Intramural Basketball Rules

Illegal/Prohibited Equipment is as Listed, but Not Limited to, the Following:
  1. Shorts, pants, or jerseys with any pocket(s), belt(s), belt loop(s), exposed drawstrings, or zippers.
  2. Jewelry: Includes earrings, rings, watches, bracelets, and necklaces.
  3. Any exposed body/facial jewelry must be taken out.
  4. Any item containing exposed knots: Includes bandannas, do-rags, and stocking caps.
  5. Hard and unyielding leg and knee brace material.
Game Shall be Played Between 2 Teams of 5 Players or 2 Teams of 3 Players:
  1. 5-on-5 full court (minimum of 4 players required to start in order to avoid a forfeit).
  2. There is no limit to the number of players on a roster; however, no additions may be made after the first week of the season. Special circumstances are left to the discretion of the ASC IM coordinators. If you have used your four years of eligibility at the collegiate level, then you are ineligible to compete at the Intramural level.
  3. Each team must assign a team captain and choose a team name. Team jerseys, if desirable, are the responsibility of the team.
All Games Must be Played as Scheduled:
  1. Team schedules, rules, and team standings will be posted on the bulletin board directly outside of the intramural office located in the arena.
  2. Games are 30 minutes (15 minute halves), beginning with a jump ball.
  3. There will be running halves with the clock stopping in the last 2-minutes of the second half on fouls, violations, free throws, and time-outs.
  4. Halftime is five minutes, after which the teams change directions.
  5. There will be only two (2) timeouts per game. Only players inbounds may request a time-out.
  6. Any team that cannot make the scheduled time will be given a forfeit. It is up to the team captain to contact the other team, the IM coordinator, and the refs if you desire to reschedule a game – this must all be done previously to the originally scheduled game so that it does not count as a forfeit.
Substitutions/Fouls/Mercy Rule:
  1. Substitutions may take place only during a dead-ball situation. During multiple free-throws, substitutions may be made only before the final attempt has been converted.
  2. Any player who accumulates 5 personal fouls shall be disqualified from the game.
  3. One fight and he/she will be out for the season. You will be given technical fouls for obscene language or obscene gestures.
  4. Two (2) technical fouls in one season will suspend you from further play. Technical fouls result in two free throw attempts by the offended team.
  5. Mercy Rule: Game will end when a team is 20 or more points ahead at the 2-minute mark in the 2nd half.
  6. In the event that a game ends in a tie, an overtime period of five minutes will be played, running clock. If the score remains tied, then a second five minute overtime period will be played.
Team Captain Responsibilities:
  1. The team captain must complete an IM survey with his/her team in order to be eligible for tournament play. Any team that does not hand in a completed survey will not participate in the tournament at the end of the season.
  2. Keep in active communication with the IM coordinator, especially concerning the rescheduling of any games, if necessary.
  3. Upon completion of each game, record all the scores in the appropriate place. ** All questions should be directed to either your IM coordinators whose phone numbers and email will be provided when you turn in your rosters
Inclement Weather

In the case of thunder and/or lightning, all students must get to shelter IMMEDIATELY.

Statement to the Players Regarding Officiating
  1. The officials are there to call the game! The players are present to play the game! Therefore, the players should not start calling the game.
  2. It is not an easy job!
  3. Officials should hustle, know the rules, and be in the correct position.
  4. They make the call as they see them and do the best they can.
  5. Just as you are not perfect, neither are the officials.
  6. Players and spectators at the intercollegiate and professional levels do not see a play as the officials do!
Responsibilities of the Referees
  1. Record all the wins/losses after the games have been played on the Intramural Board in the arena and also notify the Intramural Coordinators with the outcome of the games.
  2. Notify the IM coordinator with any players who are guilty of misconduct.
  3. Notify the IM coordinator of any forfeits or rescheduled games.
  4. Referees make $7 per hour-it is the responsibility of the referees to record their own hours in the Intramural notebook at the front desk.
Team Captain's Responsibilities
Each Team entering an Intramural Sports Activity should elect a captain and an alternate captain. These individuals will serve as a liaison between their respective ream and the Intramural Sports

The following are a list of responsibilities of the Intramural Captain:
  • Submit correct team/player information and maintain current and updated information if the roster changes during the season.
  • Choose a team name that is selected in good taste and not offensive to individuals or groups on the basis of race, place or origin, religion, disability, sex, age, or culture.
  • Ensure that equipment is properly cared for during play.
  • Know, understand, and share with all team members the rules, policies, and procedures of the intramural sports program. Assume responsibility for adherence by you and your team.
  • Notify all team members of the time, place, and date of all scheduled contests and make sure they arrive at least ten (10) minutes prior to the scheduled time.
  • Notify the Intramural Sports Coordinators in any event of a need for postponement at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Contact the opposing team captain to set up a rematch.
  • Schedule courts and refs for any rescheduled games.
  • Make sure all team members are eligible to participate and all other policies and procedures as listed in the Intramural Sports Guide are followed.
  • Work with the Intramural Sports staff to ensure a safe, fun Intramural Sports experience for all participants.
  • Pick up surveys for all team members near the end of the season and return them to the Front Desk of the Sports Center when completed.
  • Record the win/loss on the IM board immediately following the game.
  • Check the IM board, located in the arena, for updated scores and standings as well as schedules and any schedule changes that are made.

A forfeit is the failure of a team to have the minimum number of players necessary for competition in that sport or event present at the time they are scheduled to play.

Forfeit shall be assessed for the following: use of ineligible players, unsporting behavior, and failure to appear for a contest.

Any team that forfeits two (2) times during the entire season of a sport will be eliminated from further competition in that sport.

Postponements will be made only in rare and unusual circumstances. An event may be postponed for the following reasons:
  1. Inclement weather: Contact the Intramural Coordinators for information in the event of inclement weather.
  2. Any event that requires the majoring of team members to attend in an academic setting. A postponement of this kind will be considered on an individual basis. The Intramural Office will not accept individual requests from teams of individuals to reschedule contests. Requests for rescheduled games must be submitted to the Intramural Sports Coordinator at least 24 hours in advance of the time originally scheduled. If the request is approved, both of the team captains will be responsible to reschedule the postponed games on their own. This includes scheduling court time, if needed, and locating referees. If the request is not approved, the game will be played as originally scheduled. 

NOTE: Players not listed on a team's roster may not be recruited when a team is lacking players. Be sure that your own teammates will be present.

Tournament Play
  1. Tournaments for sports will be played at the end of the season.
  2. Basketball, Volleyball, Flag Football will all be involved in tournament play.
  3. The IM coordinators will notify the top teams that make the tournament and will do so statistically by a "win" to "total number of games played" ratio.
  4. Captains will be notified of tournament time and locations.
  5. Prizes will be awarded to the winning teams