite suspension: minimum one (1) game.


6. Action(s) which could potentially cause equipment or facility damage (includes spitting and snotting) and/or personal injury.
Penalty: indefinite suspension: minimum one (1) game.

 
Section III: The Intramural Sports Department will furnish equipment for some Intramural activities. We will only provide game balls. Your team will need to bring practice balls, if you wish to warm up before a game. It is the responsibility of the participants to return all equipment loaned to them to the Intramural Sports Department. Loss of equipment is cause for forfeiture of a game and/or payment for said equipment. Some sports may require for teams to both have a light and dark set of jerseys, t-shirts, etc. Failure to do so may result in forfeiture of the game.

Section IV: Spectators (non-players) are expected to conduct themselves in an orderly and sportsmanship-like manner and are subject to the policies and regulations of the Intramural Department. Fans that disrupt the game in any way will be asked to leave. It is the responsibility of each captain to control his or her fans. A team may be forced to forfeit a game if the fans cannot be controlled. Children of participants are allowed to watch intramural games; however, they must be escorted and supervised by a non-player throughout the participant’s games in the particular activity area.

Section V: Alcohol, Tobacco, and/or drug consumption is not allowed at any UNO Intramural Sports contest at anytime. Violators are subject to disciplinary action. Intramural participants will be ejected from contests and suspended from their next game if, in the opinion of the official, supervisor, or a member of the professional staff from the Office of Campus Recreation, they are under the influence of alcohol or Drugs.

Section VI: Abusive and foul language will not be tolerated prior to, during, or after a game. The officials, supervisors, and any other intramural employee (student or professional) will not be subject to player’s misconduct in action or language. Such conduct will result in the team’s forfeit of the game in which the action occurred. By forfeiting the game, all or a portion of the deposit will be retained depending upon the number of forfeits. In addition, the offending participants(s) will be immediately ejected from the contest at hand.

Section VII: Participant conduct situations not specifically covered by the above rulings and regulations will be dealt with in an appropriate manner by the Program Assistant or Graduate Assistant.
 

Article III: No Tolerance Policy


Section I: The Office of Campus Recreation in conjunction with the University of Nebraska Omaha has adopted a "NO Tolerance" policy, which specifically prohibits the use of grossly abusive language, which insults, taunts, or challenges another person. This language includes swearing, obscenities, and epithets directed at an individual’s race, color, ethnic identity, religion, sex, or which is personally abusive, degrading, and insulting. In addition, in accordance with the University of Nebraska Omaha ’s discrimination and Sexual Harassment Policy, the Intramural Sports Department does not condone the occurrence of sexual harassment within the realm of intramural activities. Such actions on the part of any intramural participant will not be tolerated and will be fully investigated by the department. (For a more specific description and explanation of this policy please refer to UNO’s Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Policy, which can be found, at Campus Recreation, HPER 100.)

Section II: The penalty for infractions of the above policy will be immediate suspension from the contest at hand, and if further disciplinary action is warranted the Assistant Director or Graduate Assistant responsible of the program will render a decision based on the severity of the incident.
 
Article IV: Protests

Section I: Protests will not be allowed on any judgment calls made by the official. Judgment calls include inbounds/out-of-bounds, safe/out, block/charge, etc. as well as ejection’s, misconducts, and unsportsmanlike actions. Allowable protests include rule applications and rule interpretations. Officials’ decisions, interpretations, judgments, or applications may not be protested beyond the limits imposed by the rules of the game or event (i.e. prior to the next pitch, prior to the next serve, prior to the ball becoming live following the call in question, etc.).

Section II: All protests must be made at the time and place of the incident in question and in the presence of the officials and the opposing captain. Protests lodged after the incident has passed will not be reviewed. Captains are required to submit a protest form with $20 to the Program or Graduate Assistant by 1pm on the day following the game being protested. The fee will be refunded only if the protest is upheld by the Assistant Director, Program Assistant or Graduate Assistant. (Winning teams may not file a written protest.)

