Frequently Asked Questions | Recreational Services
The University of Iowa

What are Intramural Sports?     

Intramural Sports are activities programmed by Recreational Services to provide recreational opportunities in a fun, yet somewhat-competitive atmosphere, for the University of Iowa Community. Current students (enrolled in classes for the current semester), faculty, staff, and affiliates of the University of Iowa that have purchased an Intramural Sports Membership for that semester are eligible for participation in the Intramural Sports Program. An Intramural Sports Membership can be purchased at any time. We offer leagues and events for the athlete who wants some competition and also leagues and events for those who just want to play for fun, to get some exercise, or just to spend some fun time with friends. Whether you have played sports all your life, or have never played any sport at all, we have something for you to enjoy.

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How do I form a team and how do teams register?

If you’re used to playing traditional team sports, or want to give one a try, register a team for an Intramural Sports league. We set up leagues for Men’s, Women’s and Co-Rec (males and females) teams of all different skill levels in a number of different sports.

Forming a Team
The easiest, and most common, way to get involved in team sports is to form a team of your own. It could be you and some friends, maybe the people of your residence hall or the neighbors in your apartment complex, as long as they are all students, faculty, staff, or affiliates of the University of Iowa and have purchased an Intramural Sports Membership. Student organizations such as fraternities and sororities, as well as other campus groups, often put together teams. Ask your organization at its next group meeting. To find out how many players you will need for a complete team, check out each sport’s rules prior to registration.

Registering a Team
Almost all of our registration is done using the website Information on how to create a team using can be found by checking out each sport’s home page. Registration is quick and easy. The key is to know registration deadlines, and get your teams put together and ready-to-go before the deadlines. Then when all your teammates have been added to the team roster, you can simply select a spot in the league or division, and you will be ready to go.

For bigger team sports such as Flag Football, Volleyball, Softball, Soccer, and Basketball, teams will be scheduled to play once a week during the regular season. During registration, teams will select what day, and sometimes the time, they would like to play based on the available options. Divisions open one week prior to that sport's registration deadline. Having your team prepared prior to divisions opening will allow a better chance at getting the division you would like, as registration occurs on a first-come, first-served basis.

Team Captain Requirements
Prior to registering a team, the team captain will need to pass that sport’s captain’s quiz on for the sports of Flag Football, Volleyball, Dodgeball, Soccer, Basketball and Softball. We produce Participant Guides that you can use and we post rules you can read to assist you in passing each sport’s captain’s quiz. If you are a team captain, you are in charge of making sure all participants on your team are eligible according to eligibility requirements stated in the Intramural Sports Rules and Regulations. You are also responsible for the sportsmanlike behavior of your teammates and fans. Finally, as team captain, you will serve as your team’s main contact for any instances in which the Intramural Sports Staff needs to contact your team.

Regular Season Schedules and Team Rosters
All schedules will be available on, unless otherwise noted. Additions to team rosters can also be completed on If you wish to remove a player from your team, you can do so on, as long as that players has not checked-in to participate on that team, and removing that player doesn't move your team roster below the minimum number of players requirement. For a roster addition/removal to be effective for the team’s next scheduled game, the proper add and/or drop process must be completed by the roster addition/drop deadline, which can be found in the Intramural Sports Rules and Regulations.

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What if I do not have a team on which to play?

If you do not have enough people to form your own team, you are considered a "Free Agent" for that sport. To try and get connected with other participants looking to form a team, you can join our Iowa Intramural Sports Free Agent group on Facebook. Join this group, and you can connect with other people looking for teammates, or captains looking for players to add to their teams! The Intramural Sports staff will work to try and get Free Agents on the Facebook page connected with each other to form a team.

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Do I have to pay a fee for every sport/event I wish to play?

No! With a few limited exceptions, purchasing an Intramural Sports Membership makes you eligible for all sports/events that semester. So, in the Fall if you want to play Flag Football, Volleyball, 3-on-3 Basketball and more, you can, all for the $25.00 Intramural Sports Membership. Or, if you are just filling-in for a team and you are only going to play once, you can purchase a Single Play Pass and play once.

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Do teams have practices?

Intramural teams are free to practice as much or as little as they want. The Intramural Sports program DOES NOT schedule practice times for intramural teams. You are free to use our facilities to practice, but teams must follow the rules and restrictions of our recreation facilities.

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Can I work for Intramural Sports?

Intramural Sports hires University of Iowa students to work as officials throughout the year. You can work as many, or as few, sports as you would like. We schedule you around your personal schedule, so there is plenty of flexibility. Check out the Becoming an Official page for more information on how to become an Intramural Sports Official.

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How do individual and dual sports work?

The University of Iowa Intramural Sports Program offers a variety of events for individuals or two-person teams. Singles and doubles tournaments are available in a variety of sports and the list can be found by viewing the Intramural Sports Schedule.

How to Register and Getting Your Schedule
Just like registering for a team sport, registration for individual/dual sports will take place online at Once the registration deadline has passed, participants can find their schedules on, once it has been posted by the Intramural Sports staff. The Intramural Sports staff will communicate with you when to look for schedules online, and to provide some reminders about competition in the particular event.

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When do sports take place?

Our sports/events take place on a variety of nights. Most sports take place on Sunday through Thursday nights. For sports with pool play and playoffs, during registration you will select the day/time you play your regular season games/matches. We also have some special events that take place on Saturdays and/or Sundays, as well as our Friday Night Series events that take place on various Fridays throughout each semester. For specific information on when games/matches take place, check out the sport's home page via the Intramural Home Page.

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Where do sports/events take place?

Intramural Sports and events take place at a lot of different facilities and venues, including, but not limited to, the Hawkeye Recreation Fields, Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex, Hawkeye Softball Complex, Field House, and more! For specific information on where a particular sport/event is taking place, check out that sport's home page via the Intramural Home Page.

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What leagues are offered for Intramural Sports?

Depending on the sport, any one of these leagues could be offered. 

  • Open = No gender restrictions
  • Men's, Men's A, Men's B = Team members can be male or female. If a female participates on a Men’s team, she cannot participate on a women’s team. Men’s A is for more skilled, competitive and experienced players. Men’s B is for more social, recreational and less experienced players. The idea is just to have a good time.
  • Fraternity = Each recognized Greek Organization can register one Intramural team using the organization’s name. All team members must be members or prospective members of that organization.
  • Co-Rec, Co-Rec A, Co-Rec B = Combination of males and females. Number requirements are available in each sport’s rules. Co-Rec A is for more skilled, competitive and experienced players. Co-Rec B is for more social, recreational and less experienced players. The idea is just to have a good time.
  • Women's = All team members must be females.

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What is the difference between Intramural Sports and Sport Clubs?

Intramural Sports are more casual activities that take place over the course of several weeks. Sport Clubs, on the other hand, are student organizations that are more involved in their sport/activity. Sport Clubs practice regularly and travel to compete against clubs from other schools. There are over 40 Sport Clubs at the University of Iowa, and you can find more information about them on the Sport Clubs Home Page.

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What if I want to know more?

If you still have questions, email us!