General Intramural Rules

Recreation Services




General Intramural Rules

General Rules:

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Department of Recreation Services is to provide opportunities for physical activity.  We achieve this by offering a wide range of programs and services that encourage a healthy lifestyle. 

Fair Play Code:
Everyone who uses our Fair Play Facility should:
   Demonstrate respect for all individuals
   Respect the facility in which you participate
   Share equipment, space and facilities willingly
   Maintain self-control at all times
   Condemn violence and harassment in all forms
   Always attempt to contribute to the betterment of the Brock Intramural experience
 
Players: Should compete to the best of their ability within the limits of the rules.
All players will:
   Participate for the love and enjoyment of the game
   Respect the efforts and accomplishments of your opponents
   Respect their teammates and do their best to be a true team player
   Respect all players, coaches/captains, officials, spectators and administrator
   Respect and play by the rules of the game
 
Spectators: should maintain a supportive atmosphere that positively motivates players, coaches/captains, officials and other spectators. 
All spectators will:
   Encourage players to play according to the rules
   Refrain from negative communication with players, officials, administrators and other spectators
   Show respect for their teams’ opponents because without them there would be no game
   Never influence the outcome of an event or game and must never pose a distraction to players, coaches/captains and officials
   Remain in the spectators’ section and refrain from entering the playing area at all times
 
Officials: will make sure that every player has a reasonable opportunity to perform to the best of his or her ability, within the limits of the rules.
All officials will:
   Apply rules of the game with consistency, courtesy, intelligence and firmness without provoking antagonism
   Maintain a healthy atmosphere and environment for safe competition
   Not tolerate unacceptable conduct towards themselves, other officials, player coaches/captains and spectators
   Maintain impartiality at all times
   Avoid or terminate any situation that threatens the safety of the players, coaches/captains, spectators or other officials
 
Coaches/Captains: must act as a team leader. He or she must encourage, motivate and assist in developing players to achieve their maximum potential. 
All coaches/captains will:
   Teach players to play fairly and respect the rules, officials, spectators and players
   Work in cooperation with the officials for the benefit of the game
   Recognize and respect the differences in their players
   Not ridicule or degrade players for any reason
   Encourage and reward effort, fair play, participation and commitment
 
FAIRPLAY is for EVERYONE!
Failure to abide by our CODE OF FAIR PLAY will result in the review or removal of individuals/teams and privileges.
ELIGIBILITY:
1.     Submit your team entry form and fee to the Welcome Desk during the registration time found in the Campus Recreation Brochure. In case of a league filling, teams will be accepted on a waiting list. If spots open up, the first team on the waiting list will be accepted.
2.     Only players listed on the entry form may play. Additions are made by signing the roster before taking part in the game (subject to individual sport regulations). No additions may be made in the last game of the season.
3.     To be eligible for playoffs, a player must have participated in at least 2 nights of league play (3 for ice hockey.)
4.     Players may only play for one team per sport. Penalty is disqualification of individual plus forfeit of one-half of Performance Bond and points incurred in contest in which the ineligible player performed. A person may play on only one single-sex team (men's/women's) and one co-ed team per sport.
5.    **NEW** Varsity players may not take part in intramural competition in the sport they play intercollegiately in season. No more than any combination of one current varsity or ex-varsity players from any post-secondary institution may play on the same team. Definition of ex-varsity: played within previous 2 school years (i.e. in 2010-2011 - played in '08-'09 or '09-'10). Exceptions are listed on individual sport rules.
6.     Varsity (and ex-varsity) players must indicate their status on the team sign-up sheet and must play in the Competitive A division.
7.     Each participant must posess: (i) a valid Brock I.D. card as a present full or part-time student, or (ii) a current Walker Complex facility membership.
8.     All participants must bring their student/membership card to each Intramural game, and sign the game sheet. NO EXCEPTIONS.
9.     Proper athletic attire including footwear must be worn. No hats, bandannas or jewelry are allowed to be worn in games. All braces must be covered.
FORFEITS AND POSTPONEMENTS
1.     Five minutes will be allowed for a team or contestant to show up. After this period, a default will be called.
2.     Each sport has very specific default rules. Please read sport specific rules to determine variations. Generally for sports that allow for a lesser number than required to play, both team captains must agree to play and the score stands.
3.     Should a team default one game, the team will automatically lose the contest and forfeit half the Performance Bond. If a second game is defaulted, the team will forfeit the rest of their Bond and will be removed from the league. To be reinstated, ANOTHER bond must be paid.
4.     Any team planning to miss a game must notify the convenor at least 48 hours in advance so that a rescheduled game may be arranged. Games will only be rescheduled due to exam conflicts.
5.     Postponements due to weather are unlikely. Check with the Intramurals Office close to game time, x3742.
PROTESTS
1.     Grounds for Protests:
a.     Where a team can prove the use of an ineligible player.
b.     Improper application of the rules which affect the outcome of a competition.
Protests MAY NOT be registered on the basis of judgment calls or equipment used.
2.     Procedures for Protests:
a.     Protest must be noted on the game card at the time the problem arises. The official and opposing team captain must be notified immediately that the game being played is under protest.
b.     The captain of the protesting team will have 24 hours to present a written protest to the Intramurals Office (WC 215).
c.     Protest must be signed by 4 participating team members.
d.     Campus Rec. will meet with convener, and officials.
e.     Captain will be notified of a decision by phone.
Appeal
          A detailed written appeal and a $30 non-refundable fee must be submitted to the Intramurals Coordinator within 48 hours
          Appeal committee will be formed
          protester will be invited to speak to an appeal committee
          Appeal decision is FINAL!
 
