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Sportsmanship Philosophy, