The Recreational Sports Program at Eastern Mennonite University conducts a modern program of sports participation for students and faculty. The students and faculty are provided an opportunity to participate in positive recreational activities that appeal to a wide variety of people. Within this department of Student Life Division, students find relaxation from strenuous academic schedules and develop skills that can be used after their university experience. They also build a sense of teamwork while making new friends and establishing social contacts.
- Students, faculty, staff of EMU and their spouses are eligible to participate in the Recreational Sports program. Two varsity/ex-varsity players are permitted on the field or court at a time. Three varsity/ex-varsity players are allowed per roster. There shall be no varsity/ex-varsity players in B league.
- A player shall be considered ex-varsity if s/he has competed in at least one regular season competition at the college varsity level in a specific sport during the past five years. Participation at two-year colleges is considered varsity level.
- There shall be no more than 3 A league players on a B league team and only two of those will be eligible to play at the same time.
- No A league players are eligible for a C league team.
- No varsity athletes may participate in the sport that most resembles their sport while their varsity sport is in season.
- To participate, a player must be on the team roster.
- To be eligible a new player must be added to the roster by 3pm of the game day.
- There will be no new players added to a team beyond the mid-point of the season.
- A player will lose eligibility for the entire season if involved in a physical fight.
- If a player is ejected from two games in a school year that player forfeits the right to play intramurals during that same school year
- Teams will be removed from a league if they receive two poor sportsmanship ratings during any season.
PROCESS FOR TEAM FORMATION
- Form your own team and select a captain.
- Individuals may enter without a team and they will be assigned to a squad.
- To enter as an individual or as a team go to the registration page emu.edu/intramurals
- Players may not participate on more than one team in a league.
- New players may be added to a roster until the midpoint of the regular season.
- The captain or other representative from each team must be present at the pre-season captain’s meeting to clarify rules specific to that sport.
- Scheduling and other relevant issues will be discussed at this meeting.
- It is the captain’s responsibility to communicate any information given at the captain’s meeting to his/her team members.
- Protests, other than those concerning eligibility, shall be made at the time of the dispute and before play is resumed. The clock will be stopped during the discussion.
- The protest is first lodged with the official. If not settled, the Rec. Sports Staff on duty may be consulted. If still not satisfied, the Rec. Sports Council will evaluate the protest.
- Both contestants and officials in charge shall be permitted to present their versions of the case before a decision is made.
- Protests concerning eligibility must be made within five days of the infraction.
NOTE: NO PROTEST OF JUDGMENT CALLS WILL BE ALLOWED!
- A scheduled contest will not be postponed without just cause. A contest may be postponed in case of inclement weather or with unanimous consent of both team captains and the Recreational Sports Coordinator.
- Contests postponed due to inclement weather will be played on the first Sunday after the postponement at the same scheduled time.
- If a team or contestant fails to appear within ten minutes of the appointed time and at the scheduled place for a contest, Recreational Sports officials will declare the contest forfeited to the team or contestant ready to play. Teams will be warned after five minutes.
- Participants in individual sports or matches who are unable to contact their opponent must report to the Rec. Sports Office two days before the deadline for play. A forfeit will be declared if the match is not played by the designated deadline and the individual reporting to the Rec. Sports Office will be declared the winner. If neither person reports, both participants will be forfeited.
- A team will forfeit any contest in which it uses an ineligible player, and all contests won while the ineligible player was a member of that team.
- Two forfeitures (failure to show) automatically eliminates a team from further competition in the sport in which the offenses were committed. All games previously played and all future games will be counted as wins for their opponents.
- The first team listed on the schedule will be the home team and wear white shirts. Light gray shirts should not be worn by either side.
- Once the game time has arrived teams must begin play if they have the required number of players. They are not allowed to wait for a full team.
- Misconduct will not be tolerated. One warning will be given, and the second is cause for dismissal.
- Anyone dismissed from a game must apply for re-instatement with the Coordinator of Rec. Sports before playing another contest. If physical fighting is involved the player is automatically removed from the league and any other intramural sports during that season. If the player wishes to participate in intramurals at a later date he/she must have a conference with the Director of Recreational Sports to determine his/her eligibility.
- No player may play on two teams on one league in the same sport.
- It is allowed that one player may be in two different leagues within the same sport. However, that player will not be eligible for a second shirt if his/her team should win the championship in both leagues.
- Bloodborne Patogen Policy – Any player who sustains an injury where bleeding or oozing occurs must leave the field. The bleeding must be stopped and the area completely covered before the individual is allowed to reenter the game. The Recreational Sports Staff person must clear the individual before s/he resumes play. If the uniform has become contaminated with blood, it must be changed before the player reenters the game.
- The Recreational Sports Office will supervise referees, umpires and judges for all team sports and other contests as needed. All officials must attend a clinic at the beginning of the year to review basic officiating procedures.
- All officials must attend the captain’s meeting to review rules specific to that sport. Those officials not attending the clinic or captain’s meeting will be paid at a reduced rate.
- If an official cannot make a scheduled game, s/he must find a replacement from the approved list and notify the Recreational Sports referee coordinator by noon of the day of competition.
- If an official misses a game without notifying the Recreational Sports Staff, s/he will be warned and put on probation. After a second missed game, it will be assumed that s/he no longer wants to participate in the program.
- Referees and Recreational Sports Staff reserve the right to dismiss players from the game site for disruptive conduct after adequate warning has been given.
- Officials are paid at the following rates
a. $11 Excellent Rating
b. $ 9 Good Rating
c. $ 7 Fair Rating
Student Recreational Sports Supervisors are among the most important people in the Recreational Sports Program. They serve as assistants to the professional staff and make all final on-site decisions. Additional duties include:
- Be at the assigned area at least 15 minutes prior to game time.
- Have all necessary equipment ready and on hand.
- Have a list of qualified officials to call upon in case an assigned official fails to show.
- Evaluate officials.
- Make note of any misconduct on the score sheet.
- Have a working knowledge of the rules.
- Collect all equipment and score sheets at the end of the contest.
- Tally forfeits.
- Publicize Recreational Sports.
- Assist in the administration of the program.
- Function as an appeals committee for students penalized for major violations.
- If the injury is serious, call 9-911
- For minor cuts use the First Aide Kit that is located in the duffel bag at the game site. *Be sure to follow the Bloodborne Pathogens procedures.
- If a person has an injury that requires ice beyond the cold pack in the first aide kit, you may get it from the Snack Shop. The training room is for varsity athletes only.
- If an injured person needs to go to the emergency room at Rockingham Memorial Hospital and 911 has not been called, it is the captain’s responsibility to find the injured person a ride. The rec sports supervisor may assist in finding transportation but is not able to leave the game site.
- The Coordinator of Recreational Sports (432-4133) should be notified about any injuries that require a trip to the hospital and the RD on Call (476-4578) should be notified if the injury is to a campus resident.
- Once the injury is cared for, an injury report should be completed. These forms can be found in the Rec Sports Office or in the Rec Sports Notebook.
- Send the injury report to the Rec Sports Office when it is complete.