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.
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. I am sure
you will enjoy your participation in the intramural program!
Mary Vande Hoef
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
sportsmanlike manner. Know that you play intramural sports at your own risk, and Hope College is not responsible for injuries that occur during intramural play.
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 below in the Varsity Athlete
Eligibility Rules section of the handbook.
- 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.
- 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 submitted using a Roster Addition Form, which
can be found online, before game time if the new participant plans
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-alumni*) according to
the number necessary for that sport. (See Partcipation Rules)
If you are having difficulty finding a team on which to participate,
other students or contact the IM Director. *Alumni is anyone who attended Hope for one full semester. Do not have to have attended for four years.
- Fill out an IM roster entry form with all team members listed. To
register your team, submit the "Team Roster Registration" form online.
This form will only be usable during Sign-Up periods, so pay attention
to those dates.
Clearly mark who your team's captain is. Restrictions
on playing times and days must be made very clear on your team entry
- The team name you choose must be APPROPRIATE. If the IM Director
does not approve of your team's name you risk it being changed without
- To be eligible for competition in a particular IM sport/activity,
the team captain (see IM Team Captains)
attend the captain's meeting and sign-up their team using the online
form by 5:00 p.m. on the final sign-up date for that sport. (See the
forms are to be completed with all restrictions on playing times
and days listed carefully.
- No more than two former varsity
or jv players
of a sport may compete at the same time for a team. There is
an unlimited amount that can be on a roster for that IM sport
or related sports, but the IM Worker will mark who the former varsity/jv
players are and you will not be able to have more than two on the
court/field at the same time. This policy WILL be enforced. Teams with former varsity players on them must sign up for More Competitive leagues (when there are enough teams for there to be separate playoffs). Teams with multiple former JV players must also be in more competitive leagues. ONE former JV player may be on a less competitive roster.
- No officials will be used in intramural sports. Captains will be
expected to keep their teams under control. A knowledgeable arbitrator
(IM Worker) will be
present only to settle disputes that cannot be resolved
by the captains. The IM Worker will not be making calls.
VARSITY & JV
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/jv team. If the player is cut before ever making the
team (freshmen), they are NOT considered a "former player". However,
if a player is cut after having been on a team in a previous year,
a "former player" and must abide by those rules. This
includes non-traditional seasons, unless otherwise specified by the
head coach of their
- 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/jv scheduled athletic contest,
that student may "finish out" the given IM sport season if
the varsity head coach permits. ("Finish out" shall not exceed
40% of an intramural team's remaining regular scheduled games.)
- Participants in a varsity/jv sport at Hope College, shall not
be eligible to compete in that particular IM sport
if any portion of the intramural season corresponds to their varsity
or jv season (traditional or non-traditional) or related sports during
that academic year. If the ENTIRE intramural season is
outside of their season (traditional or non-traditional) and the varsity
head coach approves, then ONE varsity/jv athlete may be on a roster.
Related IM Sports
||Softball & Baseball
- As a reminder, teams are limited to 2 former Hope College varsity/jv athletes
of a sport on the court/field at one time. If
an out of season, active player is on the IM roster (because it has
been approved by the sport's varsity head coach), and is on the court/field,
then only ONE former athlete in that sport may be on the court at a time,
for a total
of two former/active
athletes. This rule is to prevent the stacking of teams and to keep
- Any student classified as a professional athlete and barred from varsity/jv
competition in a sport shall also be barred from equivalent and/or
related IM sports.
CAPTAIN'S MEETING REGULATIONS
- Captain's meetings are mandatory for participation
in a particular sport or activity. The team manager or team captain
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 captain's meeting with
the IM Director in Dow 204. Check the IM Calendar for these meeting
dates. Please be on
- All questions regarding the sport and the tournament structure will
be answered at the captain's 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." One no
show places that team on probation. Once on
probation, one additional no
show will eliminate that team from competition in
- If a team has contacted their opponent
to cancel AND contacted the IM Supervisor for the evening (see IM Staff
page), the game is considered a forfeit,
and is a loss
A forfeit will also be given if a team is
not ready to play at the scheduled starting time (IM Worker's discretion
will be used) or if a team falls short of the minimum
number of participants (see Participation Numbers).
- A team forfeits any contest in which it uses an ineligible player
(they are a member of another IM team in that sport, or are a current/former
varsity/jv player who puts you over the allowable number). The responsibility
of checking on eligibility rests entirely upon the
team captain. The IM director will check on a player's eligibility
only when requested to do so.
- 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. Each member of
the team must check in with the IM Worker and show their HOPE ID prior
to the start of the game.
- In sports without an IM Worker present, the team captains shall correctly
enter the scores on the official score sheet and submit it to the
IM Office within 24 hours following the conclusion of said contest.
- Any player or coach ejected from an IM contest by an IM Worker/Supervisor
shall be disqualified for the remainder of
as well as the next regularly scheduled contest. The ejected party
may be subject to further disciplinary action if the
feels the individual's unsportsmanlike behavior merits 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 readiness, you should consult
with the health clinic or your physician. The college is not responsible
for students who participate injured, or without a sensible
- 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
- Hope College is not responsible for any personal items that are lost or stolen during intramural competition. If you take items of your own, make sure they're secure during games and that you locate them following the game. It is recommended that if you take personal items, you keep them in a bag near your bench while competing.
