Intramural Sports Handbook
INVITATION TO ACTIVITY
The Hope College intramural program is planned
to offer a variety of individual and team events in three divisions:
men, women, and coed.
It is my wish that our program in its diversity will invite each of
you to participate in at least one event during the academic year.
Participation in the intramural program is organized through teams.
Teams of individuals from your immediate residence area, classes, or
friends compete the entire year for the same goal.
I am sure you will enjoy your participation in the intramural program.
In Health Dynamics you learn about the benefits of exercise. In the intramural
program you have the opportunity to exercise with new and old friends
within an organized structure of physical activity. For all of the benefits
of the intramural program, I would like to challenge each of you to achieve
a participation level higher than ever before in your life. See you in
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
The purpose of the HOPE COLLEGE intramural program
is to provide an opportunity for all students, faculty, and staff,
regardless of skill level, to take
part in a well-organized program of sporting activities.
All individuals are urged to participate in as many IM sports as time,
interest, and knowledge allow. The overall success of the program depends
on each participant's full commitment to the activity by showing up for
each scheduled contest and playing to the best of one's ability in a
The following objectives may be obtained through participation in the
Hope College IM Program:
- To provide an opportunity to spend one's leisure time in organized
sports and recreational activities.
- To develop and/or maintain a physical
- To maintain and/or gain greater physical skill in
- To increase social contacts.
- To test one's physical skill against
- To release mental stress in a positive manner.
- To provide opportunities
for leadership to students.
TEAM ELIGIBILITY RULES
- All students currently enrolled at Hope College are eligible to participate
in the intramural program except as listed in Rules 15, 18, and 20.
- Faculty/staff may play on an IM team as well as graduates of Hope
- Seminary students/faculty may play on an IM team, however, a proper
Dow pass will be necessary if the sport takes place in the Dow Center.
- There will be no maximum membership indicated for a team roster;
however, the most needed on any given sport/activity team is ten players.
- It is recommended that individuals remain on the same team for the
academic year to give the team the best chance of winning the Outstanding
- Additions to IM team rosters after the start of a season are permitted,
provided the individuals have not been registered previously with
another IM team, all IM rules have been observed, and the Dow office
An addition must be reported on an entry form and placed in the IM
tray on the counter in the Dow office before game time if the new participant
plans to play during that evening's contest. A team member must play
in at least one of the team's regular season contests to be eligible
to participate in any play-off or tournament contests.
FORMING TEAM REGULATIONS
- In order to enter all sports/activities throughout the year, organize
your roster (students-faculty-staff-Seminary) according to the number
necessary for that sport. (See IM Partcipation and Entry Points.)
If you are having difficulty finding a team on which to participate,
other students or contact the IM Director.
- Fill out an IM roster entry form with all team members listed. To
register your team, return the completed entry form to the Dow office.
on playing times and days must be made very clear on your team entry
- Choose from the names on the roster a team manager/captain. (See
IM Team Managers and Captains.)
- Keep the same team name the entire academic year to have a chance
at winning the Outstanding Team Award. A team is considered the same
as long as it does not add members to its roster who were previously
registered with another team and it keeps the same team name.
- Once there has been an exchange of membership from one team to another,
the team that adds a member who was previously on another roster,
and every team member of that team lose all points and start over again
EXCEPTION: If an individual's team has not entered that IM sport/activity,
then he/she may be borrowed by another team for that sport/activity
without penalty. He/She must return to his/her primary team for the
next IM sport/activity
- To be eligible for competition in a particular IM sport/activity,
the team manager or team captain (see IM Team Managers and Captains)
sign-up their team in the Dow office by 5:00 p.m. on the sign-up
date for that sport. (See the IM Sports Meeting Calendar.) Competition
forms are to be completed with all restrictions on playing times
and days listed carefully. No more than two former varsity or jayvee
of a sport may be on a single roster for that IM sport or related
- No officials will be used in intramural sports. Captains will be
expected to keep their teams under control. A knowledgeable arbitrator
hired for some sports only to settle disputes that cannot be resolved
by the captains. The arbitrator will not be making calls.
