Recreational Sports Policies & Procedures

Contents

Section I. General Information

Section II. How to Enter

Section III. Eligibility

Section IV. Rosters

Section V. Captains Responsibilities

Section VI. Forfeits/Defaults

Section VII. Protests

Section VIII. Scheduling of Contests

Section IX. Officials

Section X. Sportsmanship

Section XI. Discipline System

Section XII. Division & Levels of Play

Miscellaneous

 

 Section I. GENERAL INFORMATION

Article I. Assumption of Risk

There are certain risks of injury that are inherent to participation in sports and recreational activities. Injuries may be minor or serious and may result from the actions of inctions of themselves or others. Maintenance of good physical health and appropriate financial planning in the form of insurance in the event of a physical mishap can give you more peace of mind while participating. Each participant will be required to sign an Assumption of Risk waiver prior to participating in any intramural sports.

Article II. Health

The Recreation Services Department believes that participation in recreational sports is a positive, healthy experience that provides enjoyment to our participants. To foster health benefits and maximize enjoyment for participants and student staff, consuming alcoholic beverages before, during, or on site after participation is a violation of University policy. Individuals or teams who violate this policy will not be eligible to participate. All participants are strongly urged to have a yearly medical examination and to carry medical insurance coverage. The Student Health Services has information entitling all students to a special rate from an insurance company. (http://www.subboard.com/smi/)

Article III. Injuries, Open Wounds & Lacerations

Whenever a Recreation Sports participant suffers a laceration or wound where bleeding occurs, the competition shall be stopped at the earliest possible time and the participant will be required to leave the field of play. The participant will not be allowed to return to the competition until the wound has been covered and the bleeding has stopped. Participation in sporting activities may cause injury and exposure to blood borne pathogens. Blood borne pathogens are pathogenic microorganisms that are present in human blood and can cause diseases in humans. These pathogens include, but are not limited to, Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). The recreational sports program will make every effort to minimize exposure to its employees and participants. Because the intramural staff is trained and certified to respond to emergency and blood exposure situations, we ask that they be contacted immediately to respond to injury.

The University and its staff are not held responsible for any injuries incurred while participating or as a spectator in the intramural sports program. All injuries should be reported to the game officials and Head Official. All minor injuries can be handled by the supervisor with a first aid kit of the injured person may go, with assistance, to the Student Health Services for treatment. All major injuries or emergencies will be handled immediately by the Head Official in charge by calling Campus Police at 716-645-2222 and proceeding with First Aid/CPR as needed. Assistance will be sent as soon as possible. Medical expenses incurred such as ambulance, doctor bills and x-rays will be the responsibility of the participant.

Article IV. Website

The UB page on the IM Leagues site (www.imleagues.com/buffalo) will be the primary source of all current and up-to-date recreational sports information. The website shall contain current information regarding entry deadling, meeting dates, event schedules and standings. Participants and team captains are urged to check the website daily to keep posted on current notifications. The intramural sports portion of www.ubbulls.com/recreation, as well as Facebook (www.facebook.com/ubintramuralsports) and Twitter (@UBIMSports) will be a secondary source of information pertaining to Intramural Sports.

Section II. HOW TO ENTER

Article I. Schedule of Events

Each semester's schedule of events, entry deadlines and the starting dates are published before the start of the upcoming semester. Additional activities and information are announced periodically through the Recreation information booklet, Precreational Sports flyers and website (www.ubrecreation.com and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ubintramuralsports). All activities are subject to change.

Article II. How to Enter/Entry Fees

Participants wishing to enter a team may do so by creating a team on www.imleagues.com/buffalo. An entry fee is due at the time of registration for each sport that requires a fee. A team will not be officially registered for an event until the entry fee has been paid online. Furthermore, all team captains must pass the mandatory Captains' Quiz or attend the mandatory Captains' Meeting for each recreational sports event if applicable. Teams that do not attend this meeting will lose any scheduling priority and run the risk of having their registrations cancelled.