- In intramural competition, no one may use equipment hazardous to
others, such as: football equipment, baseball/softball metal spikes,
or any other equipment or devices deemed hazardous by the IM Director,
IM Supervisor, or IM Worker.
TIE BREAKER REGULATIONS
- If two or more teams are tied after the regular season, the following
rules will be followed in order to determine the pool's regular season
for the playoffs. In certain sports, the top teams in each pool will
receive a bye in the first round of the playoffs. The tie breaker criteria
is as follows:
WITHIN POOLS TO DETERMINE SEEDING:
- Head-to-head winner, if the two teams played during the regular
- 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.
- Point differential versus
the highest seeded team that both have played.
- Flip a coin
If a situation occurs which is not covered above, the IM director
will make a fair and appropriate decision.
- Any individual who is found guilty of acting in an unsportsmanlike
manner may be disqualified from all IM participation for the remainder
of the individual's college career, or any part thereof. The
of the IM Supervisor/IM Worker will
be the deciding factor in the suspension of a participant. However,
will be reviewed by the IM director. If another member of the
team is a party to the unsportsmanlike conduct, that individual
team may also be barred from IM participation for the balance
of the year or any part thereof. Some examples of the infractions
be considered as an unsportsmanlike act are:
- Playing under an assumed name.
- Playing illegally on more than
- Misrepresenting a score.
- Being a varsity/jv 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.
- No protest will be considered if it concerns the judgment
exhibited by an IM Worker or IM Supervisor during
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
(IM Worker or 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 Supervisor or IM Worker.
- All protests, except those regarding eligibility, must be made
in writing (e-mail) and given to the IM director within twenty-four
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 team risks forfeiting a game they actually won if they used
a non-eligible player. The IM director
will review protested games and make the call. Again,
a team found to have used an ineligible player shall have voided
in a contest
in which the ineligible player participated.
CONTEST POSTPONEMENT REGULATIONS
- IM games will be cancelled if there is inclement weather. This
decision will be made by the IM Director by 3 p.m. on the date
of competition. Such announcements can be found on the IM Website
Homepage. IM GAMES TO BE PLAYED THAT DAY WILL NOT BE RESCHEDULED.
They will be a "no contest" and will not count for or against
the records of those teams. If there is inclement weather during
the playoffs, the IM Director will adjust the schedule at his/her
discretion to fit the remainder of the tournament in.
the large number of entries, the comparatively short playing
postponement cannot be accommodated.
IM AWARDS SYSTEM
- 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
contest and in one playoff contest to be eligible to receive
a championship IM T-shirt for that sport. No individual may receive
more than two IM T-shirts during the academic year. There will be a more & less competitive league in IM sports involving
more than 20 teams. The less competitive league champions will
also win a T-shirt (a different color than the more competitive
league). A different color t-shirt will also be given to individuals
who are winning their
second (final) T-shirt. If there are 40 or more teams in a given sport, there will be 3 leagues in the playoffs: a MORE competitive league (fewer rules for Varsity players or former players/alumni), a competitive league, and a less competitive league.
IM TEAM 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 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 Website and attending
the captain's meeting for each sport. (See the IM Calendar.)
- Communicating to your team all the important information
- Registering your team by placing all team member's
names on an IM Team Roster Registration form and submitting
it online during the registration period (see the IM Calendar)
with accurate restrictions listed
times and days of competition.
- Being a positive and active IM participant
and promoter by doing everything possible to keep your team's
do the following:
- 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.
- Make sure your team has checked in with the IM Worker before
game time WITH THEIR HOPE ID.
- 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 captains. Inadequate
captains will be asked to relinquish their duties to someone better
shoulder the responsibility.
QUALITIES IM WORKERS & SUPERVISORS
- IM WORKERS - The IM Worker is present to handle the check-in
process before games, get the game started, make quick judgments
able to be resolved by teams, and keep track of the score during
the contest. The IM Worker is not there as an official for the
game. They can also contact the supervisor at any time to help
handle injuries, or disputes.
An IM Worker is a student employed by the IM program and selected
on his/her ability to make good, quick decisions and knowledge
of the rules. They shall not be disrespected in ANY way
by captains or players during competition. Such disrespect by a participant
could be the cause for suspension or expulsion from intramural
- IM SUPERVISORS - The IM Supervisors are proven
IM Workers who have shown the capability to handle responsibility,
make quick, direct decisions when
needed and troubleshoot potential situations that arise during
intramural play. They
are called upon to oversee all of the evening's activities for
a given night of intramural competition. The Supervisors are
listed in the IM Staff link, and they should be the person who
captains contact when a team must forfeit (that captain is also
responsible to let the opposing team know by 3 p.m.)
PROCEDURES FOR HIRING AND
- Individuals interested in working for the IM program must contact
the IM Director. Being an IM Worker is a paid position. Workers
are subject to removal by the IM Director based on input by
IM team captains, and supervisors.