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Activity Center & Rec Center West

The Activity Center (AC) and Rec Center West (RCW) are places of enjoyment for the University community. Appropriate behavior is required.

  • All UT Dallas students, faculty, staff and alumni must present a valid university ID.
  • Guests and community users must present a valid photo ID. Guests/community users cannot play basketball and must remain with their sponsor at all times.
  • Accepted forms of ID include: comet cards, driver's licenses, passports, other university ids, the get mobile application.
  • Members can sponsor one guest per day.
  • Users whose behavior creates unsafe, hostile or otherwise disruptive conditions will be asked to leave.
  • Instructions from facility staff must be followed.
  • Facility and (AC) Natatorium hours are subject to change.
  • UT Dallas cannot accept responsibility for lost or stolen property or injuries sustained while participating.
  • Proper athletic attire is required when using our facilities.
  • Proper athletic shoes, or soft sole shoes, are required in our Multipurpose Rooms.
  • Personal items (bags, cell phones, etc.) should be stored in a locker. We are not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items.
  • Patrons must adhere to the policies of RCW and the AC.
  • On Friday and Sunday, volleyball and badminton have priority in the AC Main Gym.
  • Indoor Soccer has priority in the AC Auxiliary gym on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 5-7pm, and Saturday All Day.
  • Volleyball has priority in the AC Auxiliary gym on Sunday all day if the Main Gym is unavailable.
  • The RCW Main Gym has net priority at all times.
  • View the rules for:

Natatorium (AC)

  • Swim only when lifeguard is on duty.
  • Diving is allowed in 9'0" section only.
  • Shower before entering pool.
  • Proper swimming attire is required.
  • Follow all instructions from Lifeguards.
  • During peak hours, used may be required to share lanes.
  • If you hear one long whistle blast, EXIT THE POOL IMMEDIATELY.

Fitness Centers (AC & RCW)

  • No one under the age of 17 is permitted in the Fitness Centers.
  • Exercise caution when using all Fitness Centers equipment to avoid injury to yourself or others.
  • Ask the attendant for assistance if you are not familiar with the proper use of any equipment.
  • Athletic attire is required.
    • Shirt must cover torso.
    • Athletic shorts or pants — no jeans.
    • Athletic shoes — No sandals.
  • Spotters are strongly recommended in the free weight area.
  • Collars/clamps are strongly recommended when using free weights.
  • All bags, clothing, etc. must be stored along wall or in lockers.
  • No food or drink allowed in the Fitness Centers — plastic water bottles are allowed.
  • All patrons are encouraged to help keep the Fitness Centers clean by wiping the equipment down after each use. Cleaning materials are provided throughout the Fitness Centers.
  • Re-rack weights and accessories after use.
  • Set weights down gently - do not drop.
  • Keep weights clear of windows and mirrors.
  • Weight belts may not be used on select equipment.
  • Time limits may be enforced during busy periods.
  • Use the equipment only for its intended purpose.
  • Follow all instructions from the attendant. The attendants have the authority to ask individuals not abiding by the established policies or those creating an unsafe condition to leave.

Climbing Wall (AC)

Climbing Wall Desk Procedures

Check-in - All participants must check in at the climbing desk with a valid ID and fill out a waiver. Our staff will then:

  • Determine the patron's climbing status;
  • Inform/remind patron(s) of climbing wall rules, or inform them of new rules/concerns;
  • Issue the appropriate equipment.

General Climbing Rules

  • You must be 17 years of age to climb on the climbing wall.
  • The climbing wall supervisor has the authority to ask anyone to leave if behavior is deemed unsafe or in violation of the rules.
  • No personal items, cell phones or electronic devices (i.e. head phones/iPod), cutting devices (knives/keys), food or drink, gum or tobacco allowed in the climbing area at any time.
  • Shoes are required at all times when climbing. No bare-foot climbing allowed. Hiking boots and sandals are not allowed while climbing.
  • Only UT Dallas climbing wall staff may provide instruction at the wall.
  • No personal equipment other than harness, shoes, and chalk bag are allowed while climbing. Note that loose chalk is not allowed.
  • Do not step on any ropes at any time.
  • Holds may spin. Check the tightness of a hold prior to weighing it. If you notice a spinning hold, alert a staff member who will fix it immediately.
  • Lastly, Climb Safe.


  • No body part of the climber shall exceed 12 feet.
  • Crash pads are recommended if bouldering on the climbing wall.
  • Climbers who are bouldering must give the right-of-way to roped climbers.

Roped Climbs

  • You must pass the introduction to climbing skills check to top-rope belay.
  • Climbers must have a belayer. Solo climbing is not permitted and all climbers must be protected by a top-rope belay unless bouldering or leading.
  • Keep off the top of the wall.
  • If a climber desires to use his or her own harness, it must be approved by the climbing wall staff.
  • Harnesses must be double-backed at the waist and at the leg loop buckles (if harness has this feature) when worn.
  • All top-rope climbers must clip, with carabiners opposite and opposed, into the harness belay loop.
  • All belaying of top-rope climbers must be done using a UT Dallas Gri-Gri belay device, attached to the belayer's belay loop on their harness by means of a UT Dallas locking carabiner.
  • Always double check the climber's knot, harness, and belay system before each climb. If in doubt, ask a climbing wall staff member for an inspection prior to climbing.
  • Belayers must not allow excess slack in the belay rope.
  • Do not touch or hang from lead climbing anchors (bolt hangers, quick draws, carabiners, etc.).
  • No top-rope climbing allowed on routes to either side of a lead route when it is being climbed.

