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Intramural Sports

Get out there and have some fun! You can form a team and join an intramural league with weekly matches. Or, if you don’t want to commit to a season of play, you can opt to participate in our tournaments. In any case, intramurals are an opportunity to get active, have fun and meet some like-minded friends. Want to play, but can’t find a team? Talk to us. We’ll help you get connected.

Sign Up

Start or Join a Team

  1. Create an IMLeagues account, or login to your existing account.
  2. Click the “Get Involved” button in the upper right to see the list of sports currently available.
  3. Pick your sport and league.
  4. You’ll then be taken to that league’s dashboard, where you’ll see all of the scheduled time slots. Depending on what you would like to do, you can:
    • pick an open timeslot and create your own team,
    • join an existing team, or
    • sign up as a free agent to find teams looking for an extra player.
  5. If you haven’t yet, you’ll be prompted to take the Player’s Quiz, a multiple choice test to ensure that you know Intramural Sports policies and the rules of your specific sport. You’ll need to answer all the questions correctly. (You can retake the test until you pass.)
  6. When you have successfully joined a team, you may be prompted to pay for your IM pass by credit card. Your pass allows you to play on as many teams as you choose.

Sports Offered

Sign up is open for the sports listed below! When you pick one of the leagues below, you’ll be taken directly to that IMLeagues page.

These sports are offered during the 2016–17 academic year. Rules for each are available on IMLeagues.

There are 4 seasons. Expand all into a list.

Winter II
Mar – Apr


  • Registration: Feb 22 – Mar 8
  • Regular Season: Mar 12 – 31
  • Playoff Registration: Mar 31
  • Playoffs: Apr 2 – 17

Available Sports

  • Broomball
  • Indoor Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • 4v4 Flag Football
Winter Tournaments

Registration Dates

Tournament registration dates are dependent on the sport.

Tournament Dates

  • Badminton: Jan 20 – 21
  • Squash: Feb 10 – 11
  • Bowling: Mar 11
  • Billiards: Mar 25
  • Swim Meet: Mar 28
  • Battleship: Apr 1
May – Jun


  • Registration:  May 2 – May 4
  • Regular Season:  May 8 – May 24
  • Playoffs: May 30 – Jun 14

Available Sports

  • 2v2 Sand Volleyball
  • 4v4 Sand Volleyball
  • 9v9 Soccer
  • 7v7 Ultimate Frisbee
  • 10v10 Softball
  • 3v3 Outdoor Basketball
  • Singles Tennis
  • Doubles Tennis
  • Lawn Game League
Jul – Aug


  • Registration:  Jun 27 – Jun 29
  • Regular Season:  Jul 7 – Jul 25
  • Playoffs: Jul 28 – Aug 15

Available Sports

  • 2v2 Sand Volleyball
  • 4v4 Sand Volleyball
  • 9v9 Soccer
  • 7v7 Ultimate Frisbee
  • 10v10 Softball
  • 3v3 Outdoor Basketball
  • Singles Tennis
  • Doubles Tennis
  • Lawn Game League


  • Maize League: This is a competitive level that has priority to play in athletic venues when space is available.
    • Maize Men
    • Maize Women
    • Maize Co-Rec
  • Blue League: This level is less competitive and more recreational. This league is good for beginners or those who just want to play for fun.
    • Blue Men
    • Blue Women
    • Blue Co-Rec
  • Grad/Faculty/Staff League: These leagues are for graduates and U‑M employees.
  • Fraternity League: This league is for member of the Greek system.

Those who identify as female are permitted to play on Maize Men’s and Blue Men’s leagues.


Dates ValidFee
Season PassFall I (Sept 18 - Oct 18)$20
Fall II (Oct 30 - Dec 12)$20
Winter I (Jan 15 - Feb 24)$20
Winter II (Mar 12 - Apr 17)$20
Spring (May 8 - Jun 14)$20
Summer (Jul 7 - Aug 15)$20
Semester PassFall (Sept 18 - Dec 12)$30
Winter (Jan 15 - Apr 17)$30
Spring/Summer (May 8 - Aug 15)$30
Year PassSept 18 - Apr 17$50



Each sport offered has its own set of rules. In order to sign up or create a team for a particular sport, each participant must read the rules and pass the Player’s Quiz on IMLeagues.



Playoff registration opens at 10:00 am on the announced day. Teams will have until 5:00 pm to select their playoff spot or they will be placed into an open slot by Intramural Sports. Due to weather and other factors, playoff times are subject to change.


Participants must be on the team roster by the last regular season game. Teams must play at least one regular season game and earn 21 Sportsmanship Rating System (SRS) points over the course of regular season play.


The League must have at least 16 playoff-eligible teams in order to qualify for both a championship bracket and a consolation bracket. When brackets are split, the top two teams in each division will be placed in the championship bracket; the bottom zero, one or two teams will be placed in the consolation bracket.

Teams must earn at least 7 SRS points in each playoff game in order to advance to the next round.


Decisions on final seedings for each division may be necessary before all week 3 games of the regular season are completed and, for this reason, playoff seedings for some teams may not take game 3 into account. Seeds will be determined based on:

  • winning percentage
  • head to head
  • sportsmanship rating
  • points against
  • coin flip

When to Play

Playing Fields and Times

Outdoor sports are typically played at Mitchell Field while indoor sports are housed at the Intramural Sports Building. Playing times are Sundays between noon and 11:00 pm and Monday through Friday between 5:00 pm and 11:00 pm.