Section III: Protests concerning the eligibility of a player may be made by a supervisor or by any participant. Suspected eligibility infractions should be brought to the attention of the supervisor and further investigated on-site. The supervisor may request the suspected participant to present a current photo ID in addition to their student ID.
 
**PROTESTS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED BY ANY TEAM THAT HAS MISSED THE PRESEASON CAPTAIN’S MEETING.
 
Article V: Forfeits

Section I: Each team participating in an intramural activity is required to pay a $25 refundable forfeit deposit. Each participant entering an individual sport is required to pay a $15 refundable forfeit deposit. If a team or individual forfeits one competition during regular season or post-season play the team/individual will lose $10 (team) or $5 (individual) of their original deposit fee. If a team or individual forfeits two competitions during the regular season or post-season play, the team/individual will lose $20 (team) or $10 (individual) of their original deposit fee. Having two forfeits will also eliminate the team/individual from league play and post-season participation.

Section II: For team activities, all participant’s names and NU ID numbers must be recorded on the proper score sheet. The team must demonstrate to the officials and supervisor that they have enough players to properly start a contest. Then, and only then, will the forfeit be recorded as a victory. If both teams fail to show up or to produce an adequate number of players at the designated time and place, a double forfeit will be recorded and the contest will not be rescheduled. One forfeit in a single or double elimination tournament eliminates that respective individual or team from further competition.

Section III: To recover your refund deposit, you must pick up your refund voucher at the Campus Recreation room, HPER 205. Refund vouchers for the deposit fee will be available only up until June 30th of that past Intramural season.
 
A REFUND VOUCHER MUST BE CLAIMED BY JUNE 30TH OF THAT PAST INTRAMURAL SEASON OR IT WILL BECOME NULL AND VOID.
 
Article VI: Registration

Section I: Team, dual and individual activity sign-ups will be accepted at the Office of Campus Recreation, HPER 205 on the dates specified by the Intramural Office. Registration may also be accepted at locations that are TBD. The forfeit deposit is required at the time of registration. The captain’s name, phone number, addresses, and NU ID numbers is required for all sign-ups to be accepted. In addition, a teams or individuals preference for playing times and dates will be solicited.
 
Article VII: Campus Cup Competition


Section I: Campus Cup Competition is between teams that have registered a team in two or more sports throughout the Intramural season. A team participating in the Campus Cup must retain the same name and team captain throughout a season. To be an eligible team in the Campus Cup Competition all members of the team must be legal and maintain legality while participating in all intramural activities. There will be three divisions of the Campus Cup Competition: Men’s, Women’s, and Co-Rec.

Section II: There will be two team sports, selected by the Intramural staff, for each intramural session. There will be a total of eight team sports for the entire season. Teams registered in A (competitive) leagues will be the only teams eligible to receive points.

Section III: A team competing in the Campus Cup will receive 20 points for winning the playoff championship, 10 points for placing 2nd in playoffs, and 5 points for 3rd or 4th places. The team with the most points after the Intramural season will have its name placed on the All Campus Cup plaque and will be placed in the Intramural showcase located at the entrance of the HPER building.
 
Article VIII: Athlete of the Year Competition

Section I: Currently the Athlete of the Year Competition rules and regulations are being revised and will be posted at a later date.
 
Article IV:Liability

Section I: The University of Nebraska at Omaha does not accept liability for injuries to participants in the intramural program. Participants are encouraged to provide their own accident insurance coverage. Accident insurance information can be obtained from Health Services. All injuries, no matter how minor, are required to be reported to the intramural supervisor on duty.

Article X: Miscellaneous

RULES AND REGULATIONS REGARDING THE INTRAMUAL SPORTS PROGRAM ARE SUBJECT TO DISCRETIONARY ENFORCEMENT BY THE INTRAMURAL DIRECTOR.

For more information contact Mav-Rec Intramurals:
University of Nebraska Omaha
6001 Dodge Street
HPER Room 205
402-554-2634