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The forfeit time for each sport will be 10 minutes. Forfeits on late teams will be strictly called. At this time, the game official or supervisor will call a forfeit on any team which does not have the minimum number of players necessary to compete.
A team forfeiting one contest will lose it's forfeit fee; a team forfeiting a second contest will be dropped from further competition. If a team forfeits on a date in which they were scheduled for more than one contest, this is counted as just one forfeit.
Should a team be dropped from league play for any reason, the games the team played will remain official. Games not played shall be recorded as forfeited, and the opposing team shall be declared the winner.
If both teams fail to appear for a scheduled contest, each team shall be credited with a forfeit and a loss. To receive a win for a forfeited contest, a team must have present the minimum number of players required for competition.
Postponements and Cancellations
Postponements due to inclement weather, field conditions or other extenuating circumstances will be made by the Recreational Sports Department. This decision will be made one hour prior to the first scheduled contest of the day. It is the responsibility of the team manager to call the Rec Sports Office, 516-5326, if there is any question of postponement or cancellation.
When possible, postponed games will be rescheduled. The team manager must check with the Rec Sports Office within 24 hours of postponement to learn the substituted date for the contest.
The Rec Sports Office is willing to cooperate in extraordinary circumstances by allowing occasional postponements of scheduled contests. However, due to lack of facilities, these must be kept to a minimum. It must be at the convenience of the Rec Sports staff and both teams involved. If the two teams postpone a scheduled contest without sanction of the Rec Sports Office, both teams will be credited with a forfeit.
All protests will be governed by the Intramural Coordinator and the Intramural Protest Committee. Protests will be decided on the basis of fairness to the individuals or teams concerned and the best interests of intramural competition in the sport involved. The committee's decisions will be final.
Rule Interpretation Protests
Any rule interpretation protest must be made on the field of play by the team manager to the game official. This must occur at the time of the disputed play and before play resumes. The official shall record on the scorecard that the game is being played "under protest". All game conditions at that time will be noted (score, time remaining, etc.). Protests after the fact will not be honored.
A written protest must then be submitted by the team manager to the Rec Sports Office within 24 hours after the completion of the scheduled contest, excluding days when the office is closed. A $3.00 protest fee must be submitted with the written protest. This fee will be refunded if the protest is upheld. A maximum of one week is given to decide each protest. If a formal protest is upheld, the game will be replayed from the point at which the improper decision was made, or in its entirety in order to correct the error. If the protest is denied, the game stands.
Absolutely no protests on judgement calls by an official will be considered.
Ineligible Player Protests
Ineligible player protests must be announced to the game official in charge before the said contest is over. At this point, play will stop.
A $3.00 protest fee must be submitted to the official at time of roster check request. This fee will be refunded if the protest is upheld.
The protesting team must identify to official only 1 to 3 opposing players they think are ineligible.
The official will immediately secure all information from these individuals. Play will then continue through to completion of game.
A post game check of rosters for eligibility will be done by the Intramural Coordinator. If a player is not on the roster or not enrolled in the current semester, the game is declared won by default. If all players are eligible, the game stands.
Intramural Protest Committee
The Intramural Protest Committee considers all intramural protests and is composed of five (5) interested intramural participants. Anyone interested in becoming a committee member should stop by the Rec Sports Office.
Injuries and Liability
Individual participants should be duly aware of the risks and hazards involved in intramural sports and should voluntarily elect to utilize UMSL facilities and participate in programs, recognizing present conditions, and further agree to assume voluntarily all risks of loss, damage, or injury that may be sustained while using UMSL facilities or participating in programs.
Since participation is on a voluntary basis, the Recreational Sports Department assumes no responsibility for costs involved with individual injury or property damage incurred in connection with the use of University facilities.
Individuals are reminded that they should review their own personal circumstances to determine if they have adequate insurance or protection in case of injury resulting from the use of University facilities or participation in programs.