Equipment Checkout

  • Equipment can be checked out from the Control Desk with a valid membership card.
  • Patrons will be charged for lost, stolen or damaged equipment.

Child Usage

  • Children under the age of 17 must be supervised by an adult at all times. Violators will be asked to leave.
  • No children under the age of 17 are allowed in the Fitness Center.

Guests and Community Users

  • Guests and community users must present a valid photo ID. All sales are final. No refunds.
  • Guests and community users cannot play basketball and must remain with their sponsor at all times.
  • Family Swim:
    • A current Rec Sports member can sponsor up to five guests at the rate of $2 each.
    • Family swim is for use of indoor pool only.
    • Guests must be 6 months and older.
    • If you are not an Rec Sports member, then family swim does not apply and the fee to enter the building is $5 (standard community user fee).

Locker Usage

  • Patron is responsible for any damage or defacing to the locker assigned to him/her.
  • Patron understands that he/she must either renew or clear assigned locker on or before the clearance date.
  • Patron understands that the combinations will be changed on all lockers that are not renewed by the clearance date.
  • Recreational Sports is not responsible for any items left in lockers after the clearance date.

Facility Reservations

  • Facility space for each event must be requested by submittal of a University Recreation Facility Reservation Request.
  • Requests for facility use should be submitted at least 10 business days prior to the event.
  • The user group must return a signed copy of the Letter of Confirmation. In some cases, email confirmation is suffice. NO SPACE IS RESERVED WITHOUT CONFIRMTION FROM UNIVERSITY RECREATION AND THE USER GROUP.
  • If a facility rental fee is required, a non-refundable deposit of 25 percent may be required. If applicable, the deposit must be returned with the signed copy of the Letter of Confirmation.
  • A final invoice will be mailed within 10 days upon completion of the event. Any payment required is due 30 days after the event.
  • For on campus groups and departments a cost center is required when submitting the request form.  An auto JE will be submitted quarterly (Ex. An Auto JE will be submitted in December for events held in September, October and November).
  • All user groups are required to maintain public liability and property damage. Minimum amounts apply and proof of insurance is due before the event.
  • All members of the user group(s) are required to follow all rules and regulations of UT Dallas during their usage of UT Dallas facilities.
  • User groups are responsible for the actions of all members of the group and will be responsible to make restitution for any damages to UT Dallas property.
  • UT Dallas cannot accept responsibility for lost or stolen property or injuries sustained while participating.
  • All events must comply with the Facility Use Agreement Requires Adobe Reader. A complete copy of the agreement is available online or upon request.

Raquetball Court Reservations

  • Maximum of one day in advance.
  • Minimum of one hour in advance if a court is not in use.
  • One hour only - begins on the hour.
  • Reserve at the Control Desk or by calling 972-883-2090.
  • Reservations are held for 10 minutes only.

Outdoor Facilities

  • All UT Dallas students, faculty, staff and alumni must present a valid university ID when using any of the outdoor facilities.
  • If you do not have a valid university ID, you will be asked to leave.
  • If there is no reservation, the tennis courts, basketball courts, disc golf course, multipurpose field and softball fields are available on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Use of the soccer fields is available only by reservations made with the Athletic dept.
  • Lights are not left on past facility hours.
  • View the Disc Golf Map Requires Adobe Reader.

Basketball Courts

  • Basketball courts are open only to UT Dallas students, faculty and staff.
  • Proper workout attire and court shoes are required.
  • No smoking, food, drinks or pets permitted on court.
  • Any misuse of basketball facility will result in loss of privileges.
  • Rollerblades, skateboards, scooters, motorized vehicles are not permitted on the basketball court.
  • The court lights will be turned off when the Activity Center closes.
  • Any activity other than basketball must be approved by the Recreational Sports Department by calling 972-883-2090.

Tennis Courts

  • Tennis courts are open only to UT Dallas students, faculty and staff.
  • Proper workout attire and court shoes are required.
  • No smoking, food, drinks or pets permitted on court.
  • Any misuse of tennis facility will result in loss of privileges.
  • Rollerblades, skateboards, scooters, motorized vehicles are not permitted on the tennis court.
  • The court lights will be turned off at 11 p.m. on Sunday-Thursday and 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
  • Reservations or any activity other than tennis must be approved by the Athletics Department by calling 972-883-4497.

Slacklining Area

Slacklining is to be defined hereafter as the practice in which a participant walks across a tensioned length of nylon webbing, intended for climbing, slacklining, or similar load-bearing purposes.  The webbing runs parallel to the ground and is affixed firmly at each end. It is brought to tension by a responsible individual with either a pulley system or a purpose-specific ratchet.  Any such activity practiced on UTD grounds or with UTD property is regulated by the following policy.

