Participant Code of Conduct

The following UCSC Intramural Sports Code of Conduct has been developed by the Office of Physical Education, Recreation and Sports and approved by the Office of Student Services, in order to enable OPERS to deal fairly with participant-related issues and concerns impacting the Intramural Sports Program. At all times the IM Sports program will refer to and support the Student Code of Conduct. 

A. Participants are expected to conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner. Webster’s defines sportsman/sportswoman as “a person who can take a loss or defeat without complaint, or victory without gloating, and who treats their opponents with fairness, generosity, courtesy, etc.” Sportsmanship is defined as those “qualities and behavior befitting a sportsman” This is further defined as:

1. Abiding by the letter and the spirit of the rules of play;

2. Treating opponents with courtesy and generosity;

3. Playing his or her best but never losing sight of the fact that it is a game which was designed primarily for enjoyment;

4. Winning and losing with dignity and respect.

B. Unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated. By definition, therefore, a person who is not demonstrating sportsmanship is one who is unfair, lacks generosity, and is a poor loser. Conduct which does not demonstrate sportsmanship would be that which lacks grace in the acceptance of results. Examples of unsportsmanlike conduct which are unacceptable are:

1. Persistently questioning officials in regard to their decisions.

2. Making derogatory remarks about or to officials and/or players (remarks which are profane are of particular concern).

3. Making obscene or objectionable demonstrations or dissent.

4. Conduct which seeks to intimidate or deceive officials.

5. Employing unnecessarily rough tactics against an opposing player.

6. Refusing to abide by an official’s decision.

7. Shoving, striking, or otherwise threatening participants and/or officials.

C. Contest Sanctions. Officials may employ the following sanctions against all persons for unsportsmanlike conduct.

1. Failure to abide by a decision of the game official will result in removal from further play.

2. Should unsportsmanlike conduct persist after the participant has been removed from the field/court of play, then they shall be removed from the area of play.

3. Should the participant refuse to leave the area of play, as directed by the official, or should the participant’s unsportsmanlike conduct be flagrant or persistent, the game will be declared a forfeit win by the opposing team. UCSC Police may also be alerted at this time.

4. Any participant who is removed or ejected from a game must meet with the Intramural Sports Coordinator prior to being reinstated/allowed to play again. If they ignore this rule, any and all games that they have participated in, regardless of if it is the same sport or not, will be declared a forfeit win for the opposing team.

D. Disciplinary Procedures. The following procedures will be observed in cases of alleged unsportsmanlike conduct and for all persons ejected or removed from play during, before or after an Intramural Sports contest or activity.

1. The alleged or ejected participant(s) charged with unsportsmanlike conduct must make an appointment to meet with the Intramural Sports Coordinator and may not participate again until they have done so. Participants can be accompanied by their team captain/manager if they wish. They will be asked to express their perspective and view of what transpired or contributed to the altercation/ejection. At times, members of the IM Sports Student Leadership Team may sit in on these meetings. Depending on the severity of the incident, first time offenders will be given a warning and allowed to continue participating after sitting for one week/game. If a second offense occurs, the person will be banned from participation from one quarter/one year, or they may be permanently removed from future participation in any and all Intramural Sports events.

2. Depending on the severity of the incident additional OPERS privileges and access may also be lost.

3. Any ejections/cases related to acts of violence or assault will also involve the filing of a police report and adjudication by The Conduct and Community Standards Office. 

E. Greek Week and other IM-sponsored events

1. All participants during the event(s) must adhere to the above stated standards. Team captains will also be held accountable for the behavior of their team, coaches, members and their support groups.

2. All participants are also held to the standards established by the Inter Greek Council (IGC).

3. All Coaches will be held accountable for their behavior. They cannot be disruptive of the game that is in progress. Depending on the severity of any infractions, unsportsmanlike penalties and expulsion may result. A warning may be given but it should not be expected. Coaches may only come on to the field/court during a timeout. Coach’s actions may also be held accountable by the Greek Organization that they are affiliated with and subject to additional penalties deemed appropriate by that organization.

F. Sportsmanship Rating System

All teams and participants are subject to receiving a sportsmanship rating on a scale of 1-4 for every event they participate in. All ratings are determined by the IM Staff on duty throughout the event. Teams/participants that earn an average sportsmanship rating of less than 2.75 are subject to being removed from playoff contention or the remainder of scheduled events. Please read below for details on what each rating represents. 

4 = Excellent - Team members and fans were cooperative with officials and were respectful of opponents and officials. The captain had full control of the team. Team members showed complete respect for all opponents and staff throughout participation.

3 = Above Average - Team members and fans were mostly respectful of opponents and staff throughout participation except for one or two minor incidents. Minor incidents do not include administrative penalties for illegal substitutions or too many people participating at a time, unless the actions are deemed intentional or has been a repeated offense. 

2 = Below Average - (Note: At least one of these examples must occur for a Below Average rating to be given) Team members or spectators were disrespectful of opponents and/or officials on a number of occasions. Captain showed little control of the team. An unsporting technical foul, unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, or yellow card was issued. An Intramural Sports Supervisor had to step in to address unsportsmanlike behavior among team members. Teams failed to clean up after themselves after the game ended. Any other behavior deemed inappropriate or unsportsmanlike by the Intramural Staff.

1 = Poor - (Note: At least one of these examples must occur for a Poor rating to be given) Team members or spectators continually comment to opponents and/or officials and are disrespectful. Team captain showed no control over the team. Multiple unsporting technical fouls, unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, or yellow cards issued. Participant ejection for unsporting behavior. An Intramural Supervisor had to step-in on more than one occasion to address unsportsmanlike behavior among team members. Any other behavior deemed inappropriate or unsportsmanlike by the Intramural Staff.