The University of San Francisco: Koret Health And Recreation Center

IM Policies

I. USF Student Conduct Code – As a program/service that extends into the lives of many individuals belonging to the USF campus community, the USF Intramural Sports program asks that all participants adhere to the University’s Student Conduct Code.

Conduct that endangers the physical or psychological well-being of any person, including but not limited to the following, will result in disciplinary action;

a. Physical abuse
b. Verbal abuse
c. Threats
d. Intimidation
e. Harassment
f. Coercion
g. Harm to self
h. Hazing (Reference Hazing Policy for more information)
Visit for more information on the Student Code of Conduct. 

II. Sportsmanship – In congruence with the Student Code of Conduct, it is a participant’s duty to behave appropriately and responsibly. While competition can heat up, there is no excuse for poor sportsmanship and any act that endangers the wellbeing of another. A two game suspension is the minimum penalty for game ejections. Officials are to be respected at all times and any reported mistreatment will result in an automatic suspension.

III. Eligibility – Current USF students and USF faculty/staff are eligible to participate in the IM Sports program.

VARSITY ATHLETES – A NCAA athlete must be one semester removed from varsity competition in order to participate in the same sport that they are playing for the University.  This policy includes NCAA redshirts. For instance, a varsity soccer player cannot play on an intramural indoor or outdoor soccer team. If a varsity player is found to be playing illegally all members of that team will be suspended, from that sport, for the remainder of the semester and the incident will be reported to the University.

For field events, much of the time you’ll be entering and exiting the field through Koret’s back soccer hallway.  Make sure you have your Student ID to access the Koret Center and to check in for your game.  NO ID, no participation.

IV. Rosters and Waivers – Once you play a game for a particular team you must remain on that team for the duration of the semester long season. Rosters will be finalized and locked after your team’s second game. Plan accordingly for injuries and for participants that are out of town periodically. Once rosters are LOCKED you will not be able to add/or make changes to your team’s roster.

A person must play two games during a team’s regular season to be eligible to participate in the playoffs. 

If a team is found to be participating with a person who is not on their roster they will be penalized with a forfeit for the game in which the ‘ineligible’ participant played in.

V. Forfeiture Fees – A $50 payment for teams (see MUST be paid prior to playing in a league. The $50 will be fully refunded at the END of the season, provided your team does NOT forfeit any games (including playoff games). Otherwise, a team is charged $25 for one forfeit and $50 for two or more forfeits. 

Teams that accumulate two forfeits, and subsequently lose their forfeit deposit, will be dropped from the league and ineligible to make the playoffs.

VI. Forfeits and Defaults – Punctuality – You’re expected to be on time for ALL of your games. A late arrival forfeit will be at the discretion of the official.  Our field and court space is very limited due to the many departments using Koret.  Please be respectful of that and show up on time.

If you extend the IM Office a 48 hour notice of a forfeit, your team will not be charged  default. Defaults will not result in a loss of $25 of your team’s forfeiture fee.  Defaults still count as a loss for your team and could be the difference in advancing team to the playoffs.

VI. Play Structure – Leagues are either set up to run for the duration of the semester or as a mini league that runs for a shorter season (either Spring 1 or Spring 2 or the like). Full season leagues run for roughly 8 weeks. Mini league seasons run for roughly 4 weeks. A single elimination bracket tournament will follow the regular season for both types of leagues.

VII. Division Descriptions

  • When listed as such (Men’s or Women’s) leagues are gender specific.
  • OPEN leagues are not gender specific and any combination of males and females can participate on a given team.
  • COREC leagues are specific in the number of males and females that need to be on the court/field at all times.   
  • Undergrads may ‘play up’ in Graduate Leagues, but graduate students CANNOT ‘play down’ in Undergraduate Leagues. 

VIII. Injuries – If you sustain injury while participating, please bring it to the attention of the official/scorekeeper on duty. The Koret Center is staffed with various persons trained in First Aid, AED and CPR. Seek their advice and assistance prior to treating an injury yourself. 

IX. Equipment – USF IM Sports will provide game balls. We will not provide practice/warm up balls. We will also provide jerseys and/or pinnies for specific sports.

No Metal Cleats, baseball style spikes, or cleats with metal exposed are permitted any in any Intramural contest or sport. The Intramural Sports Staff will ask the offending individual to remove the shoes the first time. However, any subsequent time, the individual will be ejected from the intramural contest. No bare feet, flip flops, sandals or any form of open-toed shoes are permitted.

Leg and knee braces made of hard, unyielding material must be covered on both sides and all edges with appropriate slow-recovery padding. Jewelry is NOT allowed to be worn by any participant during an intramural contest. This includes, any visible rings (including wedding bands), watches, necklaces (including hemp necklaces), earrings, studs, bracelets, and any other such similar jewelry. Medical alert bracelets are permitted.

X. Game Cancellations and Inclement Weather – Game cancellations may occur due inclement weather. Captains and participants should proceed as if games are on unless notified. If a game is cancelled we will do our best to notify captains at least an hour prior to game time, if not sooner. Games in progress may be called due to weather or waning daylight, at the discretion of the official.

XI. Game Rescheduling – We strongly encourage captains to bring any scheduling concerns to our attention prior to the creation/release of the schedule. If over the course of the regular season your team arrives at a situation that requires rescheduling consideration, those requests must be made within 48 hours of game time in order to avoid a forfeit. Games will be rescheduled based on space and both team’s availability.

XII. Game Protests – Protest can be filed regarding player eligibility only. If you are under the impression that the opposing team is playing with a person that is not on their roster, is not a USF student, is a varsity athlete competing in their associated sport, etc. etc. you are encouraged to bring it to the attention of the IM Sports office within 24 hours of the conclusion of the game in question.

XIII. Playoff Advancement – In order to advance to the playoffs your team must adhere to all of the policies and guidelines set forth. After considering the time and field/court space we have to work with, we will strive to advance all teams with a winning record.  

Teams that accumulate more than two forfeits, and subsequently lose their forfeit deposit, will be dropped from the league and ineligible to make the playoffs. Teams that forfeit once throughout the season may advance to the playoffs, only after priority has been given to teams that complete the regular season having not accrued a single forfeit or default.

IV. IM Spectators – Every IM participant and spectator needs a valid and working I.D. (i.e. USF ID or Koret membership card) to enter the Koret Center.  If you don’t have a valid USF ID with you, you’ll be charged either the $10 student drop-in fee or the $15 adult drop-in fee. It is imperative and expected that you inform all potential spectator friends or family that they must pay a drop-in fee to enter the Koret Center when coming to watch your games.