Assumption of Risk

Any person walking a slackline, or any person setting up or taking down a slackline, assumes inherent risks.  Such risks may include, but are not limited to, injury, paralysis, and death.  Participants take full responsibility for both following these guidelines and using their slacklining equipment safely.

General Procedures

  • Any slackline is to be affixed by a knowledgeable operator.  Furthermore, it is to be set up strictly on a temporary basis.  When not in use, any slackline must be taken down nor may be left unattended; abandoning such equipment will be removed without notice and stored by UTD Recreational Sports.
  • Slacklines may only be affixed from dawn until dusk; darkness is not a suitable condition for safe practice.
  • Slacklines are available for checkout for free at the Control Desk in the Activity Center.  A valid photo ID is needed to checkout a slackline.
  • The slackline equipment kit comes complete with the line, ratchet, ratchet cover, and instructions for assembly, anchoring, and dismantling.
  • Inspection of the equipment kit will be conducted before checkout and after return.  Users may be held responsible for any damages to equipment.
  • It is the sole responsibility of the participant to ensure all personal equipment is maintained properly and kept in working condition.  Using equipment that is not maintained or regularly inspected may increase one’s risk while practicing the sport.
  • It is strongly recommended that any participant have a spotter.
  • The only anchors to which slacklines may be attached on campus are the wooden poles located south of the Activity Center and Lot J, and just north of the UTD varsity softball field.

Unsanctioned Activity

  • Recreational Sports and UTD Police reserve the right to enforce this policy, for both the safety of others and the functionality of the university.  Disregarding or disobeying this policy may result in violations of the student code of conduct, or criminal charges.
  • No more than one person may walk on a slackline at any given time.
  • No running on the slackline at any time.
  • An un-weighted slackline may not rest higher than 3 feet off the ground.
  • Slacklines may not exceed 35 feet in length.
  • Buildings, light posts, fence posts, bike racks, benches, trees, or other such unapproved anchors may not be used. The only suitable anchors are the aforementioned poles.
  • A participant may not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  To do so assumes great risk.
  • Slacklines may only be strung above grass and dirt.  A slackline is never to be set up that crosses over, or passes within 15 feet of a sidewalk, paved walkway, road, or similar surface that carries pedestrian, bicycle, or automobile traffic.
  • Stunts or tricks involving flips are strictly prohibited.
  • UTD reserves the right to direct that any slackline equipment be taken down immediately, for any reason.

Intramural Sports


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Policies & Procedures



All students currently enrolled at UT Dallas will be eligible to enter any sport promoted and administered by the Intramural Sports Program as provided by the following rules. A regularly enrolled student may be defined as follows:

  • Undergraduate: Anyone who has not received a Baccalaureate degree and is currently enrolled in at least one UT Dallas course.
  • Graduate: A student who has received a Baccalaureate degree from any college or university and is currently enrolled in at least one UT Dallas course.
  • All student participants are expected to remain enrolled; leaving school or dropping out of classes for any reason will result in the loss of the privilege of participation.
  • Alumni and spouses are not allowed to participate.


  • All faculty members of UT Dallas are eligible to participate.
  • All University staff members are eligible to participate. Staff is defined as any person who is working consistently (20 hours per week or more) at the University and is benefit eligible.
  • Employees of University contractors are not eligible to participate.

Club Sport

  • A club sport member is defined as any student that is currently listed on the roster of a club sport that is recognized by UT Dallas Club Sports Program as a "competitive" club.  Recreational clubs (do not compete against other university club teams) do not have limitations on Intramural participation. 
  • No Intramural team shall have more than two club sport members listed on the roster in the same or related Intramural sport. 
  • A club sport member will be listed on the club roster for an entire academic year unless he/she is dismissed from the team for the remainder of the season.   Club sport participants may not drop out and re-enroll with their club in order to participate in a similar/related Intramural sport.
  • Sport club participation is determined by the Assistant Director of Competitive Sports.


  • Any person who has been established as a professional in any sport will be ineligible in that or any related sport.
  • A professional is defined as someone who receives monetary or product compensation, no matter the level of play. Individuals interested in Intramural participation have the opportunity to make an appeal with the Assistant Director of Competitive Sports for eligibility on a case-by-case basis.


  • Students who have participated this year or are currently on an intercollegiate team from any two-year or four-year institution are NOT eligible for Intramural participation in that sport or its related Intramural sport during the same academic year.
  • A student who has been an intercollegiate participant in a previous year is eligible for Intramural participation in that sport or related Intramural sports following the end of the academic year of his/her final season as an intercollegiate participant.
  • Any player whose name appears on the athletic roster for more than 3 weeks or after the first intercollegiate game in that sport shall be considered as being on the roster for that academic year.
  • Members of a varsity team who are declared ineligible for academic reasons, redshirts, rule violations, etc. are ineligible to participate in that sport or its related sport.
  • Individuals who are practicing, working out, or trying out for a varsity team are ineligible to participate in that sport until they stop participating with the team.
  • Members of a "scout" team are eligible to participate in related Intramural activities, given that no NCAA infractions exist.
  • Intercollegiate participation is determined by a representative from the Athletic Department (i.e., varsity coach, compliance officer).
  • Any person who is dropped or has retired from an intercollegiate or sports club team other than for reasons of being red-shirted or scholastic ineligibility may become eligible for Intramural competition only by petitioning the Assistant Director of Competitive Sports.


