descIntramural Sports

Engineer Open League Policies

Section I: Structure

Intramural Board

The Intramural Board will consist of the Director, Associate Director and Assistant Director of Intramurals, and all the Intramural Sport Coordinators. They act as the governing board of the Intramural program and their decision regarding any aspect of the program shall be final. It is the responsiblity of the Intramural Board to regulate the rules and policies in all sports.

Section II: Eligibility


All undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to participate in intramurals as long as you are currently enrolled in at full time status. Cross registered students are not permitted to play in Rensselaer Intramurals.

Faculty and Staff

All faculty and staff are eligible to participate in intramurals as long as you are currently working on campus and have a Rensselaer ID card. Spouse, dependents, friends and relatives of Rensselaer faculty and staff are not eligible to compete in the Rensselaer Intramurals.


Alumni of Rensselaer are permitted to participate in the Engineer Open League intramural program provided they are members of the Let's Go Red booster club.

IFC Members

If an IFSC member registers on an Engineer Open League Roster, he or she is not eligible to compete for his or her house team in that particular sport.

Collegiate and Club Athletes

A member of varsity, junior varsity, or club team is not eligible for competition in that sport after his or her name appears on the official team roster for a regular season contest. He or she is ineligible to participate in that sport for the duration of the team's season unless released by the coach in writing to participate in Intramural sports. To be able to compete, the athlete must turn in a written release form to the Director of Intramurals. Any varsity, junior varsity, or club athlete may compete in any intramural sport while he or she is out of season.Any student who participated on the varsity, junior varsity, or club teams MUST PLAY in the intramural A LEAGUE for that sport.

Investigation of Eligibility

The Intramural Department does not assume responsibility for investigating the eligibility of all participants, but will investigate any properly protested cases with regard to eligibility.

Individual Affiliation

NO INDIVIDUAL MAY COMPETE FOR MORE THAN ONE TEAM IN ANY INTRAMURAL SPORT. For example, you cannot compete on two basketball teams even though they are playing in different leagues.

Playoff Eligibility

Players must play in at least one regular season contest in order to be eligible for playoffs.The team captain is the sole spokesman for his/her team in conferring with the officials and must assume the responsibility for the conduct of his/her players and spectators. Intramural Sports expects a high level or sportsmanship from its participants and verbal or physical abuse of its student employees will not be tolerated.

Intramural Officials and Supervisors have the authority to remove from a game, without warning, any player who is playing in a dangerous manner, displaying unsportsmanlike conduct, or shows evidence of drug or alcohol use. When a player has been ejected from a game, he/she must leave the area immediately. Players removed from a game by an official or supervisors are suspended indefinitely for all Intramural Sports and must personally seek reinstatment from the Intramural Coordinator by calling (518)276-6556. When deemed appropriate or when injury or property damage results from the misconduct, the matter will be reported to the Office of the Intramural Director for further possible disciplinary action.

Section III: Fees

Fee Collection

After creating a team you will be put on a waitlist until your registration fee has been paid. All fees must be paid before the registration deadline. Failure to pay before the deadline will result in the deletion of the team. The spot will be given to the next team in line. All fees will be collected by Joseph Campo ( in the Mueller Center Monday through Friday between 10am and 6pm. All checks should be made out to Student Union Intramurals. If paying with cash, please bring exact amounts. Thank You.

Section IV: RPI ID Policies

Each participant must bring their Rensselaer ID card to all games in order to participate. If your ID is lost or stolen it is your responsibility to replace it before your game, no exceptions. Driver's license or class schedules will not be allowed.

Assumed Name/Using Someone Else's ID Card

Anyone caught playing under an assumed name or using someone else's ID will be ineligible to participate in intramurals for the remainder of the semester. A team penalty may also be imposed. Also the player who loaned out their ID card is also ineligible to participate for the remainder of the semester. Repeat occurrences will include other penalties with the possibility of a suspension period for a year.

Mutual Player Agreement

Teams may not play and ineligible person even by mutual agreement of both teams' captains or individuals involved in the contest.

Team Transfers

A player may not change teams once they have played one game with the team they started the season with. The only way you can transfer teams is if the entire team disbands.

Section V: Penalties

Ejected Player(s)

Any player(s) ejected from a game may not return to that particular game. Before the player(s) are allowed to participate in future games, they must meet with the Intramural Coordinator.

Any player ejected from a game is ineligible for the post-season game/tournament for that sport. If there is an incident of player ejection by the same team in the same season, the team is ineligible for the pos-season game/tournament. If the ejection takes place in a post-season game/tournament, that game will be ended.

