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Basketball Participant Guide

Basketball Sport Rules
Make sure you know the rules for Intramural Basketball. Each team will play three regular season games, followed by a single elimination tournament for all teams, except those that have a Sportsmanship Average below 2.5.

Sportsmanship is a priority of the Intramural Sports Program at The University of Iowa. More information on Sportsmanship, including the detailed ratings system, can be found in the Intramural Sports Rules and Regulations.

To participate in Basketball, a UI Student, Faculty, Staff, or Affiliate must purchase an Intramural Sports Membership. The $25 semester membership allows you to participate in any sport/event this semester, as many times as you'd like, with the exception of the Intramural Golf Tournament. There is no cost to register a team, but team members must purchase one of these memberships to join the team. Team captains must make sure that all members of their teams are eligible for participation according to the Intramural Sports Rules and Regulations eligibility requirements.

ID Policy
All participants must check-in with a University or government-issued photo ID in accordance with our ID policy.

Teams forfeiting games will be charged a Forfeit Fine of $50.00. That fine will be charged to the U-Bill of the team captain. Learn more about our Forfeit policy.

To avoid forfeits, teams may default. Learn more about our Default policy.
Registration, schedules, and roster management all take place through Check out our IMLeagues Registration Instructions for specific instructions on how to register your team, and make sure to pass it along to your teammates so they can join your team roster quickly and easily. Once registration is complete, team schedules will be posted on, as well as results and standings as the season progresses.

Roster Management
Teams must have four players (Co-Rec teams must have two males and two females) registered to complete registration. Players can be added or dropped following registration, but teams must follow roster addition and removal policies in order to appropriately add or drop players from the team roster. Participants can be added to the team roster throughout the season, including playoffs.

Free Agents
Want to play but don't have a team? You can join as a Free Agent on if you have paid the Intramural Sports Membership Fee, or you can join our Free Agent Group on Facebook to connect with other people looking for more players to form a team. Listing yourself as a Free Agent does not guarantee you will be on a team, although the Intramural Sports Office will help try to facilitate formation of a Free Agent team.

Game Location​
Games will be played in the Field House South Gym. Alcohol and tobacco are not permitted in the facility, or in the parking lot.

Intramural Sports Points Championship sponsored by Coach's Corner
Teams can compete in the year-long Intramural Sports Points Championship sponsored by Coach's Corner for a chance to win awesome prizes. Just keep your same team name all year long to accumulate points!

Registration Requirements
To complete your registration, make sure you have the following done by the registration deadline:

  • Pass the Captain's Quiz
  • Name your Team (Team Name Must be Appropriate)
  • Get the Required Minimum Number of Players on Your Roster
  • Confirm your spot in the league by moving your team from "Pre-Registration" to a division (i.e. Sunday 6:30) between January 22 and January 30 at 11:59 PM. You must have the minimum number of players on your roster to move to a division.

Waitlist Meeting
If there are teams trying to register that could not select a division, a Waitlist Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 31 at 2:00 PM in Room 201 Field House. If all the divisions posted on are full, get the minimum number of players on your roster and come to the Waitlist Meeting to select a spot in a newly-opened division. Anyone can represent your team, it doesn’t even have to be a team member. The representative just needs to know your team’s availability and must be ready to select a division. We will place as many teams into divisions as possible.

Friday Night Series
Intramural Sports hosts a Friday Night Series of events throughout the year. You can participate in one or all and have a great Friday night with Intramural Sports!