  • It is the responsibility of each player and/or Team Captain to maintain a current and correct roster.
  • Rosters must be updated online prior to a player participating with an Intramural team.
  • Individuals must register with, join their team, agree to the Intramural Program waiver, and present a valid ID on-site in order to participate.
  • Leagues: players can be added to a team, but the addition must occur prior to the the stated deadline of each individual sport (specific deadlines can be found in the rules of each sport).
  • Tournaments: players can be added to a team, but the addition must occur prior to the respective team's first game of play.
  • Once a player has played for Team A, he/she may not play for Team B in the same division (Clarification: Player A may only play on a men's team and corec team, not 2 men's or 2 corec teams).
  • If it is found that Player A played on more than one team within the same division (i.e. 2 men's teams), the second team that individual participated on will automatically forfeit any and all games in which the player participated. The player shall also be suspended for at least one game.
  • Opposing teams are encouraged to file any and all eligibility protests as soon as an infraction is realized so that the team/player in question can be notified as soon as possible.


  • The Intramural staff does not place individuals on a specific team; however, we do provide a service called the "Free Agency List." The Free Agency List is designed to aid those interested in participating in a particular sport that are lacking a partner or team with which to play. Participants can log onto and register as a free agent in as many divisions and leagues as they wish. The profiles created are visable to all members of the site. Free agents can then request to join teams and are able to post information about them so teams can request to add them to their team.
  • The following options are available for individuals looking for a team after providing your information:

    View the list of eligible free agents for each sport on and contact them directly to form your own team.
    Attend a Captain's meeting to meet team captains and advertise yourself as a free agent to teams looking for players.
    Show up at the venue during the regular season and ask to join any team you are eligible for.


  • Each participant must present his or her current, valid Comet Card prior to each contest in all Intramural Sports and events. Intramural Sports staff may conduct random in-game identification checks. Therefore, each participant shall be able to present his/her Comet Card at the game site upon request. Participants may also be required to supply additional identifiable information (class schedule, driver’s license, etc.) in order to verify their identity for participation in an Intramural game or event.  If it is determined that the given information or Comet Card is invalid, the game may be forfeited for use of an ineligible player.

Forgotten ID Policy

  • In the event that a participant is unable to present his or her Comet Card at the game site for check-in, the participant may be permitted to sign-in by providing additional identifiable information (picture ID, class schedule, etc.). Each Intramural participant, regardless of sport, will be allowed one such instance (of forgetting his/her Comet Card) per academic year. The participant's signature on a form acknowledging this policy and verifying the information supplied may also be required. For the purposes of this policy, the academic year ends at the conclusion of the spring semester.

Fraudulent Use of an ID

  • Participants attempting to register or sign-in for a contest using a different person's Comet Card for identification will be barred from participating in the contest. The Comet Card will also be confiscated by the Intramural Sports staff and sent to the Dean of Student's office. Both the participant attempting to use such card and the actual student pictured on the card will face an indefinite suspension from all Intramural activities and must schedule a meeting with the Assistant Director of Competitive Sports.


  • Each Intramural sport has a registration time frame (usually two weeks) during which participants may sign-up. It is the responsibility of each team or individual to stay informed of these important dates.
  • Registration requires a profile be set up through All entries must be submitted online. Once entries have been submitted, team payments must be made in accordance with the preference of the Assistant Director of Competitive Sports. Teams/individuals that fail to submit payment within the allotted time may be dropped from competition.
  • There may be a Captain's meeting. These meetings are very important and cover rules, format, and other procedures that are vital to the success of the league. Anyone can represent your team.
  • Teams that fail to have a representative at the Captain's meeting:
    • Are responsible for reviewing the rules in the sport in which the meeting was missed
    • May be dropped from competition
    • May have their forfeit fee automatically deposited!


  • Instant scheduling will be used for All major sports (flag football, volleyball, basketball and soccer). Leagues are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis; teams are not guaranteed their top league preference. When all leagues are filled, a waiting list will be utilized.
  • Schedules will be posted online as well as on the Intramural bulletin board in the Activity Center. The schedule is final. See "forfeits/defaults" for situations in which your team cannot make their regularly scheduled games. Only in cases of unforeseen extreme emergencies will games be re-scheduled. It is the responsibility of the team to check for schedules, rules, policies, etc.