- The intramural supervisor will act as an arbitrator in some sports,
but in all sports will be the scorer and/or timer. There will be
no officials hired. Each captain will make sure that the teams make
their own calls.
VARSITY ATHLETE ELIGIBILITY RULES
- No varsity or junior varsity athlete may compete in intramurals during
his/her official sport season, unless he/she is officially dropped from
the varsity/jayvee team.
- If a student is planning to play in or try out for a varsity or junior
varsity sport and has been participating in a given IM sport prior
to the date of the first varsity/jayvee scheduled athletic contest,
that student may "finish out" the given IM sport season if
the coach permits. ("Finish out" shall not exceed 40% of
an intramural team's remaining regular scheduled games.)
- Students who intend to play or try out for a varsity/jayvee sport
in an athletic season later in the academic year may participate in
IM sport or related sports unless they have participated in that
varsity/ jayvee sport in the previous academic year at Hope College
or at some
other college, in which case they must be waived by the intramural
director for participation.
- Participants in a varsity/jayvee sport at Hope College or at some
other college, shall not be eligible to compete in that particular
or related sports during that academic year.
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- A former athlete of a varsity/jayvee sport at Hope College or at some
other college who is not participating in that sport during an academic
or has been cut from or dropped out of the intercollegiate program
is eligible to compete in that IM sport or related sports. However, no
stacking of players
is permitted. Only two former varsity or jayvee players of a sport
are allowed on any one team roster for that IM sport or related sports.
- Any student classified as a professional athlete and barred from varsity/jayvee
competition in a sport shall also be barred from equivalent and/or
related IM sports.
ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING REGULATIONS
- Organizational meetings are mandatory for participation in a particular
sport or activity. The team manager or team captain (or a roster
member substitute) must be in attendance at said meeting, or make other
with the IM Director prior to the meeting, or the team will run the
risk of being disqualified from competition.
- Special rules, procedures, and playing arrangements for the sport
will be arranged and agreed upon at the organizational meeting of team
captains with the IM Director in Dow 201. Check the IM Sports Meeting
Calendar or the IM bulletin board for meeting times. Please be on
- All questions regarding the sport and the tournament structure will
be answered at the organizational meeting.
- If you are not affiliated with a team, but wish to participate, contact
the IM Director before or at the meeting.
- A team member must legally play in at least one regular season contest
to be eligible for playoffs.
- If a team fails to appear at the appointed place, the contest shall
be declared a "no show." If a team is not ready to play (Rule
28) at the scheduled starting time or if a team has one member present,
but falls short of the minimum number (see Participation Numbers and
Entry Points), the contest shall be declared a forfeit. One "no
show" or two forfeits voids all IM team and individual participation
points earned to date in that IM sport/activity season for said parties
and places that team on probation. Once on probation, one additional "no
show" or forfeit will eliminate that team from competition in
- A team forfeits any contest in which it uses an ineligible player.
The responsibility of checking on eligibility rests entirely upon the
manager or team captain. The IM director will check on a player's
eligibility only when requested to do so. The illegal player does not
toward awards for that contest.
- Being ready to play means that a team must have (on the playing site)
the official number of players needed to start a contest in that
sport. The team lineup must be properly recorded on the official score
by the team captain prior to the start time of the contest.
- In sports without a sport supervisor, the team captains shall correctly
enter the scores on the official score sheet and submit same to the
IM Office within 24 hours following the conclusion of said contest.
- Any player or coach ejected from an IM contest by an arbitrator or
the sport supervisor shall be disqualified for the remainder of that
as well as the next regularly scheduled contest. The ejected party
may be subject to further disciplinary action (See Rule 36) if the
feels the individual's unsports- manlike behavior to merit such action.