Article III. Free Agency

Anyone wishing to play an intramural sport, but does not have a team to enter, may join the Free Agency List and either be asked to play by a team captain or they can attend the captains meeting for the sport they wish to participate and be placed on a team. The intramural staff will not place an individual on a team.

To be put on the Free Agency List, all players must go to www.imleagues.com, log in or create an account and proceed to the league page that you wish to play in. Above the division options will be a link to "Join As Free Agent." Click the link and select all divisions that you are interested in. You will then have an option to submit a message that could include position(s) that you play and/or experience. You must join as a Free Agent for each league that you are interested in. Captains' can go to the Free Agency list and find players to fulfill their rosters. You may also contact the captain of a team that is looking for players.

Captains needing players to fulfill their roster should go to the Free Agency List for their league where they find a list of available players. They can then contact the player through IM Leagues, email or phone number, if provided.

Article IV. Entry Deadlines

Registration deadlines are established to allow enough time to schedule the games and playoff. These deadlines will be strictly enforced. If the deadline has passed for an even in which you are interested, please contact the Assistant Director for Intramural Sports to determine if spaces are available or to be placed on the waiting list for that program. Any registrations accepted after the deadline will be $10 more than the original fee.

Section III. ELIGIBILITY

Article I. Eligibility

Participants are responsible for their own eligibility. Furthermore, each player and team captain is responsible for checking the eligibility of their team members. Inquiring about eligibility in advance of contests precludes delays and potential disqualifications. The Intramural Sports Program will check the eligibility of players if an opposing captain lodges a protest, if the Intramural Sports Department has reason to believe the person in question is not eligible or routinely as the department sees fit.

Article II. Students, Faculty & Staff

All students, faculty and staff members regularly enrolled or working in any department or college of the University are eligible to participate in all intramural events and will remain eligible until they withdraw, graduate or fail to comply with the policies and procedures set forth in this document. Faculty and Staff members must also be Recreation Permit Holders. All other Recreation Permit Holders are not eligible to participate in the Intramural Sports Program. Alumni (having obtained a degree from the University) are eligible to participate with an Alumni Intramural Permit. All participants must present a valid UB Student or Faculty/Staff ID to the recreational sports staff before the start of every scheduled contest. Any required recreation permits or lumni permits must be presented as well. No other form of identification will be accepted. If it is found that an ineligible player has played during any scheduled contest, that contest will be considered a forfeit.

Article III. Assumed Name

Anyone who participates under and assumed name or uses someone else's ID is ineligible and will be suspended for the remainder of that sports season. A team guilty of using such a player will forfeit all contests in which the ineligible player participated.

Article IV. Intercollegiate Team Members and Junior/Community College Athletes

"Active" members, including redshirts and redshirt freshmen of the varsity or other intercollegiate teams are ineligible to participate in the same or related sport for a period of one (1) year from the date of their last intercollegiate competition. "Active" members shall be defined as any athlete who is on an intercollegiate team roster within one week of the intercollegiate team's first scheduled contest. Junior College/Community College athletes who have competed for a junior college or community college team are ineligible to compete in those sports or related sports during the same academic year.

Article V. Professional/Semi-Pro Athletes

Any student, faculty or staff member who is or has been a professional player or athlete is ineligible for 5 years from the date of the last professional participation in that sport or a related sport. A professional/semi-pro player or athlete is defined as one who has received monetary remuneration for his/her athletic services.

Article VI. Sport Club Members

Sport Club members are eligible to participate in recreational team sports. Teams will be limited to two (2) club athletes per team in the same or equivalent sport in which they participate. Club members are those persons who have participated in practices/games with club during the current academic year, paid membership dues to a club or are listed as a member of a club on the Sport Club Roster.

Article VII. High School Players

High School Students enrolled in the Post-Secondary Option Program are not eligible to participate in recreational sport programs.

Article VIII. Penalties

Any team or individual found guilty of violating any of the eligibility rules shall forfeit all contests in which ineligible players participated. Roster additions will not be accepted late due to discovery of ineligible players. The Recreation & Intramural Services Department shall determine an individuals eligibility to engage in future contests.

