Frequently Asked Question's

What are the general rules for eligibility?

What are the general rules for eligibility?

The Intramural Sports Office reserves the right to put into immediate effect any rule changes or modifications regarding eligibility, but before doing so, will attempt to notify participants of such changes by contacting the Intramural Chairs and Captains.

  1. Only full time Princeton University Students, Faculty and Staff are eligible to participate in the Intramural Sports Program. However, the appropriate facility membership must be paid in order to participate. Memberships may be purchased at Dillon Gym, Room 103 or Jadwin Gym
  2. Only regular members and social members of Residential Colleges and Eating Clubs may compete for their respective organizations. A club social member is considered an ex-member who has spent a year in the club.
  3. Independent teams consist of players who are not representing a College or a Club. However, they must submit their Acknowledgement of Forfeit Fee Form to Room 103 for all league play.
  4. Players are only allowed to play on ONE CoRec/Open team and ONE Men's/Women's team of the same sport. For example, a male participant is not eligible to play on a Men's A team and a Men's B team. The first team you choose to play on, is the team you are on for the remainder of the season. If a player decides to violate this rule, he/she jeopardizes the status of all teams they have played with.
  5. Playing games with an ineligible player on your team, results in forfeit of those games.

Are varsity athletes and club members eligible?

Are varsity athletes and club members eligible?

Definition: Varsity squad member - Any individual participating in intercollegiate contests or attending regular practices.

  1. Members of intercollegiate teams are ineligible to participate for an intramural sports team in that sport (or associated sport) during that sport season
    • Ex-varsity and ex-sport Club members may participate in the sport of their specialty on a restricted basis. No more than half of the roster may be ex-varsity or ex-club members on a particular team, and this team must enter the highest level of competition offered.
    • A student ineligible for intercollegiate competition because of scholastic, disciplinary, or medical reasons may not compete in intramural sports. If ineligible for medical reasons, the student must be cleared by the Health Center to compete.
  2. There may be 2 members of a Sport Club team permitted on the roster of an associated sport. Associated sports shall be defined as follows:
    • Football - Flag Football
    • Baseball & Softball - Softball
    • Hockey - Hockey, Broomball, and Floor Hockey
    • Basketball - 5on5 Basketball and 3on3 Basketball
    • Volleyball - Volleyball and Sand Volleyball
    • Soccer - Outdoor Soccer and Indoor Soccer
    • Squash - Squash
  3. Once considered a varsity squad member, you are one for the entire school year and are ineligible for the entire academic year. Seniors that exhausted their eligibility are also considered ineligible. You must drop before the second intercollegiate contest.

Are professional athletes eligible?

Are professional athletes eligible?

Anyone who has played as a professional or semi-professional in any sport must petition the Intramural Sports Board of Directors for permission to compete in that particular sport.

What are the skill levels?

What are the skill levels?

  • "A" League - Most Competitive league option.
  • "B" League - More Recreational league option.
  • "Open" League - Could refer to gender ratio and/or skill level. Most "Open" Leagues refer to the fact that there is not a gender ratio requirement, however it can also represent an "All Skill Levels Welcome" league.

What is considered an infraction?

What is considered an infraction?

  1. Anyone playing on more than one team in the same sport is not allowed to compete for any team for the remainder of the season.
  2. All eligibility challenges must be submitted in writing to the Intramural Sports Office by noon the day following the contest. It is the challenging teams' responsibility to prove their case.
  3. All protests should be filed prior to the game being played. if teams choose to play the game, those teams may not protest the outcome for reasons of ineligible players. If teams wish to protest on grounds of ineligibility, they must file a written report and decide not to play the game.

Can a player transfer from one team to another within an organization?

Can a player transfer from one team to another within an organization?

