Rules

General Information, Policies, & Guidelines

Concussion Safety 

Assumption of Risk

Spring 2022 COVID Guidelines

Sport Specific Rules

Grad/Pro IM Eligibility 

Captain’s Responsibilities 

Sportsmanship, Misconduct & Possible Ejection

Levels of Play, Open Leagues, and Gender Specific Leagues

Score Reporting

Weekly Updates

Game Cancellations & Rescheduling

Protests


Sport Specific Rules 

Soccer Specific Rules

Volleyball Specific Rules

Ultimate Specific Rules

Softball Specific Rules


Grad/Pro COVID Guidelines - Updated 3.25.2022

Violation of any of the guidelines below may result in the elimination of a team’s privileges including the loss of competition or suspension of the team. Individual participants may also face university discipline.

Note that these policies may change at any time based on university guidance.

Intramural Participation

  • Only fully vaccinated and boosted (if eligible) participants may participate in indoor intramural sports.
  • Only fully vaccinated and boosted (if eligible) participants may participate in contact sports including soccer, flag football, etc.
  • Unvaccinated participants may participate in socially distanced outdoor lawn games.

Team Captain (TC) Responsibility

  • TCs and ISs are responsible for disseminating information to their teammates.
  • TCs and ISs are required to support and adhere to the guidelines within this document.

General COVID Guidelines

  • Intramurals will operate in accordance with approved University COVID guidelines. Guidelines are subject to change at any time.
  • For fully vaccinated and boosted participants, facial coverings will be optional and at the discretion of the participant, during all indoor and outdoor activities.
  • For unvaccinated participants, facial coverings are required during all indoor and outdoor activities.
  • Facial coverings must be worn during travel within the personal vehicle or bus.
  • Vehicles may operate at full capacity. 

Capacities & Spectators

  • Only Yale students and Yale Faculty/Staff who are PWG members may attend indoor activities as spectators.  

Grad/Pro IM Eligibility

Only fully vaccinated current Yale Graduate Students, Faculty & Staff are eligible to participate in Grad/Pro Intramurals. 

Only players listed on the roster are eligible to play in any intramural game. Any updates to the roster must be submitted to the coordinator on the Friday prior to any weekend game and 24 hours prior to any weekday game. Final updates to the roster must be submitted before the last regular season game. Additional participants can be added to the roster only if they meet the eligibility requirements. Eligibility of the players is the responsibility of the team captain.

Participating on Multiple Teams: Participants may play on more than one team, with a maximum of two teams. 

Playoff Eligibility: To be eligible for playoffs, each participant who is listed on the roster must play in at least one regular season game. 

Flash Tournament Eligibility:  The roster must be finalized prior to the start of the tournament. No additions may be made once the tournament has started. 


Captain’s Responsibilities 

  • Submit all registration materials by the registration deadline.
  • Attend the scheduled captains meeting. If the captain cannot attend, a representative must be sent to the meeting instead.
  • Distribute important IM information and schedules to teammates.
  • Organize team equipment and supplies.
  • The grad-pro IM program does not supply any playing equipment.
  • Communicate with the IM coordinator and other captains of any scheduling requests in a timely manner.
  • Accountable for team’s sportsmanship
    • Captains should set an example for teammates by playing within the IM guidelines and exhibiting a high level of sportsmanship.
    • Captains should address player conduct situations involving their team before the on-site supervisor must intervene.
  • Be knowledgeable of all game and eligibility rules.
  • Ensure that all teammates meet the eligibility requirements.
  • Inform teammates of any scheduling changes and IM updates

Sportsmanship, Misconduct & Possible Ejection

Intramural sports encompass a spirit of sportsmanship that places the responsibility for fair play on the players. Competitive play in intramurals is appropriate, but never at the expense of mutual respect among competitors or the spirit of intramural comradery.

The designated captain is the team representative and is responsible for maintaining proper behavior and sportsmanship of their players and fans. Inappropriate language and behavior will not be tolerated. If unsportsmanlike conduct is continued after being asked to stop, the team(s) will be asked to leave the field and will receive a forfeit.

Continuous unsportsmanlike conduct by individuals or teams will lead to expulsion from the league.