  • For Intramural activities that have a postseason, every individual/team will make playoffs regardless of their record.  All teams will qualify for playoffs except if the team/individual:
    • Was issued one or more forfeits.
    • Has a sportsmanship rating of lower than 3 out of 4.
    • Defaults more than two times.
  • If a team/individual forfeits once during the regular season, they may regain playoff eligibility with a one-time, playoff reinstatement payment of $30. This payment must be made before 5:00 p.m. on the following business day.
  • Individual playoff schedules will be available at 1:00 p.m. the next business day after all regular season matches have been played. During playoffs, teams must be available to play any day, at any time.
  • Playoff seeding and tiebreakers are determined as follows:
    1. Win-loss record
    2. Sportsmanship rating
    3. Head-to-head winner
    4. Total point differential


Each team, student organization, or other group that will be participating in Intramurals should elect or appoint a Team Captain or manager. Team Captains and organizations need to be aware of deadlines and policy changes so that team members have correct and updated information. Your Captain/manager is responsible for:

  1. Being aware of all Intramural policies, including eligibility rules, registration processes, collecting fees, etc., and distributing this information to the team.
  2. Registering the team online through prior to the corresponding deadline.
  3. Being fiscally responsible for paying the entry fee when it is due.
  4. Promoting good sportsmanship and behavior of team players, coaches, and fans before, during, and after competition.
  5. Securing a league schedule and notifying teammates of scheduled games or events.
  6. Verifying all players on the roster for eligibility and completing any roster changes.
  7. Being the team's spokesperson during contests.
  8. Team representation at mandatory Captain's meetings.
  9. Signing and verifying the score sheet after each contest.


Forfeits: game-time is forfeit time. Teams must be signed in and ready to play at game time. A forfeit is recorded as a loss and results in a sportsmanship rating of "0." The first forfeit will result in a loss of the team deposit and the second forfeit will result in a loss of the forfeit fee and will result in the team being dropped from that league. See "playoff eligibility" for more information on playoff reinstatement fees.

Defaults: Due to the busy schedules of most students, there will be times when a team or individual will not be able to make their scheduled game. In this instance, the team or individual may communicate to the Intramural Sports office via email or phone that they will not be present. This must be done by 5 p.m. on the day of the scheduled game to allow enough time to call the opposing team or individual and make any other personnel changes that may result. Defaulting more than two times will result in a forfeit. In the event of a default, the team or individual will:

  • Receive a loss
  • Not to be assigned any sportsmanship rating
  • Still be eligible for the playoffs
  • Be eligible to get their forfeit fee returned


Games that are rained out are not guaranteed to be re-scheduled, but may be re-scheduled at the discretion of the Assistant Director of Competitive Sports. In the event a game cannot be re-scheduled, each team will receive a win for the scheduled contest. In case of inclement weather, call 972-883-4087 before 5 p.m., 972-883-2090 after 5 p.m., or visit our website.


Absolutely no alcohol or tobacco is allowed in the Intramural playing areas. If either is present, the contest will not be played and will be considered a forfeit. This policy includes spectators. The supervisor and/or Officials have the authority and responsibility to make decisions regarding students who are not permitted to play.


Protests may be lodged based on rule discrepancies or rule interpretations involving Intramural staff. Protests based on an official's judgement call are not valid and will not be accepted.

Steps to be followed when filing a protest:

  • Request a stoppage in play immediately after the play in question, and try to resolve the situation using the Team Captains and the Officials. If the Captain does not immediately notify the Official of his/her intent to protest, he/she waives all rights to protest on that call.
  • If a discrepancy still exists after the Official ruling is made, the Team Captain must immediately ask for and notify a Supervisor verbally, that the remainder of the game will be played under protest. The Supervisor will attempt to resolve the complaint.
  • If the Supervisor cannot settle the dispute, the game Officials will note the time, score, and circumstances and play will continue.
  • At the end of the contest, the protesting team's Captain must complete and turn in a written protest form that night, in conjunction with an Intramural Supervisor. The completed form will be turned in to the office by the Ssupervisor along with game results. If a protest occurs during a playoff game when the winning team is scheduled to play again that night, a final decision will be reached before the succeeding game begins.
  • Protests involving player eligibility will be accepted in the Intramural office during the next business day after the event. Protests will be ruled on by the Intramural office staff as quickly and fairly as possible. Both Team Captains will be contacted regarding a final decision.


Participation is a privilege, not a right.

The Sportsmanship Rating System

The Sportsmanship Rating System is intended to be an objective scale by which teams' attitude and behavior can be assessed throughout the Intramural Sports league and playoff seasons. Behavior before, during, and after an Intramural Sports contest is included in the rating. The Team Captain is responsible for educating and informing all players and spectators affiliated with his/her team about the system.

Teams are responsible for the actions of their individual team members and spectators. The Team Captain's efforts in assisting Officials/staff to calm difficult situations and to restrain troubled teammates are imperative to controlling team conduct.

Sportsmanship is vital to the conduct of every Intramural contest. In order to encourage proper conduct during games, Officials, administrative personnel, and Supervisors shall make decisions on whether to warn, penalize, or eject players, spectators, or teams for poor sportsmanship. These decisions are final. The Intramural Sports administrative staff will rule on further penalties as a result of unsportsmanlike conduct.

Each participant should choose his or her team members carefully, as all team members will suffer the consequences of any disciplinary action taken by the Intramural Sports staff against the team for violation of the Intramural rules and sportsmanship guidelines.