OFFICIALS
Officials are completely in charge of the game. All officials' decisions are FINAL. Officials are instructed to call the game as closely as possible. Abuse of officials WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. Verbal abuse of officials will result in ejection from the game AND a minimum 1-game suspension. (Each case will be handled individually.)
FIGHTING
Striking a player or an attempt to strike a player is considered a fight (with or without a glove).
All unacceptable behavior (fighting) will be dealt with by the Intramural Coordinator on a case by case basis. All players demonstrating unacceptable behavior must meet with the Intramural Coordinator before they are eligible to play again. The captain will be automatically suspended one game as well in all sports.
UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT
Any player, who uses profane language, makes verbal threats or makes demeaning/intimidating remarks (i.e. racist comments) directed at any player or official will be assessed with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and ejected from the game/tournament. All cases of unacceptable behavior will be dealt with by the Intramural Coordinator. All players demonstrating unacceptable behavior must meet with the Intramural Coordinator before they are eligible to play again.
BEHAVIOUR BOND
Some sports require a behavior bond. The purpose of this bond is to prevent unacceptable behavior during the intramural sports season. If your team competes fairly with respect for your opponents, officials and administrators, the bond will be returned to the team in full. If your team, a member of your team, "coach/manager," or spectators with your team displays unacceptable behavior, your team will lose part or all of the Behavior Bond. Decisions regarding the bond and the team's status in the league will be handled by the Intramural Coordinator on a case-by-case basis.
 
Spirit of Competition
What is it?
Sport can teach a lot about life, such as setting goals, teamwork and cooperation; but, these positive values can only be learned when the sport is enjoyable and played fairly. The foundation of the intramural league will be based on the fair play principles of integrity, fairness, and respect.
Specifically, these principles are:
·         Respect the rules;
·         Respect the officials and their decisions;
·         Respect your opponent
·         Maintain your self-control at all times.
Who is Involved?

Every participant, official and convener will have an active part in upholding these principles. A team's fair play will be measured through a rating structure of +2, +1, 0, -1, and -2, called Spirit of Competition ratings (SOC). These scores are an indication of how well a team has upheld the principles of fair play in a game.

Who Awards Points?

During the regular season, captains rate the opponents and referees and conveners rate both teams. At the beginning of each game, team ratings start at "0" and stay "0" for average, go up for positive and down for negative fair play behavior. All scores will be added up throughout the regular season and this will give a team its final SOC rating total. In the playoff season, only the referees and convener will carry out the SOC ratings of teams.
Regular Season
Teams must have an average Spirit of Competition rating of +1.0 or better at the end of the regular season or they will be removed from the league and not continue in the playoff season. Teams that accumulate enough negative totals during the regular season that eliminate them from the possibility of playoff season, will be removed from the league immediately. The remainder of their games will be forfeits.