  1. In cases of an organization having more than one team in any sport, the personnel must remain stable. You may not transfer players from one team to another within your organization.
  2. Contestants shall not represent more than one team in any sport. When a person's name appears on a score sheet, he/she is considered to have played in that contest. (Exception: A contestant may play on a CoRec team and a male or female team).
  3. A player may change teams after the first scheduled contest, but no later. Once a player has played two games for a given team, they must remain on that team for the entire season.
  4. A player must have played in a regular season game to be eligible to play in the playoffs. Consideration will be given in cases of rained out games or students returning to campers after a semester off campus.
  5. Each participant is responsible for the verification of his or her eligibility. Team captains and intramural chairs are responsible for checking the eligibility of their own players and should refer questionable cases to the Intramural Sports Office for a ruling before competing.

What are the rescheduling procedures?

What are the rescheduling procedures?

  1. All rescheduling should be done 1 week in advance since alternate courts or field times are limited.
  2. All rescheduling MUST be confirmed 24 hours in advance by both teams/individuals via e-mail to the Intramural Sports Office.
  3. Captains should e-mail the Intramural Sports Office and check the availability of alternate times for the game after the captain of the opposing team is contacted and request the change (giving him/her alternate times). The opposing captain is not obligated to change the playing date/time.
  4. If agreed, captains must e-mail or phone in to confirm the change with the Intramural Sports Office.
  5. All rescheduling steps that require contact with the Intramural Sports Office must be made between the hours of 9:00am and 5:00pm Monday-Friday.

* Playoffs: Provide the Intramural Sports Office with any scheduling conflicts prior to the end of the regular season.

*NOTE: REQUESTS for rescheduling during playoff games will not be granted. Time and Space restriction necessitate this policy.

Who is eligible to participate in the playoffs?

Who is eligible to participate in the playoffs?

For each league sport, playoff criteria will be posted about halfway through the regular season that will list how many teams from every division/league will be brought to a single elimination tournament at the conclusion of the Round Robin play.

In order to be eligible to participate in the playoffs, players must have played in at least ONE round robin scheduled game. Intramural Supervisors will verify eligibility at every playoff game against the official roster provided by the Intramural Office.

Are there any fees associated with forfeits?

Are there any fees associated with forfeits?

Each captain is responsible for their team's attendance and will be required to sign a contract of an Acknowledgment of Forfeit Fees with the Intramural Sports Office. This contract requires each captain to provide their PU ID# with our office in order to enter a team. If a team fails to appear at the scheduled location within 10 minutes of the scheduled game time, the Intramural Sports Supervisor will declare the contest a forfeit, thus resulting in the following:

  1. A team that forfeits once will be charged $25.00 and all points earned toward the campus championship in that sport will be lost. 
  2. If a team forfeits twice, another $25.00 will be charged, the team is dropped from the league, and all points will be lost for that sport. 
  3. At the end of the season the captain will be given the option of either paying the amount owed with cash, check, or by having their student account charged. If no payment is received by the deadline given, then their Student Account will automatically be charged.
  4. A game may be declared a default loss only if the teams agree to scrimmage, and they utilize the space that was reserved for this match. The game will result in a loss, and the team will not be charged money. However, after a team has either 2 defaults; 2 forfeits; or a combination of 1 forfeit/1 default - their team will be removed from the league.

Will a contest default be considered a forfeit?

Will a contest default be considered a forfeit?

A team may default a contest but will not be assessed a forfeit when:

  1. It is unable to play a contest at the scheduled time or arrange for a rescheduled time and notifies the Intramural Sports Coordinator by e-mail or phone 9:00am - 5:00pm Monday through Friday and the opposing team's captain at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled time of the contest.
  2. It uses an ineligible player (see Eligibility Policies), but declares the game a default before the game begins (the game may still be played), but counted as a loss to the defaulting team. 
  3. Several members show up at the contest and get the permission of the opposing captain to default (after which an informal game may still be played).

No ID/No Play!

All players must present their valid University ID before participating in any Intramural Event.

Players must sign in on the scoresheet, and then have their ID verified by the Intramural Supervisor on duty. Only Princeton University Faculty, Staff, and Students are eligible to participate in Intramural events, unless otherwise noted. Failure to produce an ID will result in the participant not being allowed to play.