Article IX. UB ID Cards

All participants must present a valid UB Student or Faculty/Staff ID prior to playing in any recreational sports contest. Players forgetting their ID's will not be able to compete unless they have lost their ID and have stopped by the Member Services Desk (175 Alumni Arena) and received an Intramural Pass for that day.

Section IV. ROSTERS

Article I. Adding Players to Roster

In an effort to reach as many participants as possible, players may be added to the roster at any time up until the roster lock date (last regular season game), provided the new players meet all eligibility requirements. With that, all participants must play in at least 75% of their regular season games to be eligible to participate in playoffs. Players may not be added to rosters after the roster lock date. Team rosters will them be frozen. Any team who uses a player not on their "frozen" roster will forfeit the remainder of ther contests for that season and will have to pay a forfeit fee. Roster additions will not be accepted after the roster lock date even if ineligible players are discovered on the roster that drop the eligible number of participants below the minimum required to play.

Article II. Team Participation

Any individual whose name appears on more than one team roster for the same league is considered to be an official member of that team for which he/she first plays and is not eligible to play for any additional team. An individual may play on only one team in each league. A league is any certain level/type of play. For example, you may only play on one recreational team. However, you may play on a competitive team AND a recreational team. A player listed on a completed score sheet cannot switch teams in the same league for the remainder of that season or tournament. Any player who has played but has not been listed on the roster subjects his/her team to feorfeiture of that game. Any individual that is not listed on the roster will be considered an ineligible participant.

Article III. Transferring Teams

A player wishing to change teams after they have already played for another team will no be allowed to transfer. You must remain with the same team all season long. If, however, you appear on another team's roster but have not played for that team, you may request to transfer to another team. Transfers may only take place up until the start of the third contest. All transfer requests must be approved by the Assistant Director for Intramural Sports.

Section V. CAPTAINS/CO-CAPTAINS RESPONSIBILITIES

Article I. Responsibilities

Each team entering a recreational sports activity must have a captain and/or co-captains. Captains and co-captains must be playing members listed on the official team roster. The captain and/or co-captains should be interested in the welfare of the Recreational Sports Program, as well as that of his/her team. He/she should be a capable and conscientious person who will serve as a liason between the Intramural Sports Office and the team. The role of the captain/co-captains is crutial to the overall relationship between the Recreation and Intramural Services Department and the participants. Team captains' responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  1. Provide an accurate and valid email address and phone number for which to send all correspondences.
  2. Attending mandatory Captains' Meeting before the start of each recreational sport.
  3. Being familiar with the Recreational Sports Handbook Rules & Policies and ensure they are followed.
  4. Maintaining team sportsmanship.
  5. Checking your team's schedule on the IMLeagues website. (Information concerning date, time, location of contest will not be given via telephone from Recreation Member Services due to potential for miscommunication)
  6. Promptly responding to recreational sports staff concerning schedule changes, eligibility inquiries and player ejections.
  7. Representing the team in case of a protest.
  8. Checking email at least 1 time per day and responding appropriately during sport season for any potential wether cancellations, updates and/or changes from the recreational sports staff. (Email is the fastest and easiest way to contact you with this information)
  9. Keeping your address, phone number and email up-to-date on the IMLeagues website.
  10. Notifying the Recreational Sports Office if your team will not be showing for a scheduled contest.
  11. Submitting complete and correct team/player information on all entry forms.

Article II. Contest Rules

Rules & Regulations are designed for the safety and protection of participants. It should be understood that by participating in Intramural Sports contests each individual has agreed to abide by all rules and regulations and is responsible for his/her behavior. All contests shall be governed by recreational sports rules adopted from NCAA, NIRSA, New York State High School Athletic Association or amateur rules. Modifications will be made to adjust for risk, space, time and other constraints. The official rules for each sport will be made available to all participants via the recreational sports website and the IMLeagues website before competition in that sport begins. The Recreational Sports Program reserves the right to institute any rule change and will notify team captains of any changes.