Rating Method

Each team in each contest shall be rated by the Officials. The authority of the Officials' ratings exists prior to, during, and following all contests to which that Official is assigned, and extends to all persons on, at, or near the playing site. Sportsmanship ratings shall be marked on the scoresheet.

In all cases, Intramural Supervisors and the Intramural Sports administrative staff may provide input which may raise or lower the rating. Supervisors may amend any rating for inappropriate conduct by a team or its spectators before, during, or after a contest. Intramural Sports administrative staff members may amend a rating at any time for inappropriate conduct, use of an ineligible player, use of a suspended player, and/or inaccuracy in reporting. The Intramural Sports administrative staff reserves the right to review any rating given to a team.

At the end of each contest, it is the Team Captain's responsibility to sign and verify the score sheet and check their sportsmanship rating. If the Captain does not agree with their sportsmanship rating, they may protest the rating to the Assistant Director of Competitive Sports by filling out a protest form (available from on-site supervisors). This must be done within 10 minutes upon the completion of the contest; teams who do not protest within the allotted time forfeit all rights to protest their sportsmanship rating.

Rating Factors

The following actions and behaviors by team members, spectators, and/or team followers can have a positive effect on a team's sportsmanship rating:

  • Team members cooperate with and demonstrate good sportsmanship toward members of both teams, spectators, Officials, and all other Intramural staff.
  • Team Captain exhibits control over his/her team and spectators, converses reasonably and rationally with Officials about rule interpretations/calls, and cooperates by providing any information requested by an Intramural Offical/staff.
  • Team members participate in the spirit and intent of the Intramural sport game rules and/or program policies. Team members accept judgment decisions made by the Officials during the contest.
  • Respect is shown for UT Dallas Recreational Sports facilities and equipment.

The following actions and behaviors by team members, spectators, and/or team followers can have a negative effect on a team's sportsmanship rating:

  • Participants/spectators who continually complain about Officials' decisions and display dissention, which may include derogatory or abusive remarks. Complaints include both verbal and nonverbal behavior. Excessive arguing between opposing teams/spectators may also lead to a lower rating.
  • Team Captain (spokesperson) exhibits little control over his/her team and spectators, converses in a dissenting manner with Officials about rule interpretations/calls (discussion is allowed as long as it is done in a mature manner by the Team Captain), or does not cooperate with game Officials or Intramural staff. Does not provide information requested by any Intramural Sports Official/staff while performing duties.
  • Technical fouls or penalties for unsportsmanlike conduct or having a player ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct.
  • Taunting an opponent or opposing team spectator (trash talk).
  • Public indecency, vulgarity, or obscenity including foul or profane language and obscene gestures, incidental or intentional, non-directed or directed at an opponent, Official, teammate, Supervisor, spectator or Intramural Sports staff member.
  • Physical abuse by participants/spectators in the form of fighting with an opponent, teammate, Official or staff member which occured before, during, or after an Intramural contest.
  • Any threatening behavior (verbal and/or nonverbal) to any UT Dallas Intramural or Recreational Sports employee, participant, or spectator which occured before, during, or after an Intramural contest.
  • Individuals/teams played after the consumption of alcohol/drugs. If the contest has begun when this is discovered, the player(s) will be immediately removed from the facility, and the contest will be forfeited to the opponent.
  • Damage to or destruction of any UT Dallas or Recreational Sports facilities including failure to remove trash from the field from the field or court following a game or match.

Rating Scale

Team sportsmanship is graded following each contest according to the following scale and criteria:

    4 points (A): Excellent Sportsmanship

  • Players cooperate fully with the Officials about rule interpretations and calls. The Captain also has full control of his/her teammates. Team members and spectators were respectful of opponents and Officals and encouraged each other's efforts. At no time was this team disrespectful towards participants or Officials.
  • 3 points (B): Acceptable Sportsmanship

  • Team members and spectators are respectful of opponents and Officials except for one or two minor incidents which may or may not merit a warning from the game Officials or Supervisor.
  • 2 points (C): Sportsmanship Needs Improvement

  • Team members or spectators are disrespectful of opponents or Officials on a number of occasions, which may or may not warrant a penalty. Captain exhibits minor control over his/herself and his/her teammates and spectators. Teams receiving multiple warnings or having a player ejected for an unsportsmanlike act should receive no higher than a "C" rating.
  • 1 point (D): Unacceptable Sportsmanship

  • Teams constantly comment to the Officials and/or opposing teams from the field and/or sidelines. The Team Captain exhibits little or no control over teammates or himself/herself. Majority of individuals on this team are disrespectful of opponents or Officials on a regular basis.
  • Teams that receive a second unacceptable rating ("D") in the same sport or activity are subject to immediate dismissal from league or tournament play.
  • 0 points (F): Season Ending Rating

    The following actions can result in an "F" sportsmanship rating:

  • Team is completely uncooperative and out of control before, during, or after Intramural contest(s).
  • Team Captain (spokesperson) exhibits poor control over self, the team and/or the spectators.
  • Multiple ejections or blatant unsportsmanlike conduct that endangered participants, fans, Officials or Supervisors.
  • Team fails to cooperate/comply with Intramural administrative staff/university Officals while performing their duties or falsely represents or withholds any requested information.
  • Teams which receive an "F" rating are subject to immediate dismissal from league or tournament play.

