Recreation and Sports


Intramurals add a competitive edge to North Park’s campus activities. The opportunity to play against fellow students, as well as faculty and staff, is exciting. However, North Park University expects all players to conduct themselves with respect for all players, spectators, officials, and supervisors while participating. Players or teams that do not adhere to appropriate conduct standards may lose the privilege of participation in both IMs and the opportunity to use the Helwig Recreation Center.

To ensure that a fun and safe competitive atmosphere is maintained, a sportsmanship scoring system will be utilized during all intramural sport leagues and tournaments.

Conduct Rating by Officials

Officials will score each team based on the actions of their participants at the conclusion of each game. Areas of conduct that will be taken into account will include, but are not limited to language, number of fouls committed, respect towards officials, and overall conduct during game play. Failure to attain at least a “B” average may hinder a team’s opportunity to play in the post-season and other tournament or league play. The scoring system that each official will use is described below.

4 Points – Excellent Conduct and Sportsmanship

Players cooperate fully with the officials and other team members. The captain calmly converses with officials about rule interpretations and calls. The captain also has full control of his/her teammates, bench, and spectators. Teams that win by forfeit will receive a “4.” Teams that receive any verbal warnings for use of profanity cannot receive higher than a “3” rating.

3 Points – Good Conduct and Sportsmanship

Team members verbally complain about some decisions made by the officials and/or show minor dissension. If any player on a team receives a technical foul the team cannot receive higher than a “3” rating.

2 Points – Average Conduct and Sportsmanship

Team shows verbal dissent towards officials and/or the opposing team. Captain exhibits minor control over his/her teammates, bench, and spectators, but their own attitude is in control. Teams receiving multiple technical fouls cannot receive higher than a “2” rating.

1 Point – Below Average Conduct and Sportsmanship

Team consistently comments to the officials and/or the opposing team from the court or bench. The team captain exhibits little or no control over teammates, bench, spectators, and/or himself/herself. A team that has a player ejected due to disciplinary reasons cannot receive higher than a 1 rating.

0 Points – Poor Conduct and Sportsmanship

Team is completely uncooperative. Captain does not have any control over teammates, bench, spectators, and/or himself/herself. Any team causing a game to be forfeited, other than by not showing, or receives multiple ejections will receive a “0” rating.


Team captains are responsible for their players and spectators prior to, during, and following the game. The IM program will not tolerate unsportsmanlike behavior directed toward sports officials, supervisors, staff members, players, spectators, and/or the program. Unsportsmanlike conduct includes, but is not limited to, verbal or physical abuse, verbal or physical threat, attempting to fight, fighting, physically attacking another individual, and cheating.

Individuals and/or teams engaging in an unsportsmanlike manner, as determined by the Intramural Supervisors, will be removed from the contest, and will be subject to further disciplinary action determined by the Director of Intramural Sports. Any person or persons (including players, captains, and spectators) who criticize, boisterously obstruct, ridicule, or attempt to demean an IM official, opposing team member, or an IM supervisor shall be liable for expulsion from the program. In addition, a game may be forfeited at the discretion of the official, IM supervisor, and Director. Individuals demonstrating this behavior must meet with the Director of Intramural Sports before start of the next contest. Failure to do so will exclude that individual/team from the next contest.

General Discipline Policy

Patrons are required to follow all Helwig Recreation Center and Intramural rules and policies. Individuals failing to abide by rules and policies are subject at minimum to the below discipline policy. All infractions will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis and, in some circumstances, punishment for failing to follow rules and policies may be more severe than what is listed below.

First offense:  A verbal warning will be given with written documentation of the infraction.

Second offense:  A second verbal warning will be given with written documentation of the infraction. The patron must have a conference with the Intramural Director to discuss his/her behavior. The patron will be asked to leave the building and will lose privileges to use Helwig Recreation Center for the remainder of the day.

Third offense:  Privileges to use Helwig Recreation Center and participate in intramural sports will be lost for the remainder of the semester and behavior will be reported to appropriate campus authorities.