Section VI. FORFEITS/DEFAULTS

Article I. Forfeits/Defaults

Any team or individual that fails to appear for any scheduled contest will be charged with a forfeit. Similarly, a forfeit will result when a team does not have at least the minimum number of players needed to play the activity signed in and ready to play at the appointed playing field by the time of the game. Game time is forfeit time. There is no grace period. It is recommended that teams arrive 15-30 minutes prior to the start of each game in order to allow time to sign in and warm up. All forfeited games will be recorded as a loss. This policy will be unilaterally enforced.  If the field or court is set up late, play will begin within 2 minutes of the completion of set-up. 

Furthermore, for each competition forfeited, a forfeit fee of $5 will have to be paid at the Member Services Desk (175 Alumni Arena) before the start of the team’s next game. After a team forfeits a 2nd time, they will forfeit the reminder of their season.

Article II. Defaults

If a team knows in advance that it will not be able to make a scheduled contest, the captain should contact the Recreation and Intramural Services Department. A default will be granted to each team or individual that has notified the Recreation and Intramural Services Department according to the following deadlines:

  • Games scheduled Monday-Friday→ notification must be received by 12pm on the day of the scheduled game
  • Games scheduled Saturday/Sunday→ notification must be received by 12pm on the Friday before the scheduled game

Captains may contact the Recreation and Intramural Services Department by notifying the Associate Director for Intramural Sports and Sport Clubs by email at mbernas@buffalo.edu. This notification must come from the team captain only. All defaulted contests will be counted as a loss. However, the team will not be charged with a forfeit.

Article III. Dropped from Play

Any team that forfeits a second game will be immediately dropped from play for the remainder of that particular season. Teams are allowed to default one game per season and still remain eligible for competition. Teams that default tournament games in a double elimination tournament will remain eligible unless the defaulted contest results in the second loss. Teams that default more than one game will be dropped from further competition. Forfeited and defaulted contests will not be rescheduled.

Section VII. PROTESTS

Article I. Protests

No protests shall be entertained which concern judgment calls on the part of an official.  Protested games will be immediately stopped. The Head Official on duty will note the score and time left of the game. The captain of the protesting team must then complete a protest form. The Head Official can make a ruling at that time or the protest can be presented to the Associate Director for Intramural Sports and Sport Clubs for further review. Captains of the 2 teams involved will be notified by email of the decision. Games which are protested over the interpretation of rules which are upheld by the Associate Director for Intramural Sports and Sport Clubs, with the infraction believed to have a bearing on the final outcome of the game (in most cases), shall be played from that point, excluding time limit infractions

Article II. Player Eligibility

Any team or individual protesting the eligibility of a player should have sufficient reason to believe that the player is ineligible. To ensure honest sport competition, protests of alleged eligibility violations must be made prior to games to the supervisor rather than waiting to determine the outcome of the contest. The intramural staff will check the eligibility of the accused player during the next business day.

Article III. Rule Interpretation

A coach, manager, or captain can lodge a protest on an official’s or supervisor’s rule interpretation, but must do so at the time of the incident. If a protest is going to be lodged, the manager or captain must inform the supervisor of his/her desire to protest and complete the necessary paperwork.

Article IV. On-Site Procedure

The on-site Head Official will act as an arbitrator and can make a decision on the field. The on-site Head Official has the power to render a decision as he/she deems appropriate. If the protesting party is not satisfied with the decision of the on-site supervisor, they may appeal in writing to the Associate Director for Intramural Sports and Sport Clubs. Protests must be lodged by the team captain at the time of the incident and the proper paperwork should be completed and filed with the supervisor at the end of the game. Any protests lodged after this time will not be considered. All decisions rendered by the Associate Director for Intramural Sports and Sport Clubs are final.

Section VIII. SCHEDULING OF CONTESTS

Article I. Leagues

Some team sport competitions will be offered in a league format. Each team will be scheduled for three to five regular season games (pending time constraints) and a single elimination post-season tournament for all teams that qualify. Leagues will be scheduled based on the Undergraduate Academic Calendar.  Only teams with a Sportsmanship rating of a 2.5 or better during the regular season are eligible for the playoffs. All leagues will be scheduled using an instant scheduling format.  A minimum of four teams is required for all divisions. The Recreation and Intramural Service Department reserves the right to make changes to division schedules as long it does not conflict with the game time of teams involved. If it does, then teams will be notified and given an option that will be more accommodating.