Special Game Situations

A team winning a game by default or forfeit with no game play occuring will receive 4 points (A rating), unless special sircumstances dictate otherwise. A team that wins a game by forfeit after the game has started and game play has occured shall receive a rating based on their sportsmanship in the game play up to the time of the forfeit.

A team losing by default will receive no team sportsmanship rating for the game. However, a team losing by forfeit will receive 0 points (F rating).

Teams receiving an unacceptable (D, 1 point) or lower sportsmanship rating in a weekend tournament will be eliminated from further competition regardless of the contest's outcome.

Team Sportsmanship & Playoff Eligibility

A team must have a B (3.0) average or better sportsmanship rating during the playoffs. The average will include regular season and playoff games.

A winning team that receives a C or D sportsmanship rating in a playoff game is subject to dismissal from further tournament play and should be prepared to petition the Intramural Sports office on the next business day to remain in the tournament. If the team is allowed to advance, it must receive an A or B sportsmanship rating (3.0 points or higher) in all remaining playoff games.

Any team that receives an F sportsmanship rating during the playoffs will be immediately dismissed from further tournament play and subject to further disciplinary action as a team in a subsequent sports, as individuals when appropriate, or to the Team Captain.

A losing team that receives a D or F sportsmanship rating in their final playoff game is subject to further disciplinary action as a team in subsequent sports, as individuals when appropriate, (or to the Team Captain).

Ejected or Suspended Participants

A. Ejections

  • A player, spectator or other visitor may be ejected by game Officials or other Intramural personnel for any conduct deemed unsportsmanlike or for not staying within the spirit of the rules. An ejected person is immediately ineligible for ALL Intramural activities, both in the sport of the ejection and all other Intramural Sports. Ejections can be issued without any warnings.

B. Reinstatement Procedure

To regain eligibility, the ejected person must complete each of the following:

  1. Prepare a written statement detailing the events surrounding the incident. The statement should be delivered to the Intramural Sports office in the Activity Center, or, when possible, at the time of the ejection.
  2. Schedule an appointment to meet with the Assistant Director of Competitive Sports to discuss the incident.
  3. Attend the scheduled meeting with the Assistant Director.

C. Reinstatement Procedure Timeline

  • Steps 1 and 2 of this procedure must be completed within 48 hours of the date of the incident to avoid further automatic penalities as outlined below. If these two steps are not completed during the 48-hour grace period, any additional automatic penalties will only be lifted once all three steps of the reinstatement procedure are completed.

D. Failure to Complete Reinstatement Procedure

  • An ejected person who does not complete the required steps in the reinstatement procedure outlined above remains ineligible for all Intramural leagues, events, and activities for the remainder of his/her collegiate career. This "lifetime suspension" from all Intramural activities carries over from academic year to academic year until the ejected person completes the outlined procedure to regain his/her eligibility. The ejected person's name will be removed from the list once the reinstatement procedure is completed.

E. Unsportsmanlike Incidents

  • For incidents deemed unsportsmanlike, when the ejected person does not complete the required steps in the reinstatement procedure within the designated time period as outlined above, the ejected person remains ineligible for ALL Intramural leagues, events and activities, and is subject to additional penalties including revocation of access to other Recreational Sports programs, services, and facilities. Such incidents may also be referred to the Dean of Students Office, UT Dallas Police, or Judicial Affairs for further action. For egregious unsportsmanlike incidents and unsportsmanlike incidents that occur with seven days of the final day of class of the semester, these additional penalties and referrals may be implemented immediately following the ejection, overriding the 48-hour grace period for reinstatement as outlined above.

F. Physical Assaults of Players, Spectators, Game Officials and Other Intramural Staff

  • Anyone who physically assaults a spectator, player, Official or Supervisor may be automatically suspended for a minimum period of one year from the date of the incident. The person must petition the Intramural administrative staff for re-admittance into the program. Further, appropriate charges may be filed with Judicial Affairs.

G. Suspensions

  • While an ejected player's de facto suspension from Intramurals begins at the time of the ejection, any official suspension for the ejected person's actions with respect to the particular incident does not begin until issued during the ejected person's meeting with the Assistant Director.

H. Appeals

  • Any appeal of an Intramural suspension shall be first heard by the Associate Director of Programs. Such an appeal must be received in writing in the Recreational Sports office within 24 hours of the Assistant Director's decision. Intramural Sports or Recreational Sports suspensions shall not be lifted or postponed during the appeal process, but may be reduced following the decision regarding the appeal. No previous Intramural games or matches will be replayed as a result of an upheld appeal. Conversely, the Associate Director may decide to levy a penalty that is greater than that originally imposed by the Intramural administrative staff. The Intramural Sports and Recreational Sports staff may consult with the Dean of Students Office, UT Dallas Police, and other University personnel during any part of the decision-making process.