HEALTH AND SAFETY REGULATIONS
- It is the student's responsibility to consider his/her own state
of health/fitness before becoming involved in intramurals. If you have
about your level of conditioning or readi- ness, you should consult
with the health clinic or your physician. The college cannot be held
for students who participate without a sensible training period.
- The college does not accept responsibility for injuries resulting
from intramural competition. First aid will be the intramural participant's
own responsibility and may be obtained at Holland Community Hospital
at the participant's own expense or at the health clinic during the
hours at the participant's own expense.
- The IM program does not carry insurance to cover those individuals
who are injured while participating in IM contests. It is strongly
that all participants provide themselves with some form of accident
insurance if they are not covered either by their own or their guardian's
- In intramural competition, no one may use equipment hazardous to others,
such as: football equipment, baseball/ softball metal spikes, track spikes,
or any other equipment or devices deemed hazardous by the IM Director,
the sport supervisor, or the game arbitrator.
TIE BREAKER REGULATIONS
- If two or more teams are tied, the following rules will be followed in order
to determine the league regular season standings or the league bonus points
after the playoffs:
- WITHIN POOLS:
- Whoever does not have a "no show" or a forfeit on their total
record. A "no show" is a more serious offense than a forfeit.
- Difference in points scored for vs points scored against
in contests involving just those teams
- Difference in points scored
for vs points scored against in all common contests excluding forfeit
and "no show" contests.
- Flip a coin
- TWO OR MORE POOLS:
If a situation occurs which is not covered above, the IM director will
make a decision on a process to handle it.
- Rank the teams in the playoff tournament bracket according
to wins/loses and/or 35.a.1. above, if possible.
- For teams not in
the playoffs and other situations not covered above, rank the
teams according to percentage of wins. If there
are percentage ties:
- Look at strength of pool
- If "no show" on record, rank below a "forfeit"
- If "forfeit" on
record, rank below playing all games
- Flip a coin
- Any individual who is found guilty of acting in an unsportsman-
like manner may be disqualified from all IM participation for
of the individual's college career, or any part thereof. The opinion
of the game official or the sports supervisor will be the deciding
factor in the suspension of a participant. However, all suspensions
will be reviewed by the IM director. If another member of the
team is a party to the unsportsmanlike conduct, that individual
team may be barred from IM participation for the balance of the
year or any part thereof. Some examples of the infractions which
be considered as an unsportsmanlike act are:
- Playing under an assumed name.
- Playing illegally on more than
- Misrepresenting a score.
- Being a varsity/jayvee participant
and withholding the fact.
- Willfully taking action to injure an
- Playing "out of position" to gain unfair
advantage in IM sports where ability is an important part of
- Behaving grossly or unruly at an IM contest either
as a player, coach or spectator.
- Using swear words toward another
or swearing loudly.
- Any other unsportsmanlike or unacceptable
action displayed in any manner or degree.
- Lineups for matches in tennis should, as a matter of honor,
be ranked according to ability by the team's captain.
- No protest will be considered which concerns itself with the
question of judgment exhibited by an arbitrator or the sport
an IM contest.
- All protests, other than those concerning eligibility, must
be made at the contest site at the time of the dispute to the
(an arbitrator or sport supervisor) indicating that the game
or contest is being continued under protest along with the rationale
The proper official will take time to write a note on the
back of the score sheet before the game is resumed. Said protest
must be signed
by the official and both opposing captains. The signatures
show that each party knows of the protest. It does not hold you
to what is written
on the protest. No consideration will be given to a formal
protest that has not been made in the manner described above.
In most instances
problems can be satisfactorily resolved on the site by the
IM sport supervisor or game arbitrator.
- All protests, except those regarding eligibility, must be made
in writing and given to the IM director within twenty-four hours
the contest in which the protest arose. If a protest is filed
after the standard 24 hour time period, it must further include
for why the protest should be considered when it is beyond
the usual 24-hour period.