Certain behavior deemed inappropriate by the referee/supervisor may result in a warning to or ejection of a player.

Examples of the behavior include but are not limited to:
  • Persistent infringement of the rules
  • Unsportsmanlike conduct
  • Foul or abusive language to players, supervisors and referees
  • Violent or dangerous actions
  • Serious foul play
When a player is ejected, they may be indefinitely suspended from all intramural sports pending a meeting with the Grad/Pro Intramural Coordinator and Associate Athletic Director.

Levels of Play, Open Leagues, and Gender Specific Leagues

When registering your team, there will be several options for level of play, open leagues, and gender specific leagues. 

Level of Play

  • Competitive Leagues are designed for teams who want to play a fast-paced game with a high degree of skill. While still encompassing the intramural spirit, teams in the competitive level consist of experienced players looking to continue to play at a high-performance level.
  • Recreational Leagues are designed for teams of enthusiastic players with no gender requirements. Within the recreational league the level of skill may vary, but participants will be able to enjoy playing in a fun, social atmosphere.  

Open & Gender Specific Leagues

  • Open Leagues make up most of our leagues are designed to be inclusive to everyone. There are no gender requirements for teams, nor is anyone required to self-identity as a specific gender to play. 
  • Gender Specific Leagues are offered in some sports. All participants is this league are required to self-identify as a specific gender and may play for the gender of which they identify. If gender specific leagues are offered for a specific sport, both men’s and women’s leagues will be offered during registration. If less than four teams register for a gender specific league, those teams will be folded into the open leagues for that sport. If four or more teams register for a gender specific league, then that league will continue play. 

Score Reporting

Paper score sheets must be completed  by both teams. At the end of the game the captains must verify the score, sign the score sheet and return the clipboard to the on-site supervisor. The winning team’s captain must also email the final score to the Grad-Pro IM Coordinator (mirza.javed@yale.edu). To be considered a reported score, captains must send the email within the 48-hour window. Unreported scores may be considered forfeits and teams may be barred from playoff competition.

Weekly Updates

Scores will be posted online by Tuesday following the weekends games. Game cancellations/announcements will also be emailed to all captains.

Game Cancellations & Rescheduling

If a game is cancelled by the coordinator due to field availability or weather, captains will be notified via email. If the season’s time constraints allow, games that were cancelled by the coordinator will be rescheduled. Games cancelled by the coordinator will not be recorded as a win or loss for either team. If the games cannot be rescheduled, they will be nullified.

Rescheduling:

  • The captain of the team requesting to reschedule must contact the opposing captain and the IM coordinator by Friday at 3 pm prior to the contest weekend.
  • If the opposing team’s captain agrees to reschedule, then the captains and the coordinator will work to find a time that works for both teams.
  • If there are scheduling constraints and a time cannot be found the team requesting the reschedule will take the loss, but no “points against” will be added to their record.
  • The opposing team will receive a win by default and be awarded the default win points, which will be counted toward their final record.
    Note: Teams have the option to decline a request to reschedule a contest. If declined, the game will bcounted as a default and the appropriate points for and against will be distributed to both teams.
  • If both teams need to reschedule a game, then they can work with the coordinator to find a time and date that works for both teams. If the captains cannot find a time that works for both teams, then the game will be recorded as a double default. Teams will receive no points for or against.
    Note: If there are extenuating circumstances, default points may be altered at the discretion of the coordinator. Coordinator may also choose to nullify game if appropriate. Games must be rescheduled at least one week prior to playoffs.

Protests

Protests involving eligibility may be made by any captain against any team and must be made during or immediately following a
contest. Protests will be addressed by the coordinator or on-site supervisor. Once notified, the team captain is required to present
that player’s valid Yale ID for verification to the on-site supervisor, referee or coordinator. If no ID is available, then the captain must
submit a brief statement that includes the name of the person in question and the circumstances of eligibility. If a person is found to
be ineligible, all games in which he/she participated are recorded as losses.
 
All other protests involving misinterpretation of the rules must be made at the time of incident. Play may be stopped and may not
continue until the protest is resolved on the spot by the captains with the aid of the governing rules of the game, or if necessary by
final decision of the on-site supervisor. Any team that disputes and refuses to continue play will forfeit the contest.