Article II. Tournaments/Playoffs

Upon completion of regularly scheduled league play or in the event of a single or double elimination tournaments it is the responsibility of the team captain to check the tournament brackets posted on the imleagues.com to find the date and time of the next game.

Article III. Postponement

With the exception of inclement weather and facility scheduling conflicts, no contests shall be postponed without the approval of the Associate Director for Intramural Sports and Sport Clubs. Any contest postponed without formal approval shall be recorded as a loss for one or both teams.

Article IV. Rescheduling

Because of the number of teams involved in recreational sports play, there are very limited time frames to complete scheduled contests. Rescheduling of contests is rare. However, if a team is unable to attend a scheduled contest but desires to play that game at another time or date, it may be possible to reschedule. The Recreation and Intermural Services Department cannot guarantee a new playing time. In elimination tournaments, postponed contests must be rescheduled within a period of time that does not delay progress of the tournament itself. If a player or team knows of potential conflicts, notify the Associate Director for Intramural Sports and Sport Clubs by email at ub-intramurals@buffalo.edu as soon as possible. All accommodations will be made by the Recreation and Intramural Services Department to work out these requests. However, if the opposing team does not agree to reschedule, the contest will be played at its originally scheduled date and time.

Article V. Cancellations/Weather

In some cases cancellations may be necessary due to inclement weather or facility scheduling concerns. In the event of inclement weather, check the imleagues website an hour before scheduled game time for an update on the game schedule. Every effort will be made to reschedule cancelled/postponed games as best as space and time permits, however, we may not be able to reschedule all contests. The Recreation and Intramural Services Department makes decisions regarding inclement weather as early as possible. Head officials have the authority to postpone a contest in the event of inclement weather.

Section IX. OFFICIALS

Article I. Officials

The Recreation and Intramural Services Department encourages students from diverse backgrounds to consider employment opportunities within the Recreation and Intramural Services Department. Experience is not necessary (but preferred); the desire to learn and participate is. The Recreation and Intramural Services staff will provide training to all officials. Every official will be required to attend training sessions, which may include:

  • Official clinics and meetings
  • Rules examination
  • Observation of games
  • Continual evaluation and performance feedback

Officials are University at Buffalo students. They assume an important and difficult task. Their role is to produce a healthy sportsmanlike and enjoyable game situation. Therefore, it is the responsibility of all participants to respect the judgment of the official. The Recreational Sports Department will make every effort to obtain the best possible officials. Any student who wishes to work as an official should visit http://www.ubbulls.com/recreation/intramurals/becoming_an_official.

Section X. SPORTSMANSHIP

Article I. Intramural Mission

 

The University at Buffalo Recreation and Intramural Services department is an essential component to the overall mission of the University at Buffalo. Its mission is to provide the students; faculty/staff and Recreation permit holders with an enjoyable and positive intramural experience in an organized and competitive environment. While the game atmosphere is often competitive, ensuring participant safety, providing a fun, social atmosphere, and promoting sportsmanlike behavior among participants, spectators, and team followers are our primary concerns. The game atmosphere should remain good-natured at all times. Participants shall maintain good sportsmanship throughout their participation in all facets of the Intramural program.

Article II. Participant Sportsmanship Guidelines

Players are expected to display good sportsmanship toward opponents and Recreation and Intramural Services staff at all times. A player may be declared ineligible to participate in any organized Rec Sports activity for inappropriate behavior toward Recreation and Intramural Services staff or opponents. Recreation and Intramural Services staff members have the authority to stop any contest when players and/or spectators engage in misconduct (unruly or disorderly behavior). No warning by the Recreation and Intramural Services staff is required. The Recreation and Intramural Services staff member will declare a forfeit against one or both of the teams. Any or all members of the offending team may be suspended from organized Rec Sports activity. Abusive language toward Recreation and Intramural Services staff or opponents, disruption of play, fighting, or striking another individual shall constitute acts of unsportsmanlike conduct. Unsportsmanlike conduct is not limited to these examples.

