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Sportsmanship and Conduct Policy

Philosophy

Sportsmanship is individuals or teams doing unto others as they would have others do unto them. Sportsmanship is individuals containing an understanding and appreciation of the rules developed for sport. Players enjoying the recreational experience and encouraging others to participate regardless of skill level will help enhance the integrity of the program. All participants will take responsibility for his/her own actions regardless of the repercussions, which involves not blaming others for mistakes made or making excuses for wrong doings. Sportsmanship is recognizing and acknowledging character and honor among team members and opponents while practicing such characteristics themselves. Participants will respect officials, supervisors, and opponents during, before, and after a contest. Finally, sportsmanship will portray an overall respect and passion for the sport and recreation.

Sportsmanship Mission

Old Dominion University and the Intramural Sports program are dedicated to promote and enforce positive sportsmanship among all ODU participants. Through each contest participants must portray fair play, respect for opponents, and intramural staff, as well as, graciousness in winning or losing. In order to encourage proper conduct during games, officials, supervisors, and administrative personnel will make decisions to warn, penalize and/or eject players, coaches, teams and/or spectators for poor sportsmanship. The decisions made by these individuals are final and will be reviewed by the Coordinator of Intramural Sports. In the instance teams challenge their rating, only the captain will meet with the Coordinator of Intramural Sports to discuss the issue. All captains are responsible for the conduct of their teams during an intramural contest. The sportsmanship rating can be affected by actions occurring before or after a contest.

Sportsmanship Critera and Ratings

Based on this philosophy the following system will be used to evaluate a team's sportsmanship during each contest in which they participate:

Teams will receive a rating each week that will create an average at the end of the season. Teams in Leagues A, B, C, Co-Rec and Women must have an average of 3.0 at the end of their regular season to continue play and be eligible for playoffs.

Example:

Week 1: 3

Week 2: 3

Week 3: 2

Week 4: 3

Total: 11

Average Conversion: 11/4 = 2.75. This team would be ineligible for continued play and playoffs.

Excellent Sportsmanship: (5 points) "Win with class - lose with dignity"

Participants cooperate fully with the officials and intramural site managers. They will respect all calls and decisions made by the intramural staff. During a confrontation, the team captain will have complete control of his/her team and will address the issue to the head official in a calm and respectable manner. Players will recognize good sportsmanship among their team and their opponent through verbal comments or polite gestures. Captains will encourage full participation and does not segregate other members that will prohibit participation. Teams receive absolutely no warnings, ejections, yellow cards, unsportsmanlike penalties or technical fouls.

  • Teams must display absolute respect for opponents, officials, supervisors, and administrative staff.
  • Teams willingly accept all decisions by officials without question.
  • Teams are responsible for their actions and do not respond negatively.
  • Teams encourage other to participate and do not segregate teammates.
  • Teams recognize good sportsmanship among their team and the opponent.
  • Teams state positive comments of encouragement towards teammates and opponents.
  • Teams show concern for an injured player, regardless of team.
  • Teams accept a loss and congratulate the opponent on their success.
  • Teams receive absolutely no warnings, ejections, yellow cards, unsportsmanlike penalties or technical fouls.

Good Sportsmanship: (4 points)

Participants cooperate partially with the officials and intramural site managers. Teams accept some decisions by the officials with some questions by the players. During a confrontation, the team captain has some control of his/her team and address the issue to the head official in a calm and respectable manner. Players are responsible for their actions, but contain some negative responses. Teams accepted a loss and congratulate the other teams on their success. Teams may receive warnings, but absolutely no ejections, technical fouls, yellow cards, unsportsmanlike penalties or technical fouls.

  • Teams must display partial respect for opponents, officials, supervisors, and administrative staff.
  • Teams accept all decisions by officials with some questions.
  • Teams are responsible for their actions with some negative responses.
  • Teams encourage others to participate and do not segregate teammates.
  • Teams state some positive comments of encouragement towards teammates and opponents.
  • Teams show concern for an injured player, regardless of team.
  • Teams accept a loss and congratulate the opponent on their success.
  • Teams may receive a warning, but displays good sportsmanship after the confrontation.
  • Players curse at themselves in a low tone voice.
  • Teams receive no ejections or technical fouls.

Average Sportsmanship: (3 points)

Participants display some respect for opponents, officials, supervisors, and administrative staff. Teams accepted some decisions by officials with some questions. Players that commit negative actions deny their actions with some negative responses. Captains do not encourage others to participate and segregate their teammates from participation. Throughout the contest teams state few positive comments of encouragement towards teammates and opponents. Teams will accept the loss, but does not congratulate their opponent on their success. Teams received multiple warnings, multiple unsportsmanlike penalties or technical fouls, but no ejections.

Note: All teams that request to cancel within 24 hours of their next contest will receive a 3.0 rating.

  • Teams displayed some respect for opponents, officials, supervisors, and administrative staff.
  • Teams accepted some decisions by officials with questions.
  • Teams deny some responsibility for their actions with some negative responses.
  • Teams do not encourage others to participate and segregate teammates.
  • Teams state few positive comments of encouragement towards teammates and opponents.
  • Players curse at themselves in a loud tone that bystanders can over hear.
  • Teams show concern for an injured player, regardless of team.
  • Teams accept a loss but, do not congratulate the opponent on their success.
  • Teams received multiple warnings, multiple unsportsmanlike penalties or technical fouls, but no ejections.

