Intramural competition is offered in five leagues and most separated into “Levels A” or “Level B”. Teams will choose their own level based on their ability and the level of competition they desire.
Level A is classified as Highly Competitive/Skilled; while Level B is more Recreational. The goal of this system is to have players seek competition at their own ability level so players of all skill levels, will have the opportunity to participate and enjoy a measure of success. Thus, beginning players are welcomed and encouraged to participate in intramural activities.
PLEASE NOTE: While teams shall only register for the league(s) in which they are eligible, the Intramural Sports program reserves the right to place teams in leagues in order to maximize participation and ensure fair and competitive play. For example, the Intramural Director may place a Men's teams into a Fraternity league if the Fraternity league is not full. This placement would be for the regular season only and a switch back to the Men's league would take place for the playoff tournament.
1. All undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in any department or college of the University and current faculty and staff members shall be eligible to enjoy all intramural privileges and shall retain that status until they withdraw, graduate, take a leave of absence, or fail to comply with eligibility rules or other guidelines.
2. Alumni, University Affiliates, and Shady Grove students are NOT eligible for any division. Shady Grove students may become eligible upon paying an activity fee at the Shady Grove campus. Upon doing so, SGRV001 will appear on their class schedule and they would be eligible to participate in intramural sports.
3. Only players who can show their valid PHOTO UMD-ID are eligible to play.
4. Any contest in which an ineligible player was used will be forfeited, the team will be eliminated from the tournament and the last team playing against the disqualified team will advance.
5. Regular Season and Tournament Eligibility (for team sports only).
Regular season sports with tournament: Individual players may be added to the roster at any time during the regular season. Players may add their name and Student ID Number to the game score sheet (at the game site), sign up on the IMLeagues website, or email the Intramural Sports Office to be added to the roster. Once playoffs have started, participants may only be added to the roster by emailing the Intramural Sports program.
6. One Team Rule and One Co-Ed Team Rule (for all sports).
The first team a participant plays for is the team that person is committed to for that sport. A player who has participated for a team cannot switch teams for the remainder of that sport, league, or tournament (exception: first team forfeits immediately and/or person did not participate in any contest). Participants may play on one Fraternity, Men’s, Women’s, OR G/F/S team and one Co-Ed team.
7. Gender Identity Participation Policy
Individuals may participate in Intramural Sports in accordance with their own gender identity regardless of medical intervention. For "co-ed" sports, individuals who do not identity as women, will be subject to the rules of non-women participants.
8. Minimum Player Rule & Free Agents.
A team must begin play with the required number of players as the official rules specify for that particular sport without forfeiting the contest. Each sport will have a minimum requirement. If you need additional players, the IMLeagues website allows for free agents to sign up based on league. Please check the website to see if any free agents are available to join your team.
9. Varsity Athletes.
a) Membership on a varsity team in the season of that sport makes a player ineligible for that same or like sport during the same school year.
b) Letter Winners: Any participant who is awarded a varsity letter at the University of Maryland or any other four (4) year college or university is ineligible in that sport or related (like) sport in which that award was earned. Letter winners are ineligible for 1 year from the term the last letter was earned and then must participate on “Level A” teams only. It is the duty of any person who has won a letter at another school, in conjunction with the team captain, to check on their eligibility status with the Intramural Staff before participating. Letter winners, not currently on a Varsity team, but before the one year sit-out period, may participate in the G/F/S League.
d) Redshirts: Those players, who are designated by the coaching staff as not participating in varsity games, but still have status as a squad member, are ineligible for intramural play in that sport or a related (like) sport.
e) Scout team players or practice players are subject to the same rules as "Club athletes". No more than two (2) scout team players shall play on one Intramural team. If a team has two (2) scout team players, they must play at the "A" level.
10. Semi/Professional: A person who has competed professionally in a sport will be ineligible for five (5) years from the date of the last professional participation in that sport or related (like) sport and must participate at the “A” Level
11. Sport Clubs: Members are eligible to participate in Intramural sports; however, teams are limited to the following:
a) Individual and Dual Sports: Participants must play at the “A” Level.
b) Doubles Teams may only have one club player and must also play at the “A” Level.
c) For all Major Team Sports
Teams with ONE (1) Club Member may participate at either the “A” or “B” Level.
Teams with TWO (2) Club Members must participate at the “A” Level.
Exception: For 11v11 Soccer and Ultimate Frisbee, an "A" team may have up to THREE (3) club players.
d) Club members are those persons who have within the current academic year:
1) participated in ANY practices and/or games with the team; or
2) have signed a Club Waiver; or
3) listed as a member of the club on the Sport Club Roster
h) NOTE: This is for same or “like sports”! For example; if you are a club basketball player participating in soccer, this rule does NOT apply.
i) Scenario: I was a member of a club soccer team but did not like it so I quit; however, my name is still on their roster and I want to play intramural soccer. Do I count as a club soccer player? YES! However you may petition the IM Office for a waiver. That is, if you are no longer a member of the club team (including not going to any type of practices) but still listed on their roster you may ask us to take that into consideration and be granted a waiver and deemed NOT part of a club team.
j) As a guide, “like sports” are defined as follows, this list is not meant to be inclusive:
Basketball: 5v5 Basketball & 3v3 Basketball
Football: 7v7 Flag Football & 4v4 Flag Football
Soccer: Indoor/Outdoor Soccer
Tennis: All Intramural Tennis
Table Tennis: Table Tennis
Volleyball: Volleyball, Sand Volleyball, & Wallyball
Softball/Baseball: Softball, Baseball, and Whiffleball
Ultimate Frisbee: Ultimate Frisbee
Water Polo: Innertube Water Polo
13. The intramural sports program will share the responsibility for the eligibility of players. Each player and team captain is responsible for checking their eligibility and that of their team members. The IM Office will also assist the team captains and individuals with their questions of eligibility and interpretation of rules. Inquiring about eligibility questions in advance of contests prevents delays and potential protest(s).
14. Other participants, or the Intramural Sports staff, at anytime can initiate ineligible player inquiries.
15. If an ineligible player is detected in the play-offs, the team will be eliminated from the tournament and the last team playing against the disqualified team will advance.
16. Anyone who participates under an assumed name or uses someone else’s ID is ineligible and may be suspended for the remainder of the season.
Fraternity A and B
a) Only those organizations recognized by the Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life, are permitted to register a team in this League.
b) Team members must be a registered recruit or an active member in order to participate. Team rosters are subject to verification with the Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life in instances where eligibility is questioned.
c) Players with alumni status or who are not undergraduates may not participate in this league.
d) Alumni, University Affiliates, and Shady Grove students are not eligible for any division.
e) A fraternity may enter as many teams as it wishes in Intramural competition but only one (1) team may be entered in the Fraternity “A” League and one (1) in the “B” League. Following the regular season, Fraternities may transfer up to one (1) additional team into the Fraternity A and Fraternity B playoff brackets.
f) A fraternity may enter up to five (5) singles and five (5) doubles teams for individual/dual sports such as tennis, badminton, racquetball, etc.
g) The IFC Fraternity point system is NOT administered by the Intramural Office; rather through IFC. All point system inquiries
should be directed to the current IFC Athletic Chair.
h) Participation in this league excludes an individual from being eligible to compete in the Men's A or B levels for the same sport.
i) The Intramural Sports Office reserves the right to place non-fraternity teams into this league during the regular season in order to maximize participation for all University of Maryland students.