What are Intramural Sports?
Intramural Sports are activities programmed by Recreational Services to provide recreational opportunities in a fun, yet somewhat-competitive atmosphere, for The University of Iowa Community. Students, faculty and staff of The University of Iowa are all eligible for participation in the Intramural Sports Program. In addition, spouses or partners are eligible for participation on the same teams as their spouse/partner that is a student, faculty or staff. We offer leagues and events for the athlete who wants a high level of competition and also leagues and events for those athletes who just want to play for fun and a good workout. Whether you have played sports all your life, or have never played any sport at all, we have something for you to enjoy.
How do I form a team and how to teams register?
If you’re used to playing traditional team sports, or want to give one a try, register a team for an Intramural Sports league. We set up leagues for Men’s, Women’s and Co-Rec (males and females) teams of all different skill levels in a number of different sports.
Forming a Team
The easiest, and most common, way to get involved in team sports is to form a team of your own. It could be you and some friends, maybe the people of your residence hall or the neighbors in your apartment complex, as long as they are all students, faculty and/or staff, or an eligible spouse/partner, of The University of Iowa. Student organizations such as fraternities and sororities, as well as other campus groups, often put together teams. Ask your organization at its next group meeting. To find out how many players you will need for a complete team, check out each sport’s rules prior to registration.
How to Register a Team
Almost all of our registration is done using the website IMLeagues.com. Information on how to create a team using IMLeagues can be found here or outside the Intramural Sports Office in E216 Field House. Registration is quick and easy. The key is to know registration windows, and get your teams put together and ready-to-go before the deadlines. Then when all your teammates have been added to the team roster, you can simply pay the entry fee, select a spot in the league or division, and you will be ready to go. Be sure to check out upcoming sports and registration dates using our Intramural Sports Schedule.
For bigger team sports, Flag Football, Volleyball, Softball, Soccer, and Basketball, teams will be scheduled to play once a week during the regular season. During registration, teams will select what day, and sometimes the time, they would like to play based on the available options. Having your team prepared and registering right away when registration opens will allow a better chance at getting the division you would like, as registration occurs on a first-come, first-served basis.
Team Captain Requirements
Prior to registering a team, the team captain will need to pass that sport’s captain’s quiz on IMLeaguesfor the sports of Flag Football, Volleyball, Soccer, Basketball and Softball. We produce captain’s videos that you can watch and post rules you can read to assist you in passing each sport’s captain’s quiz. As a team captain, you are in charge of making sure all participants on your team are eligible according to eligibility requirements stated in The University of Iowa Intramural Sports Rules and Regulations. You are also responsible for the sportsmanlike behavior of your teammates and fans. Finally, as team captain, you will serve as your team’s main contact for any instances in which the Intramural Sports Staff needs to contact your team.
Regular Season Schedules and Team Rosters
All schedules will be available on IMLeagues.com unless otherwise noted. Additions to team rosters can also be completed on IMLeagues.com. If you wish to remove a player from your team, you must complete a Request Drop Form and submit it to the Intramural Sports Office in E216 Field House. For a roster addition/removal to be effective for the team’s next scheduled game, the proper add and/or drop process must be completed by 10:00 AM the day of the game for weekday games, or 5:00 PM on Friday for weekend games.
What if I don’t have a team to play on?
If you do not have enough people to form your own team, you can sign-up as a Free Agent for a particular sport, and hope to get picked-up by a team needing more players. To sign-up as a Free Agent, you must follow the Free Agent registration process on IMLeagues.com. This feature allows Free Agents to sign-up, and generates a list of Free Agents for team captains to utilize when looking for more team members. However, there is no guarantee that you will be picked-up on a team, so the best bet is to put together your own team.
Do teams have practices?
Intramural teams are free to practice as much or as little as they want. The Intramural Sports program DOES NOT schedule practice times for intramural teams. You are free to use our facilities to practice, but teams must follow the rules and restrictions of our recreation facilities.
How do individual and dual sports work?
The University of Iowa Intramural Sports Program offers a variety of events for individuals or two-person teams. Singles and doubles tournaments are available in a variety of sports and the list can be found by viewing the Intramural Sports Schedule.
How to Register and Getting Your Schedule
Just like registering for a team sport, registration will take place online at IMLeagues.com. Once the registration deadline has passed, participants can find their schedules on IMLeagues.com, once it has been posted by the Intramural Sports staff. The Intramural Sports staff will communicate with you when to look for schedules online, and to provide some reminders about competition in the particular event.
What are the Intramural Special Events and Meets?
Throughout the year, The University of Iowa Intramural Sports Program holds several meets or special events. A couple examples include the Steve Goff 5K Run/Walk, Swim Meet and Golf Tournament. Information on all events, special or not, can be found on the Intramural Sports website.
What if I want to know more?
If you still have questions, or just want to know more about our program, feel free to contact us. We can be found in E216 Field House, or can be contacted via email or telephone. You can find contact information for the Intramural Sports Administrative Staff by clicking the Contact tab here.
eCHUG - a quick on-line Alcohol Survey
Want to get your team’s entry fee back for Flag Football, Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball or Softball? Through the Intramural Sports Program’s partnership with e-Chug, now you can. Get 75% of your team’s roster to take The University of Iowa’s Alcohol e-Chug self-assessment. The assessment takes approximately 10 minutes to complete, and once 75% of your roster has completed the assessment, you qualify for a refund of your team’s entry fee.
Instructions to get started
The Alcohol eCHUG program is a brief, confidential self-assessment that will provide you with accurate and detailed information about:
- Your personal risk patterns
- Your individual level of alcohol tolerance
- Your unique family risk factors
- Harm reduction strategies
- Helpful resources at University of Iowa and in our community
The purpose of this program is to help students who choose to drink make informed decisions about their drinking, which will help them behave in a safer manner. The program also aims to provide support for students who choose not to drink.
If you have questions about the e-Chug program, please contact: Stephanie Beecher, Health Educator, Health Iowa/ Student Health Services, 4167 Westlawn, Stephanieemail@example.com, 319-353-5965
If you have question about the Intramural Sports incentive, please contact: Andy Christopher, Graduate Assistant – Intramural Sports, E216 Field House, firstname.lastname@example.org, 319-335-9292