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Frequently Asked Questions
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          Release: 12/01/2011
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What are Intramurals?

Columbia Intramurals is a division of the Department of Athletics that provides a variety of vigorous, fun-filled, health promoting, physical and recreational activities conducive to wellness and personal development. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and associates can participate in these activities. Unlike intercollegiate athletics or club sports, Intramural teams compete only against teams from the Columbia community. Competitions are held either at the Baker Field Athletic complex at 218th street and Broadway or at the Dodge Fitness Center on the main campus.

 Who is eligible to play Intramurals?

All members of the Columbia community with a Dodge Fitness Center membership are eligible to play intramurals. Students in most undergraduate and graduate schools are automatically members of the Dodge Fitness Center; this includes students in the following schools: CC, GS, Law, Business, SEAS, SIPA, Journalism, Architecture, TC, and Barnard. Students in M&F, ALP, Health Sciences, and Public Health must purchase a student membership to the Dodge Fitness Center before they are eligible to participate. GSAS and PH.D. students who are eligible to purchase a student membership will have this indicated on their tuition bill. For more information on membership go here.

How do I sign-up a team or join an existing team?

First, you must create an account onwww.imleagues.com.

For instructions to creating an imleagues account and signing up a team or joining an existing team go here.

Can I sign up for an Intramural team alone?

Yes, and you would be considerd a free agent. To sign-up as a free agent for a team sport, you must first create an account on www.imleagues.com

For instructions to creating an imleagues account and signing up as a free agent go here.

How many girls must be on a co-rec team?

If a team has an even number of players, half the players on the playing surface must be female. If a team has an odd number of players, there may be one more male than females. For example:

Basketball -- There are 5 players on the court at a time. In the co-rec division, at least 2 of these players must be female. Teams may start a game short-handed, with 4 players on the court. If teams start short-handed, at least 2 of the players on the court must be female.

Dodgeball -- There are 6 players on the court at a time. In the co-rec division, at least 3 of these players must be female. Teams may start a game short-handed, with 5 players on the court. If teams start short-handed, at least 2 of the players on the court must be female.

Kickball -- There are 8 players on the field at a time. In the co-rec division, at least 4 of these players must be female. Kickball kicking order must alternate gender as far as possible.

Flag Football -- There are 7 players on the field at a time. In the co-rec division, at least 3 of these players must be female. Teams may start a game short-handed, with 5 or 6 players on the field. If teams start with 5 players, at least 2 of these players must be female. If teams start with 6 players, at least 3 of the players must be female.

Soccer -- There are 8 players on the field at a time. In the co-rec division, at least 4 of these players must be female. Teams may start a game short-handed, with 6 or 7 players on the field. If teams start short-handed, at least 3 of the players on the field must be female.  

Softball -- There are 10 players on the field at a time. In the co-rec division, at least 5 of these players must be female. Teams may start a game short-handed, with 8 or 9 players on the field. If teams start short-handed, at least 4 of the players on the field must be female. Softball batting order must alternate gender as far as possible.

Volleyball -- There are 6 players on the court at a time. In the co-rec division, at least 3 of these players must be female. Teams may start a game short-handed, with 4 or 5 players on the court. If teams start short-handed, at least 2 of the players on the court must be female.

 How many teams can register for each league?

Limits on the number of teams are set for certain sports because of limits on the time and space available for competitions. These limits vary from sport to sport and year to year. Teams are registered on a first-come first-served basis. Therefore, to guarantee your team a spot in the league you must fulfill the roster minimums on imleagues and pay the refundable forfeit deposit to the IM office. 

What do I have to do to get the forfeit deposit back?

In order to receive a full refund of your forfeit deposit, you must attend the scheduled captain's meeting and attend all of your scheduled games with enough players to compete. You can receive your deposit refund once the sport league has ended. You will need to show your ID in order to receive your refund. The IM Department will contact team captains when refunds are available for pick up. Deposits can not roll over to another sport or team. 

 What can I name my team?

The program encourages participants to use creative team names. However, all team names must reflect good sportsmanship and must be appropriate for a University community. 

 Will my team get facility space for practices?

Due to limited facility time and space, Intramural teams will not be able to use Columbia facilities for practices.

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