Participant Suspensions

Any person ejected from a game or game site must leave the game site immediately and will be suspended from participating in any Intramural competition. The length of the suspension will depend on the severity of the action that resulted in the ejection.

  1. Physical Contact with Intramural Sports Staff Member

    Player or spectator makes physical contact in a threatening manner (battery) toward an Offical or Supervisor. INDEFINITE SUSPENSION is effecitve immediately. Furthermore appropriate charges may be filed with Judicial Affairs and Dean of Students Office.

  2. Physical Contact with Another Player

    Player strikes another player. INDEFINITE SUSPENSION is effecitve immediately. Furthermore appropriate charges may be filed with Judicial Affairs and Dean of Students Office.

  3. Leaving the Bench Area to Participate in an Altercation

    Team members and/or spectators who leave benches/viewing area to participate in any isolated altercation. INDEFINITE SUSPENSION. Minimum of one game is effective immediately.

  4. Threatening Behavior Toward a Staff Member, Opponent, or Patron

    Threatening behavior (verbal or physical) toward an Official/Supervisor/participant. INDEFINITE SUSPENSION is effective immediately.

  5. Verbal Abuse of a Staff Member, Opponent, or Patron

    Player verbally abuses an Offical/Supervisor/participant. INDEFINITE SUSPENSION is effective immediately.

  6. Violation of Eligibility Standards

    Individual playing on more than one team in any Intramural activity and/or in violation of established eligibility rules. INDEFINITE SUSPENSION is effective immediately.

  7. Use of an Assumed Name or Other Fraudulent Act

    Fraudulent acts shall be defined as misrepresentation of a score, playing while ineligible or under suspension, using another person's ID, or allowing an individual to use your ID for competition. Should a participant, Team Captain, chairperson, or other associate be guilty or responsible for the use of an assumed name or fraudulent act, he/she will face an INDEFINITE SUSPENSION, effective immediately, from all Intramural activities and must apply for reinstatement to Intramural Sports.

Team & Organization Sportsmanship Violations

Independent teams and organizations may be placed on probation for major sportsmanship violations by their members, such as using ineligible players; threatening actions towards opponents, Officials, or Supervisors, or fans entering the playing area. Probationary status may last up to one calendar year. Upon the second major violation within any one calendar year, the organization may be immediately suspended from all Intramural activities for one year.


Most Intramural Sports require a fee for a team or individual in order to complete registration.  These fees (no higher than $25 per team) are not in place to generate revenue, but rather to reduce the number of forfeits.  Teams that attend the Captain's meeting and do not forfeit during the season (including playoffs) will have their fee waived. After the season is over, any team that forfeited will have their student account charged with the corresponding fee. All payments must be submitted to the Recreational Sports main office in the Activity Center within 5 business days. Failure to remit payment within the allotted time may result in the suspension from Intramural play or recreational privileges.

Each entry must be correlated to a forfeit fee.  Once registered for an event on, individuals/Team Captains must turn in their forfeit fee before the end of that sport’s Captain’s meeting.  Payment is verified by making a copy of a team representative's Comet Card, which can be destroyed at the end of the season, if needed. Teams that fail to attend the Captain's meeting or forfeit during the season may to be dropped from competition and/or have their forfeit fee automatically deposited.


Individuals are encouraged to have a physical examination and obtain adequate health and accident insurance prior to participation in Recreational Sports activities. Individuals who participate in Recreational Sports will be doing so at their own risk. Participation in any Recreational Sports activity is voluntary. UT Dallas is not responsible for any injury that may occur to individuals participating in any Recreational Sports activity.


Intramural sports reserves the right to prohibit or modify team names including but not limited to names deemed to be in poor taste, derogatory, profane or sexually explicit in nature. Please use proper judgment when selecting names and uniform artwork. If you are unsure if a team name will be accepted, contact Intramural Sports and speak with a representative.

Team uniforms must be the same color and must include numbers on either the front or back. If teams are unable to provide their own uniforms, Intramural Sports has pennies available for use.


Being an Intramural Official is hard work, but the rewards are fantastic.  The following are reasons to join our team:

  1. Flexible hours
  2. Free training
  3. Good pay; starting at $8 a game, depending on experience
  4. Great exercise
  5. Meet new people
  6. Travel opportunities based on experience


Intramural champion t-shirts (or other award given by Intramural Sports) are awarded to winning team members and individual/dual champions throughout the school year. Individual participants on a winning team will receive an Intramural champion t-shirt if they played in at least one game and did not commit multiple unsportsmanlike behavior, or misconduct violations.


What is the Comet Cup?

The Comet Cup is UT Dallas' version of the NCAA Director's Cup that is awarded to the top team or organization based on across-the-board participation, sportsmanship and achievement.

What is the format?

The Cup has three divisions: men's, women's, and corec. For each sport a team or organization participates in, it receives a certain number of points for entering, each win, playoff advancement, and sportsmanship rating. The point values vary based on the event format, placement, and sportsmanship. Be sure to visit us on the web for complete Comet Cup guidelines and standings!

Intramural Sports reserves the right to amend any policy without prior notice. Any policy not mentioned herein is left to the discretion of the Assistant Director of Competitive Sports.