Spirit of Competition

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Spirit of Competition

What is it?
Sport can teach a lot about life, such as setting goals, teamwork and cooperation. 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 convenor 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 (S.O.C). 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 convenors 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 behaviour. All scores will be added up throughout the regular season and this will give a team its final S.O.C rating total. In the playoff season, only the referees and convenor will carry out the S.O.C 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 will be given a higher ranking according to: win/loss record, higher net difference, higher total fair play rating, higher total fair play rating from officials, win in a head to head match. 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 postive rating. If the losing team earns a negative rating, the next round of playoffs becomes a bye.