It is recommended that all participants have a complete physical before engaging in any physical recreation program.
Accidents and injuries should be reported at once to the supervisor on duty for first-aid treatment. Be sure to see family doctor after any injury.
In case of emergency, dial the campus police, 5155.
Individual winners and team members of a championship intramural sport will receive a UMSL Rec Sports Champion T-shirt in recognition of their achievements.
Following the conclusion of each sport activity, winners can pick up their t-shirts in the Rec Sports Office, Monday through Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm. Awards must be claimed before the end of the semester in which it was won.
A player must be on the winning team's roster and must have actually participated in at least two regular season games to receive a t-shirt.
Awards are limited to fifteen (15) per championship team.
Champion participants are limited to winning one t-shirt per intramural activity.
Spirit of Competition
Sport activities find their origin in the basic human need for the spirit of play. Winning and losing are mere outcomes of this play spirit. Abusive language toward officials and manipulation of the rules are not "part of the game". What is part of the game is the pure satisfaction of participation, getting fit and enhancing friendships. Without your opponent, you have no game, no contest, and no fun. You are indebted to them, as they are to you. The spirit of play, then is based on cooperation. Upholding high standards of integrity and fair play acknowledges this idea of cooperative competition. All players are encouraged to exercise good judgement in caring for the safety of others as well as themselves. The goal of lifetime sports for all players may have more meaning than that of a win or a loss, the memory of which often fades quickly. All players are asked to participate within the context of this spirit of competition.
Unsportsmanlike conduct may be defined as improper behavior that may include verbal or physical abuse, mental harassment, fighting, cheating, or other acts such as obscene gestures or actions.
In order to insure proper conduct before, during and after a contest, officials and Rec Sports staff have the authority to warn, penalize, or eject players and teams displaying unsportsmanlike conduct. The Rec Sports Office may also choose to enforce more strict consequences for flagrant misconduct (i.e. suspension from league or from all intramural activities for semester or entire academic year).
Any participant ejected from a game for any reason is automatically suspended from that team's next scheduled contest. If a player is ejected from a second contest, he/she faces automatic suspension for the balance of the specific sport season.
If a contest is discontinued due to unsportsmanlike conduct, the team(s) responsible will receive a forfeit. Teams may be suspended from a league for excessive or repeated misconduct by their players, coaches, and fans. It is the responsibility of team managers to control the actions of their team members.
The abuse of officials will not be tolerated. Any physical or verbal abuse directed towards an intramural official or Rec Sports staff member is grounds for immediate suspension from participation in intramural activities.
At no time will the use of alcohol or drugs be allowed during intramural activities. Participants will be ejected from contest and suspended from their next game if, in the opinion of the game official or Rec Sports staff member, they are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Participants have the right to appeal suspension.
Posted Schedules and Results
Every effort is made to keep and distribute up-to-date results of league standings and changes in schedules. These are prominently posted on the Rec Sports Bulletin Board in the Mark Twain Building Lobby and individual copies are available weekly for pick up in the Rec Sports Office.
Participants will find a variety of publications pertinent to specific intramural activities in the Rec Sports Office. These include intramural pocket schedules, activity flyers, sport updates, tournament results, sport's rules and intramural record holders. Drop by and check it out!
A "wall of fame" on the Rec Sports Bulletin Board features photographs of our must recent intramural champions.
The Recreational Sports Department will provide sufficient game equipment for most sports. However, for practice, individuals are encouraged to use their own equipment or check it out from the Mark Twain Equipment Room.
The UMSL Recreational Sports Department is intent on keeping the Intramural Program a true student enterprise. It is with this philosophy in mind that officiating by students is encouraged.
Students are hired, trained, and paid to officiate and keep score for intramural sports leagues, tournaments and special events throughout the school year. These employment opportunities are available to students with an interest in recreational sports. Interested individuals should apply in the Rec Sports Office, 203 Mark Twain.