Intramural Sports Overview
Intended to give participants a chance to just plain have fun, “Open-Rec” events embody the essence of intramurals by inviting all to participate within a casual environment where “spirit of play” and physical activities with friends are the only objectives. These scheduled events encourage students to attend during the scheduled times and play. No individual or team registration is necessary prior to participating. Participants will be randomly placed on a team before the play begins. The types of events range from Flag Football to Capture the Flag and are meant to encourage the core concepts of intramural sports: fun activities and open participation by everyone. Basic rules and guidelines will be forwarded to participants and supervised by Campus Recreation staff; however these events are not intended to adhere so strictly to formalized rules as in intramural leagues/tournaments.
Intramural “challenges” focus on specific skills/aspects of a sport and place participants in a situation where they are competing more with themselves in an effort to maximize their personal best in that skill and less with the other participants in the competition. Awards/Recognition will be given to the top participants in each division (see the CR calendar or staff for details and divisions offered), however, skill development and remaining poised under pressure (time limits, number of attempts, etc) are the primary goals of these intramural competitions.
The instructional clinics offered through Intramural Sports provide learning opportunities for participants to improve their skills and knowledge of a particular sport or activity. With the assistance of various sport clubs on campus, these clinics, workshops and skill sessions are offered to individuals of all skill levels with the ultimate goal of introducing new participants to a specific sport and providing networking opportunities between them and the sport clubs on campus.
Two Intramural leagues offer CI students the opportunity to stick with a specific team for multiple weeks in an effort to accumulate as many wins as possible prior to earning a place in a playoff tournament with other teams from the same league. These leagues normally run six to eight weeks long.
Channel Islands Leagues
CI Leagues abide by National Intramural Recreation Sports Association (NIRSA) rules and regulations. NIRSA promotes friendly competition between college campuses across the nation and holds regional and national tournaments in various sports throughout the year. Through these leagues, our campus hopes to send either the league champion and/or an “all-star” team to one of these regional NIRSA tournaments in the very near future.
Dolphin Leagues will have some modifications from the NIRSA rules and regulations. For example, a Dolphin Basketball League may be 3-on-3 as opposed to regular 5-on-5 play. The rules themselves may be modified in order to accommodate a deviation in players or rules. These leagues are considered to be more casual in hopes of attracting more novice participants who do not wish to compete in a regional or national tournament but instead just want to enjoy a spirited and fun competition on campus.
Intramural leagues will end in a playoff tournament. Tournaments are either single or double elimination depending on the number of teams participating and the availability of facilities. In order for an individual to be eligible for playoff competition, he/she must be listed on the official team roster used during league play and have played in at least two (2) games during the regular season. A regular season win due to a forfeit will be considered a played game and all players listed on the roster will be considered to have been present at the contest. The playoff schedule for all leagues will be based on the final rankings of the teams and team sportsmanship ratings. Once the playoff tournament schedule is posted, games cannot be postponed or changed. The intramural staff reserves the right to make changes to the tournament schedule due to inclement weather or facility availability. A qualifying system for playoffs is adhered to, a Sportsmanship rating of 3.0 or higher is required for all teams to qualify for the playoffs regardless of the level of play. Please see the Sportsmanship rating section of the IM Handbook for more details on how these points are assigned.
Tournaments provide a variety of structured sporting events to satisfy as many skill levels as possible and are offered throughout the year. The two types of tournaments offered include: One Day & Multi-Day Tournaments.
Channel Islands Tournaments
CI Tournaments abide by National Intramural Recreation Sports Association (NIRSA) rules and regulations.
Dolphin Tournaments will have some modifications from the NIRSA rules and regulations. For example, a Dolphin Basketball Tournament may be 3-on-3 as opposed to regular 5-on-5 play. The rules themselves may be modified in order to accommodate a deviation in players or rules. These tournaments are considered to be more casual in hopes of attracting more novice participants who do not wish to compete in a regional or national tournament but instead just want to enjoy a spirited and fun competition on campus.
Levels of Play
Intramurals will offer two skill levels of competition: competitive and recreational. If there are not enough teams registered for a specific skill level, the two classifications may be combined so a league/ tournament may still proceed. Each player or team is encouraged to select the level that best suits his or her skill and interest. Below are descriptions of the two skill levels and the playoff qualifying system for each (A Sportsmanship rating of 2.5 or higher is required for all teams to qualify for the playoffs regardless of the level of play. Please see the Sportsmanship rating section of this guidebook for more details on how these points are assigned to an intramural team.)
For players who know the rules of the sports, whose skill level is average to above average, and/or who want to compete in a competitive environment. In individual and dual competition these individuals may be familiar with tournaments and are interested in the higher competition.
For players who are learning the rules of the sport and want to participate at a comfortable pace that is pre-determined by the group ahead of time. This division designed for participants who are mostly interested in playing for pure enjoyment of physical activity. These leagues are geared towards participation, and at times learning the rules of the sport, as opposed to strictly competition.
Every Channel Islands league or tournament will consist of divisions which the participant is able to choose from. Dolphin leagues and tournaments have the ability to only offer one division if decided upon by Campus Recreation staff. In some cases, divisions will be combined in order for the league or tournament to proceed. This decision will be made by Campus Recreation staff after evaluating the number of teams registered in the divisions in question. Within each division (Men’s, Women’s, Co-Rec and Open), players may only participate with one team in the same league/tournament. Players from the opposite gender may not participate on all-women’s or all-men’s teams unless a league does not exist for their own gender.
All members of the team must be of the female gender. These teams will only be required to compete against teams in the Women’s division.
All members of the team must be of the male gender. These teams will only be required to compete against teams in the Men’s division.
Teams of this division must be compiled of both men and women. An equal ratio of men and women may or may not be required depending on the type of event. However, each event requires a member of each gender to be on the court, field, or playing area during all times of the game. (See specific sport rules for details)
Teams can be compiled of any number of men and women and there is no minimum number of men or women that must be playing at any given time.