Any player ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct, depending on the severity of the incident, will be assessed with one or more of the following penalties:

A. Suspension for one or more games

B. Suspension from the league

C. Suspension for the remainder of the semester

D. Suspension from participation in any and all recreational sports for one calendar year.

The team with the ejected player will not be allowed to replace that player. Any person ejected from a game or game site must leave THE GAME site immediately. Any ejected player must contact the Associate Director for Intramural Sports and Sport Clubs either by email at ub-intramurals@buffalo.edu or by stopping into their office during office hours before their next scheduled contest to schedule a meeting to discuss the incident. If the ejected player does not meet with the Associate Director for Intramural Sports and Sport Clubs, they will not be allowed to play until they do so. Any player or spectator misconduct directed toward any facility used for Rec Sports competition (I.e. Alumni Arena, Clark Hall, Kunz Stadium, UB Stadium, etc.) will be grounds for immediate disqualification of the team whose player, team, and/or spectator is involved.  Acts of misconduct will be handled at the discretion of the Recreation and Intramural Services staff on duty or the Associate Director for Intramural Sports and Sport Clubs. Sportsmanship is vital to the conduct of every Recreational Sport contest. In order to encourage proper conduct during games, officials, administrative personnel, and supervisors shall make decisions on whether to warn, penalize or eject players or teams for poor sportsmanship. These decisions are final. The Recreational and Intramural Services administrative staff will rule on further penalties as a result of unsportsmanlike conduct. Each participant should choose his or her team members carefully, as all team members will suffer the consequences of any disciplinary action taken by the Recreational and Intramural Services staff against that team for violation of the intramural rules and sportsmanship guidelines.

Article III. Rating Scale

Team sportsmanship is graded following each contest according to the following scale and criteria:

4 points: Excellent Sportsmanship
Players cooperate fully with the officials about rule interpretations and calls. The captain also has full control of his/her teammates. Team members and spectators were respectful of opponents and officials and encouraged each others efforts. At no time was this team disrespectful towards participants or officials.

3 points: Acceptable Sportsmanship
Team members and spectators are respectful of opponents and officials except for one or two minor incidents which may or may not merit a warning from the game officials or supervisor.

2 points: Sportsmanship Needs Improvement
Team members or spectators are disrespectful of opponents or officials on a number of occasions which may or may not warrant a penalty. Captain exhibits minor control over his/herself and his/her teammates and spectators. Teams receiving multiple warnings or having a player ejected for an unsportsmanlike act should receive no higher than a 2.0 rating.

1 point: Unacceptable Sportsmanship
Teams constantly comment to the officials and/or opposing teams from the field and/or sidelines. The team captain exhibits little or no control over teammates or himself/herself. Majority of individuals on this team are disrespectful of opponents or officials on a regular basis.

Teams which receive a second unacceptable 1.0 rating in the same sport or activity are subject to immediate dismissal from league or tournament play.

0 points: Season Ending Rating
The following actions can result in an 0.0 sportsmanship rating:

  • Team is completely uncooperative and out of control before, during, or after intramural sports contest(s).
  • Team captain (spokesperson) exhibits poor control over self, the team, and/or the spectators. 
  • Multiple ejections or blatant unsportsmanlike conduct that endangered participants, fans, officials, or supervisors.
  • Team fails to cooperate / comply with Recreation and Intramural services administrative staff/University officials while performing their duties; falsely represents or withholds any requested information.
  • Teams which receive a 0.0 rating are subject to immediate dismissal from league or tournament play.

