Frequently Asked Questions

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If I am interested in officiating games, how do I get started?

  • Training sessions are hosted prior to all officiated intramural sports such as basketball. If you cannot make these training sessions other options are also available. For more information about possible employment, check out our officials page!

I have never played sports before, or the sport I am interested in officiating. Can I still officiate?

  • Absolutely! There is no sports-related experience required in order to officiate. You will have a team of people ready to teach you what you need to know to be successful!

I have heard that officials get yelled at a lot, and that makes me hesitant to work for CUIM.

  • It is true that officials are on the frontlines with players during the game. However, they are not alone! We will never put you in a situation where you are the only person on the field/court and we will never have a situation where you are the only point of contact with participants. You will always have a team of people supporting you at all times during your time officiating. We host trainings to equip you with the tools needed to handle potential situations and conflict resolution.

Team and Player Requirements

How do I register my team?

  • Teams must be registered through the website Once you create an account or log in you will be able to search for sports and leagues to join. If you wish to create a team the option will be available once the specific sport and league is selected. From there the steps are simple to follow. Also, if you are experiencing issues there is an option for live support assistance.

As a team captain, what are my responsibilities?

  • Team captains serves as a liaison between the team and the Intramural Sports Office. League and team information is primarily sent to the team captain. The team captain may protest a rules interpretation during a game or eligibility issues.  Team captains are responsible for assisting the Intramural Sports staff with making sure the team and its spectators/affiliates adhere to all sports rules and Intramural Sports policies.  Lastly, the team captain is also the individual that is responsible for all fees that the team incurs over the season. We encourage team captains to communicate with their team regarding team fees incurred over the season.

I want to play but I don’t know anyone with a team. Are there any options for me?

  • Yes! Participants can list themselves as “Free Agents” from the website. This will allow all team captains to see your profile and invite you to join their team. Participants can also attend the sport’s captains meeting to seek teams attempting to add players. Please keep in mind that once a participant plays with a team they cannot play for any other team during that season or post season.

Are there any limits on roster additions?

  • There are no limitations in terms of adding players to a team’s roster. Teams can add players during both regular and postseason games. However, players can only play for one Open Competitive or Open Recreational team. Current varsity athletes are not allowed to participate in the same or parallel sports they play, and teams cannot have more than two (2) players from the club teams from that particular sport.

Can team add players to their roster onsite prior to the beginning of the game?

  • Teams can add players to their roster onsite as long as the players have their CUID and they are not on the roster for another team in the same sport.

How do I know when my team plays during the playoffs?

  • Once the regular season has ended, league playoff brackets will be formulated and qualifying teams will notification through IMLeagues. These brackets will include all playoff schedule information form the first round through the cahmpionship game. These brackets can be found on IMLeagues under the specific league page (ex. Open Competitive Flag Football) by clicking the blue banner stating "Click Here to View Playoff Brackets."

Will CUIM ask me to disclose my gender identity in order to participate in a sport?

  • CUIM encourages everyone to participate in accordance with their gender identity, including the single-gender league which they feel most comfortable with and will not be required to disclose identity information with the CUIM staff in order to participate in intramural sports. Further, CUIM does not tolerate exclusion, bullying, or harassment of an individual due to their gender identity.


What are Open League/Divisions? 

  • Open leagues/divisions are divisions that have no gender identity requisites. Anyone is able to play. In order to reduce barriers to play for all individuals, CUIM has opted to host Open leagues/divisions.

Why is there no Mix-Gender/Co-Rec league options?

  • Mix-Gender/Co-Rec rules of play often adhere to the gender bianry, and CUIM recognizes that our participants may identify outside of that binary.

What are the differences between "Open Competitive" and "Open Recreation"?

  • Open Competitive divisions are designed to promote healthy competition among participants. Teams in that division will participate in a playoff bracket at the end of the regular season. Open Recreation divisions are designed with an emphasis on learning a sport and development, practicing/learning the skills for that particular activity, and encouraging a more relaxed and social atmosphere.

Policies & Sports Rules

What is the intramurals jewelry policy?

  • Small ear studs and nose studs are acceptable for play. Otherwise, no exposed jewelry such as rings, large or hoop earrings and piercings, and bracelets are permitted. Taping down or covering jewelry is not acceptable. Certain religious and medical alert items may but worn but only after direct approval from the Director of Intramural Sports.

How do I pay intramural fees?

  • The defaulted option is a bursar charge to the account of the team captain.  However, alternative forms of payment can be setup if the captain calls the Recreational Services office at 255-5133. Alternative forms include: credit card, checks made out to Cornell University, or if you are a residence hall, Greek or other organization that has an organizational line account to render payment. We encourage team captains to communicate with their team regarding team fees incurred over the season.

How to avoid fees when my team can’t play?

  • If your team cannot participate for any reason, a default can be given. The team must contact the intramural sports office prior to 4:00pm the day of the game during the week.  For weekend games contact must be made by Friday at 5:00pm to avoid the forfeit fee.

How will teams be notified about weather cancelations or schedule changes?

  • Please check your email for messages from or the Director of Intramural Sports in regards to weather cancelations and reschedules. These messages will be sent out on weekdays and weekends one hour prior to when games are scheduled to begin. We will NEVER call with this information.

Can sportsmanship affect my team?

  • Yes. Unsporting behavior can affect your personal and team's ability to play throughout the season. Players and teams that accumulate too many unsporting conduct points may be suspended or dismissed from the league. For more explicit details, please review our Intramural Sports Handbook.

Can fans come and watch us?

  • Yes! Teams can invite friends or others to watch them compete in Intramural Sports. However, the team is responsible for their actions. This includes any unsporting penalties that may occur. Unsporting penalties can count towards the team-count and may result in the team being dismissed for the remainder of the season. CUIM staff reserve the right to remove fans, address any unacceptable behavior during the event, and may assess a penalty to fit the behavior of the fans. 

If my question was not answered where can I find the information?

  • Any additional questions can be answered on site by Intramural Sports Supervisors. Also questions can be directed to the Intramural Sports Office in person, over the phone at 607-255-8063, or through email at