Playoffs
Teams can only advance if they win the playoff game and earn a "0" or a positive rating. If a team does win the playoff game and earns a negative rating they will forfeit the game to the losing team. The losing team can only advance if they receive a "0" or a positive rating. If the losing team earns a negative rating, the next round of playoffs becomes a bye.
+2 Excellent
*              Excellent team sportsmanship towards opponents and officials.
*              Entire team in self-control at all times
*              No major penalties/incidents.
*              Penalties are next to none, i.e. 0 to few.
+1 Good
 Team maintains a good attitude towards opponents and officials most of the game – no conflict at all.
*              Entire team in self-control for the game.
*              No major penalties/incidents.
*              Penalties are very few (lower than average)
+1 grade is given, to the team who shows up, in the case of a Default
0 Average    (Starting point for rating teams)
             Negative attitudes are limited to an individual rather than the entire team.
*              Lack of self-control is limited to individual, not the entire team
*              No major penalties/incidents and average number of penalties.
-1 Poor
*              Lack of respect shown towards opponents and officials. Use of profane and/or vulgar language.
*              More than one team member shows lack of self-control.
*              Major penalty (ies) and more than average number of penalties.
If an ejection has occurred the teams will automatically receive a -1
-2 Not Acceptable
*              Terrible team sportsmanship toward opponents and officials. Frequent use of profane and/or vulgar language, acts of verbal or physical intimidation.
*              The majority of the team shows lack of self-control and respect for opponents and/or officials.
*              Major penalties have been awarded and numerous amount of penalties.
If a fight has occurred the teams will automatically receive a -2
A Grade of N/A will be given to a team that Defaults
 
Brock University Intramurals
 
Recreation Services
 
Welcome Desk- For payment and general questions call
905-688-5550 x3387
 
Intramural Office: For specific questions
WC 215 | 905-688-5550 x3742
M-TR 12pm-4pm
 
Assumption of Risk
By voluntarily participating in Brock's Recreation Services programs, all participants assume risk of injury. Brock University does not accept responsibility for injury or loss incurred by any person participating in activities organized and administered by Recreation services.
 
Informed Consent
For programs, and Intramural sports, you will be required to read and sign the informed consent, located on your team entry form.
          No player will be eligible to play on an Intramural team, unless they have signed the team sheet BEFORE playing in a game.
 
ID CARDS
  • All players must bring their current Brock student ID or Facility Membership card to each game.
  • If a player does not produce their ID, he/she will not be eligible to play.
  • If a player is caught with improper or false ID, the player will be ejected from the game.
  • All ID's will be held for the duration of the game.
Eligibility
Who can play?
          All full time or part time students with a valid Brock student ID.
          All faculty and staff who have a facility membership.
          All alumni who have a Walker Complex facility membership.
How often can I play?
          You may play for 1 team per activity.
          eg. You may play for one single-sex (men’s/women’s) team and one co-ed team only, per sport.
Playoffs:
          To be eligible for playoffs, a player must have participated in at least 2 of the team’s league games; 3 games for ice hockey. (Specific rules apply for some sports.)
 
Captain’s Responsibilities
          Ensure the eligibility of team players
          Attend meetings and pay fees and bonds
          Pick up bonds
          Relay schedule changes to your players
          Inform all players of policies, procedures and rules.
          Ensure players sign game sheet, and captain signs to verify score
          Notify Campus Recreation if your team is going to default
          Sign out equipment if needed
          Insure officials are treated with respect
 
Your Sports Convenor Can:
          answer question or concerns about the league
          clarify rules for you
          make you aware of schedule changes
          listen to recommendations and suggestions
 
Recommended Minimum #’s of Players
Fall Sports:
Outdoor Soccer – 10
Co-ed Outdoor Soccer – 10 (5,5)
Slow-Pitch – 12 (6,6)
Ultimate Frisbee – 10 (5,5)
Ball Hockey – 10
Co-ed Ball Hockey – 10 (5,5)
4s Volleyball – 6
Co-ed 4s Volleyball – 6 (3,3)
Inner-tube Water polo – 10 (5,5)
 
Fall/Winter Sports:
Ice Hockey – 11
Basketball – 8
Co-ed Basketball - 8 (4,4)
Co-ed Indoor soccer – 10 (5,5)
Women’s Indoor Soccer – 8
Indoor Ultimate – 10
 
Winter Sports:
Underwater Hockey – 10 (5,5)
Co-ed 6’s Volleyball – 8 (4,4)
Men’s Indoor Soccer – 8
Co-ed Broomball – 10 (5,5)
Dodge ball – 10 (5,5)
 
Different Levels Of Play
Competitive B
          For players who have experience in sport (high school team) and wish to have a competitive yet fun experience.
Competitive A
          For players who are highly experienced in sport (ex varsity, Jr. hockey).
 