These are minimum suspensions, and may be extended at the discretion of the Director of Intramural Sports, and the Associate Intramural Sports Director. All suspensions are indefinite in length and apply to all intramural sports activities until the player seeks, and is granted, reinstatement from the Associate Intramural Sports Director.An appointment must be made to seek reinstatement. Participants are subject to ejection from intramural events from the time they arrive at the game site to the time they leave.

To avoid escalating a fight, players in the game should restrain their own teammates. Do not grab opponents to attempt to break up a fight.

Section VI: Protest

If a team feels that an official has misrepresented a rule or suspects that their opponents are using an ineligible player, the team must lodge a protest immediately. The protest must be made by the team captain verbally to the official and the on-site supervisor and every effort should be made to resolve the problem at that time. If a team is dissatisfied with the on-site ruling, a formal protest must be filed. All formal protests must be made in writing and the protesting team should record the game situation (officials, score, time remaining, outs, etc.) and must be submitted to the Mueller Center front desk no later than 5pm the following day. Ruling on protest will be made by the Intramural Board and the decision of the Director of Intramurals will be final. Protests may not be made on judgment calls (out/safe, in/out, block/charge, etc.).

Section VII: Spectators

Conduct of Participants and Spectators

The purpose of the Intramural Sports program is to provide exercise, diversion, and fun to participants in a relaxed, yet structured, environment. All actions and comments, whether to officials, supervisors, participants or spectators should be constructive, if offered at all. Teams are responsible for all spectators that come to watch them play. All spectators are subject to the policies and regulations of the Rensselaer Intramural Sport Program, the facilities where the games are played and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Participants and spectators are expected to behave in a cooperative, positive manner which contributes to the IM philosophy of the Spirit of Competition. Each team is responsible for the conduct of their team members and spectators before, during and after the contest. All vulgar, obscene, abusive, derogatory and demeaning comments or gestures create a hostile environment, generate ill-will and contribute to a negative IM experience. THIS BEHAVIOR WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. All instances of unnecessary roughness, attempting to injure another person, threatening another person, provoking an altercation or fighting will result in severe disciplinary action. Participants and spectators are expected to comply with the request and directions of all IM personnel in a respectful pleasant manner. The consumption of alcoholic beverages or drugs are not allowed at IM activities. Person(s) will be asked to leave the facility. The role of the spectators is to provide support and encouragement which is beneficial to the participants, the game and the IM program. Spectators must remain in their designed areas and may not encroach on the playing area. Individuals and teams that violate these guidelines will be disciplined at the discretion of the Officials, Scorekeepers, Supervisors and the IM Director. Teams may be penalized for the actions of their spectators as well as their team members.The Intramural Sports program reserves the right to refuse service to any participant who violates any policy or procedure, or engages in any verbal and/or physical abuse of the Intramural Sports program staff or participants.

Section VIII: Fighting (3rd Person Rule)

Under no circumstances will fighting be tolerated, If two players are caught fighting and a 3rd person jumps in, regardless of which team he/she is with, then the game is automatically declared a double forfeit for both teams.

Section IX: Injuries

In the event of an injury during an Intramural activity, the on-site supervisor will assist the student, make a written report, determine the severity of the injury and call Public Safety at the emergency number 276-6111. In the case of a serious injury, emergency assistance will be called unless otherwise advised by the injured participant. In the case of a head or neck injury, the participant will not be allowed to participate in the rest of the game and the emergency number will be called.

Section X: Reporting Scores

It is the responsibility of the team captains to report scores in a timely fashion. If scores are not reported within 24hours both teams will receive a forfeit. Scores will be updated by captains on the IM Leagues website. Contradictory reports will result in a IM board investigation and possible penalties for false information.

Assumption of Risk and Hold Harmless Agreement

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute does not provide accident insurance coverage for injuries received by Intramural participants. Each participant should make sure he/she has coverage either through family policies or the student insurance plan. We cannot emphasize this point enough.

By registering a team, team captains assume the responsibility of that they shall make their teammates aware of the various risks associated with participating in the activity. Captain\'s that do not agree to take this responsibility will not be entered into the intramural leagues.

Participation in sporting and athletic activities involves certain inherent risks. These include, without limitation, the significant risk of serious personal injury or death and the significant risk of personal property damage or destruction, and hereby assume all risks and consequences associated with or arising in connection with such participation. Participants agree to indemnify and hold harmless the State of New York, the Board of Trustees of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and their employees and students, and all organizations involved in the coordination, hosting, staffing and contribution of equipment and supplies, and their agents, servants and employees from and against any and all claims, damages, actions, liability and expenses in connection with loss of life, personal injury and/or damage to property arising out of my participation in the intramural program.