Your team’s schedule is based on the division you selected in IMLeagues. These times may vary slightly to allow additional teams to play.

If your team has a scheduling issue due to multiple sports, academic conflicts or religious concerns, we will attempt to reschedule the game, but there are no guarantees.

In the event of inclement weather, only Intramural Sports has the authority to postpone, reschedule or cancel a game. Notifications will be sent to affected teams through IMLeagues. Games may or may not be rescheduled; no refunds are given.

Playing the Game

Equipment and Jerseys

Captains may check out jerseys at the playing field. Or teams can make their own jerseys as long as they are all the same color and numbers are large enough for referees to read. Numbers cannot be taped onto jerseys.

Recreational Sports provides most equipment, but see your sport’s rules for more information.

Checking In

On game day, sign in with the referee (or for non-officiated sports, with the intramural supervisor). You’ll need to show your Mcard or a government-issued photo ID.

Sportsmanship Rating System

Teams are given ten Sportsmanship Rating System (SRS) points at the start of each game. Points are deducted for in-game penalties, ejections, unsportsmanlike conduct and other similar issues. During the regular season, if a team’s SRS point total drops to zero, they forfeit the game.

In order to compete in the playoffs, each team must retain a minimum of 21 SRS points from the regular season. During playoff games, teams must retain a minimum of 7 SRS points in each game in order to move on to the next round.


Forfeiting a game costs your team 7 SRS points.

Your team must have the minimum number of rostered players checked in with the referee and ready to take the field at game time. If one team is ready and the other is not, they may take the win by forfeit or they may choose to wait 10 minutes for their opponents to arrive. If they choose to wait, the game clock will start and the team must remain ready to play for the entire waiting period before they can accept the forfeit win.

If neither team is checked in and ready to play, the referees will start the game clock and wait 10 minutes to see if either team is able to field a team.


Defaulting will cost your team 3 SRS points.

If your team will not have enough players for any given game, send an email to us at least 24 hours in advance. Include your team name, and division. We will try to find another team to take your team’s place and will notify the opposing team and the officials.

Inability to Continue

If your team begins the game with the minimum number of players but later drop below the minimum (due to injury or ejection, for example), your team will be charged with a loss, but not a forfeit.

Game Day Eligibility

To guarantee eligibility, you must be on IMLeagues online roster by noon on game day or by noon on Friday for weekend games. If you are not on the roster, see the on-site intramural supervisor.

Participant Eligibility & Conduct

Restricted Participants

Your team roster may have no more than two restricted participants from your selected sport or a related sport. Restricted participants include:


Club Sports members and coaches – Anyone on the official Club Sports roster for Fall, Winter or Spring/Summer semesters are restricted for the entire academic year.

Former Intercollegiate athletes – Any individual who has practiced, participated in tryouts or competed with an intercollegiate squad for more than 10 days in the previous semester is restricted for one year.

List of sports and their related intramural sports:

Varsity/Club Sport Intramural related sport
Baseball and Softball softball
Basketball basketball, 3 on 3 basketball
Ice, Field, and Roller Hockey broomball, floor hockey
Football flag football, 4 on 4 flag football
Golf golf
Rugby flag football, 4 on 4 flag football
Soccer soccer, indoor soccer, kickball, 3 on 3 soccer
Swimming and Diving swim & dive meet
Tennis tennis
Triathlon swim & dive meet
Ultimate ultimate
Volleyball volleyball, sand volleyball, wallyball
Water Polo inner tube water polo, swim & dive meet

Ineligible Participants

Current intercollegiate athletes (eligible or ineligible) may not participate in their own sport in intramural competition.

We reserve the right to bar from or limit the competition of varsity, Olympic or professional- caliber participants, even if they are not participating in varsity sports or playing as a professional.

Fraudulent Mcard use

If a player uses an Mcard that is not their own, their team will forfeit the game and will be ineligible for the playoffs. The individual will be subject to disciplinary action and will be prohibited from all intramural play for the season. The Mcard will be confiscated and its owner will be required to meet with Intramural Sports.

Drug or Alcohol Use

Possession or use of illicit drugs or alcohol is strictly prohibited at all Recreational Sports facilities. Participants, coaches or spectators who are under the influence will be immediately evicted. Additional disciplinary action may be taken.


Participants are expected to conduct themselves with sportsmanship and a sense of fair play and to abide by the rules and policies of the program. In cases where participant or team conduct violates these principles, disciplinary action may be taken.






To protest a misinterpretation of the Intramural Sports policies or rules, the protest must be made before the next live ball. The team captain makes the protest to the referee by saying, “I want to protest.” The referee will document the information on the score sheet and the game will continue under protest.


To protest the eligibility of a participant, the protest must be made based on a game/contest in which the protesting team participated. The protest must be made by the end of the business day following the game.

How to Protest

The team captain should complete the protest form and submit it with a $20 protest fee to the Intramural Sports Office by the end of the next business day. (See the on-site IM supervisor for a copy of the form). The fee will be refunded if the protest is upheld.

The Intramural Sports Program will make a case-by-case decision on each protest. Results may include a forfeiture, a replay of the entire game or replaying the game from the point of protest.

Health & Injuries

Participation in Intramural Sports is voluntary. Participants assume any risk associated with their selected sport. We recommend that you have a physical exam before participating.

Neither the University of Michigan nor the Department of Recreational Sports accepts responsibility for ill health or injury sustained while participating in any intramural events or activities. Neither the University of Michigan nor the Department of Recreational Sports shall pay any medical or ambulance expenses incurred by a participant.

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