Moving Teams to Other Divisions
If you entered the wrong division:
                The convener and captain will discuss moving to a different division
If you Changed divisions:
          must occur no later than the end of the 2nd week of the schedule
          Teams are moved because of not fitting into level of play (very good or very bad)
          Decision is made by convenor, officials, and team captain.
          Standings and point will be transferred to the new league
NOTE: The divisions offered in a league will be dependent on the number of teams entered.
 
Performance Bond and Entry Fee
 
Entry Fee
          offsets some of the cost to administer the league you play in
          cost includes equipment purchase, officials, convener & facility cost (in some cases)
 
 
Performance Bond
          1 default = lose of 1/2
          2 defaults lose of all bond and out of league
Example:
          Fight = lose of 1/2 bond
          2nd Fight = lose of all bond and out of league
 
Behaviour Bond
Some sports require a behaviour bond. The purpose of this bond is to prevent unacceptable behavior during the intramural sports season. If your team competes fairly with respect for your opponents, officials and administrators, the bond will be returned to the team in full. If your team, a member of your team, “coach/manager”, or spectators with your team displays unacceptable behavior, your team will lose part or all of the Behavior Bond. Decisions regarding the bond and the team's status in the league will be handled by the Intramural Coordinator on a case-by-case basis
League Standings
          IF there is a tie in points the team with the most wins will receive the higher seed
          IF teams are still tied the team with the least number of defaults will receive the higher seed
          IF teams are still tied the team with the higher Spirit of Competition average will receive the higher seed
          IF teams are still tied they will be randomly seed
 
Information you can get from the Web
          Team schedules
          League standings
          Directions to games (Ice Hockey/Broom Ball)
          Other information posted on the message board
          You can also contact the Intramural Department by clicking on “Contact Us”
 
Officials
Can I officiate and play?
YES
          Preferably you officiate on a different night in which you play
 
ZERO TOLERANCE ON DISRESPECT OF OFFICIALS
Disrespect of officials includes:
          Verbal or non-verbal insults at an official
          Invading an official’s personal space
          Physical abuse
          Attempting to influence, intimidate or manipulate an official.
          Post game confrontations with an official
Remember:
          Even if you do not agree with a call, without the officials you would not be able to participate in the Intramural Program!
          Without the student officials we would not have an Intramural program.
 
 
Alcohol Policy
Any player deemed to be playing under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be asked to leave by the official or convener.
Should the player refuse, the team captain shall be responsible to ensure the player leaves the playing area.
If this fails, the game will be stopped, the team will be given a default and the police will be called.
 
Offenses and Sanctions
Fighting
          a fight is defined as: one punch thrown at an opponent or an attempt to throw a punch.
          1st infraction: minimum automatic 3 game suspension and loss of 1/2 of teams performance bond/Behavior Bond
          2nd infraction (by same player): minimum automatic expulsion from league, attending a disciplinary meeting and the team is removed form the league
 
Intent to Injure
          Any player deliberately attempting to injure another player will receive a minimum of a 1 year suspension from the Intramural program and forfeit Behavior Bond
 
Offenses toward Official
          Physical Abuse (or Attempted)
         minimum one year suspension and forfeit of Behavior Bond
          Verbal Abuse
         minimum one game suspension and forfeit of Behavior Bond
 
Willful Facility/Equipment Damage
          player will be billed for the cost of all damages (a hold will be placed on you Brock records)
          may be criminally charged by the police
 
Ineligible Players
          If a player plays on a second team, the second team will be charged with a loss for that game, and will lose half of their bond.
          If an ineligible player plays in a playoff game, the team will lose half of their bond and will be removed from playoffs
 
Varsity Players
No Varsity player or student practicing consistently with a varsity or Brock club team may participate in intramural competition in their sport, in-season.
          Team will be charged with a default - lose game and half bond
No more than one ex-varsity/current varsity players from any post-secondary institution may register and play for the same team in their sport.
          Team will be charged with a default - lose game and half bond
 
Definition of Ex-Varsity and Varsity
Varsity
          Currently on an OUA/CIS eligibility list of any varsity or club team or currently practices on a regular bases with a varsity or club team.
Ex-varsity
          any player who appeared on a OUA/CIS eligibility list within the past two school years.
 
Equipment Sign-out
Some equipment is available for team member to sign out from the cage, It must be returned in the same condition.
Damaged equipment costs will be billed to the player who signed out the equipment or team shirts.

To all Participants and Spectators - Please refain from cell phone and "iPod" use during Intramural activities (including warm ups).