Below Average: (2 points)

Participants display some respect for opponents, officials, supervisors, and administrative staff. Teams accepted some decisions by officials with multiple questions. Players that commit negative actions deny their actions with multiple negative responses. Captains do not encourage others to participate and segregate their teammates from participation. Throughout the contest teams state no positive comments of encourage towards teammates and opponents. Teams strive to score as many points as possible to embarrass opponent. Teams received warnings, ejections, unsportsmanlike penalties or technical fouls.

  • Teams displayed no respect for opponents, officials, supervisors, and administrative staff
  • Teams accepted some decisions by officials with multiple questions
  • Teams are responsible for their actions with multiple negative responses
  • Teams do not encourage others to participate and segregate teammates
  • Teams state no positive comments of encouragement towards teammates and opponents
  • Players curse at teammates and opponents in a low tone voice
  • Teams ignore an injured player, regardless of team
  • Teams do not accept a loss and do not congratulate the opponent on their success
  • Teams purposely strive to score as many points as possible to embarrass opponent
  • Teams received ejections, unsportsmanlike penalties or technical fouls

Unacceptable Sportsmanship: (1 point)

Participants exhibit a blatant disregard for the philosophy of sportsmanship, officials, and opponents. The contest is dangerous with occasional intent to injure their opponent. The team captains have absolutely no control of their team conduct and the contest is stopped by the intramural site manager. Physical abuse is present through participants fighting. Participants received warnings, ejections, unsportsmanlike penalties or technical fouls.

Note: Teams that forfeit through a no show will automatically receive a 1.0 rating. Teams that receive a player ejection will automatically receive this rating.

  • Blatant disregard for the philosophy of sportsmanship, officials, and opponents
  • Play is dangerous with occasional intent to injure opponent
  • Players curse at teammates and players in a loud tone that bystanders over hear
  • Captain has no control of team conduct
  • Participants received ejections, unsportsmanlike penalties or technical fouls

Sportsmanship Sanctions

The intramural department contains the right to address all issues that pertain to sportsmanship issues. Players that are ejected from an event will receive an automatic one game suspension and will have to meet with the Coordinator of Intramural Sports. The captain of the team will have to attend this meeting to discuss the sportsmanship issue and the rating system. The intramural department also reserves the right to contact Judicial Affairs to resolve extreme disciplinary situations. All situations will be handling individually and sanctions may vary.

Unsportsmanship Conduct Guidelines

Throughout the year, numerous situations result in players, bench personnel, spectators, coaches and/or teams being ejected from Intramural Sports contests. This document is a reference for the range of suspensions that will be issued if individuals are ejected from a contest or site. Since all cases cannot be described in detail, examples noted in various categories are provided. These suspension lengths are guidelines only and may be extended at the discretion of the Assistant Director and/or professional staff. Ejections and suspensions are handled on a case-by-case basis. Be advised that suspensions will begin when the meeting with the Assistant Director occurs, not at the time of the ejection/altercation. It is the responsibility of the ejected participant to set up a meeting time with the Assistant Director. Until this meeting takes place, the offending participant is considered an ineligible player and is not allowed to participate in any intramural events. This includes games that he/she may have in other sports or divisions, including games on the same night as the ejection. Suspended individuals are ineligible to play in ANY intramural activity until their suspension has ended.

In this document, "participants" refers to all intramural participants, spectators, bystanders or coaches.

Any ejection is subject to additional sanctions from the Office of Student Conduct.

Unsportsmanlike Conduct

This includes ejections based on administrative infractions and/or all non-physical offenses, which are inherently illegal in the sport and diminish the quality of sportsmanship in the intramural contest. Examples include, but are not limited to: Tying a flag belt (flag football); Fake tag (softball); inappropriate words, actions or gestures towards officials, participants, spectators or staff; being under the influence of alcohol, tobacco or other substances before, during or after contests regardless of the location of said use of substances; comments made towards participants which could be construed as threatening in nature.

Category 1st Offense 2nd Offense
Unsportsmanlike Conduct 1-2 Games 2-4 Games

Unsportsmanlike Contact

Ejections for unsportsmanlike conduct of a physical nature directed towards other participants or intramural employees. This includes, but is not limited to: Slide Tackling in Soccer, tackling in football, flagrant foul (basketball) intentional damage to Rec and Wellness property and any minimal contact with an intramural employee.

Category 1st Offense 2nd Offense
Unsportsmanlike Contact 1-3 Games 4- Games - Semester

Improper Use of Identification

Participants may not use another person's ID or give their ID to another participant for usage in intramural contests. Participants may not alter their ID for any purpose.

Category 1st Offense 2nd Offense
Improper use of ODU ID
Semester 1 Year

Fighting

Aggressive physical contact with a participant before, during or after any Rec and Wellness event; aggressive contact with any intramural sports staff; threatening comments or actions towards a Rec and Wellness staff member.

Category 1st Offense 2nd Offense
Fighting
Semester - 1 year
Permanent Suspension

Ejections

An ejected player and the team captain must make an appointment to meet with the Assistant Director of Recreation and Wellness before they can resume participation in intramural activities. The team captain will be held responsible for ensuring that the ejected player attends this meeting.

Offenses

All offenses will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. If suspensions cannot be met due to the end of the season, the suspension will carry over into the next sport in which the player and/or team participates. If the player does not fulfill the terms of the suspension, he/she will be disqualified from all Recreation and Wellness activities for the remainder of the time that he/she is a student at ODU. Extreme unsportsmanlike conduct or repeated ejections from play may result in disqualification from participation in ALL Recreation and Wellness activities for a period to be established by the Recreation and Wellness Department.