Article IV. Rating Method

Upon the completion of each contest, the officials/umpires will be given a rating form where they mark down their rating for each team. The forms will then be given to the scorekeepers (where applicable) where they will add their grade. The Head Officials will collect the rating forms and make any suggestions as to the marking up or down of any grade. All rating forms will finally be given the Associate Director for Intramural Sports and Sport Clubs where they will contact a team if further action is necessary. Each game rating will then be averaged at the end of regular season play and each team will be given a rating. This rating can possibly determine a team’s eligibility for post season play. Officials have been instructed not to comment to teams about ratings. Teams may inquire with a Head Official at the game site to view their sportsmanship ratings. A team captain may appeal his or her team's sportsmanship rating by submitting an appeal to the Member Services Desk (175 Alumni Arena) (addressed to the Associate Director for Intramural Sports and Sport Clubs) by 12 Noon of the next business day following the game or match. Appeals submitted after this time will not be accepted.

Special Game Situations

A team winning a game by default or forfeit with no game play occurring will receive a 4.0 rating, unless special circumstances dictate otherwise. A team that wins a game by forfeit after the game has started and game play has occurred shall receive a rating based on their sportsmanship in the game play up to the time of the forfeit. A team losing by default or forfeit will receive no team sportsmanship rating for the game.

Article V. Team Sportsmanship & Playoff Eligibility

A team must have a 2.50 average or better sportsmanship rating during regular season league games to be eligible for the playoffs. The average sportsmanship rating will be calculated similar to the grade point / game ratio.

Article VI. Playoff Tournament Sportsmanship

A team must maintain its 2.50 average or better sportsmanship rating during the playoffs. The average will include regular season and playoff games. Any team which receives a 0.0 sportsmanship rating during the playoffs will be immediately dismissed from further tournament play and subject to further disciplinary action (if necessary). A losing team which receives a 1.0 or 0.0 sportsmanship rating in their final playoff game is subject to further disciplinary action as a team in subsequent sports, as individuals when appropriate, or to the team captain.

Section XI. DISCIPLINE

Article I. Discipline

All participants will be subject to this policy. Please read the policy carefully and be prepared to inform your teammates once the season starts. The following policy serves as a general framework for addressing violations of Recreation and Intramural Services policies and procedures. The Head Officials and the Associate Director for Intramural Sports and Sport Clubs reserve the right to adjust any penalty on a case-by-case basis.

Article II. Major Offenses

Major offenses will simply not be tolerated. Major offenses and their ramifications include, but are not limited to:

  • Fighting/attempting to strike another individual or involved in an altercation
  • Aggressive physical contact with a recreational sports employee
  • Playing under the influence of alcohol or drugs
    • 1st offense 6-month suspension (summer does not count)
    • 2nd offense Permanent suspension from recreational sport

In order to be reinstated after 6 months, you must schedule a meeting with the Disciplinary Action Committee.

  • Intentional damage/destruction of facilities/equipment
    • 1st offense Participant is removed from the game, team charged with a loss, team and player suspended until participant pays for replacement of damaged equipment.
    • 2nd offense Participant is given a permanent suspension and will be charged for the replacement of the damaged equipment.

If spectators are involved in one of the major offenses, the ramifications are as follows:

  • 1st offense Spectators will be banned from the Alumni Arena and Clark Hall for 3 months
  • 2nd offense Spectators will be banned from the Alumni Arena and Clark Hall for 1 year

In addition to the aforementioned sanctions, the Recreation and Intramural Services Department will send a copy of the sanction letter to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs. This letter will be placed into your permanent file at the University. If the action warrants, the Recreation and Intramural Department will refer the case to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs.

Article III. Secondary Offenses

Secondary offenses will be dealt with in a different manner. Any player ejected from a recreational sports contest for any reason is automatically suspended indefinitely from all recreational sports activities and must meet with the Associate Director for Intramural Sports and Sport Clubs and the Director of Recreation and Intramural Services. They will render a decision on further disciplinary action and eligibility. Individuals will remain suspended from all recreational sports activities until further notice.