- A contest in which a non-eligibility protest is sustained,
after the IM director has reviewed it shall be replayed from
actual point and condition of the game as was in force at
the time of the protest or, as in softball, from the beginning
of the half
inning in which the protest occurred. A team found to have
used an ineligible player shall have voided any victory gained
in any contest
in which the ineligible player participated.
CONTEST POSTPONEMENT REGULATIONS
- With an extraordinary circumstance prevailing, it may be possible
to reschedule a contest should conditions permit. A scheduled contest
may be postponed only by unanimous agreement of both team captains
and the IM director. Such a postponement must be done not less than
twenty-four hours prior to the originally scheduled contest time to
enable adequate notification to all parties affected by the postponement.
With the large number of entries, the comparatively short playing
seasons, and the limited playing facilities, the requests for postponement
must be kept to a minimum. No game will be rescheduled if a request
by either team to postpone occurs on the originally scheduled date.
IM AWARDS SYSTEM
SPORTS/ACTIVITIES CHAMPIONSHIP AWARDS
- The members of the championship team in each IM sport/activity
will receive a championship IM T-shirt. A team member must have
in at least 50% of the team's regular season contests or, if
a playoff is held in a sport, participated in at least one regular
contest and in one playoff contest to be eligible to receive
a championship IM T-shirt for that sport. However, a team member
for an IM T-shirt award will receive individual participation
points for each of the contests participated in which will accumulate
the Outstanding Individual Award. No individual may receive
more than two IM T-shirts during the academic year.
IM TEAM MANAGERS AND CAPTAINS
If an IM team
is to receive maximum benefit and the best success in the IM
program it must select a responsible person to serve as the
IM team manager or captain. This person is the chief coordinator
for all items of business between the team and the IM office
including such responsibilities as:
- Becoming knowledgeable in all IM matters by frequenting the
IM bulletin board located in the gym hall of the Dow Center,
calling the IM
office (x7956) or the IM director (x7694), and attending the
organizational meeting for each sport. (See the IM Sports Meeting
- Communicating to your team all the important information
- Registering your team by placing all team member's
names on an IM roster entry form and returning it to the Dow
restrictions listed regarding times and days of competition.
- Entering your team in the desired sports on or before the posted
sign-up date for entries. (See the IM Sports Meeting
- Being a positive and active IM participant
and promoter by doing everything possible to keep your team
for the annual Outstanding
Team Award as well as encouraging individuals to seek
the Outstanding Individual Award.
- Seeing that each sport/activity
team has a capable captain, if not yourself. Experience has
shown that teams having
the best level of
participation have had excellent team captains.
do the following or instruct a TEAM CAPTAIN to:
- Notify the team members of the date, time, and place
of each contest.
- See that team members are
on hand for all contests at the scheduled time.
- Be thoroughly familiar with the eligibility rules as contained
in the IM handbook and abide by them.
- Write the full name
of each player on the score sheets before each game.
- Be knowledgeable
of the sport rules.
Only those students who are
vitally interested and have the time and ability to organize
a group should be appointed or elected as team
managers or team captains. Inadequate managers or captains will
be asked to relinquish their duties to someone better able to
shoulder the responsibility.
IM CONTEST ARBITRATOR
QUALITIES OF AN ARBITRATOR
- In IM sports/activities where there is fast action, potential physical
contact between opponents, and team sizes of five or more players,
an arbitrator will be assigned to a contest.
An arbitrator is a student employed by the IM program and selected
on his/her ability to make good, quick decisions and knowledge of
the rules. With some sports/activities the sport supervisor is also
PROCEDURES FOR HIRING AND FIRING
- Individuals interested in arbitrating in the IM program must contact
the IM Director. A contest arbitrator is a paid position. Arbitrators
are subject to removal by the IM Director based on input by IM team
managers, captains, and supervisors.