Secondary offenses and their ramifications include, but are not limited to:

  • Profane language/obscene gestures
  • Unnecessary physical contact/minor contact with a recreational sports employee
    • 1st offense Removed from the game and suspended indefinitely
    • 2nd offense Removed from the game and suspended permanently from intramurals
  • Verbally abusing/threatening an official/supervisor
    • 1st offense 1 month suspension
    • 2nd offense 6 month suspension
    • 3rd offense Permanent suspension from intramurals
  • Ineligible player/playing under a false name
    • 1st offense Team that player played for will be charged with a loss for ALL games that there were playing as an ineligible participant
    • 2nd offense Player is suspended from recreational sports play for 1 year
    • 3rd offense Permanent suspension from recreational sports
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In addition to the aforementioned sanctions, the Recreation and Intramural Services department will send a copy of the sanction letter to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs. This letter will be placed into your permanent file at the University. If the action warrants, the Recreation and Intramural Services Department will refer the case to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs.

Article IV. Restorative Justice – Community Service

The Recreation and Intramural Services has adopted the ideal of Restorative Justice for all participants in all programs. Restorative justice is a values-based approach to responding to conflict and inappropriate behavior with a balanced focus on the person harmed, the person causing the harm, and the affected community. Restorative Justice focuses on transforming wrongdoing by healing the harm that is created by inappropriate behavior. This concept of Restorative Justice will be incorporated into the disciplinary process for all Recreational Sports Programs.

Article V. Appeals

The sanctions listed above serve only as a guideline for addressing poor sportsmanship and inappropriate behavior by Rec Sports participants. However, the Recreational Sports Department reserves the right to impose additional sanctions on a case by case basis. All disciplinary matters will be handled by the Associate Director for Intramural Sports and Sport Clubs. Participants may appeal any penalty, but run the risk of having the penalty increased if the appeal is not upheld by the Director of Recreation and Intramurals Services.

Section XII. DIVISIONS & LEVELS OF PLAY

Article I. Divisions

Faculty/Staff: Working in any department or college of the University are eligible to participate in all intramural events and will remain eligible until they no longer work for the University or fail to comply with the policies and procedures set forth in this handbook. Faculty and Staff members must also be Recreation Permit Holders.

Mixed: Divisions where Students, Faculty and Staff play on one team together. Rosters must be made up of a 60/40 ratio of Students to Faculty/Staff or 60/40 Faculty/Staff to Students. In other words with a roster of 10, 6 must be students and 4 faculty/staff OR 6 faculty/staff and 4 students. Faculty and Staff members must also be Recreation Permit Holders.

Men: The men’s division is open to all participants who are male students, faculty, or staff of the University. There is no 60/40 Faculty/staff to student ratio requirement for these divisions.  Faculty and Staff members must also be Recreation Permit Holders.

Women: The women’s division is open to all participants who are female students, faculty, or staff of the University. There is no 60/40 Faculty/staff to student ratio requirement for these divisions. Faculty and Staff members must also be Recreation Permit Holders.

Co-Rec/Co-Ed: The coed division is open to all men and women participants who are students, faculty, or staff of the University. There is no 60/40 Faculty/staff to student ratio requirement for these divisions. There is usually a minimum requirement for the amount of females on a team. Check with each sports rules for their specific requirements.

Article ll. Levels

Competitive: Skill level is at that of at least high school varsity. No specific number of males and females.

Recreational :Playing just for fun and winning is not as important as playing the game.

MISCELLANIOUS

Article I. Athletic Attire

Proper athletic attire must be worn during all Recreational Sports Activities. Proper attire pertains to all articles of clothing including footwear. Participants may not wear sandals or flip-flops during any Recreational Sports activity.

Article II. Alcohol/Drugs/Tobacco Policy

Smoking and any other tobacco use is strictly prohibited in the entire UB campus. In order to maintain a safe playing environment for everyone, possession and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages (or any other illegal substances) is strictly prohibited in all recreation facilities. If a recreational sports activity takes place off campus, the same rules apply. Anyone participating in a UB Intramural Sports sponsored event is strictly prohibited from using any alcohol or tobacco products. Furthermore, any person (participants, coaches and spectators alike) who appears to be intoxicated or under the influence of an illegal substance will be removed from the Alumni Arena, Clark Hall or designated playing area and may face further disciplinary action. Violators could face up to a 1 year (365 day) suspension from participation in any UB Recreational Sports event.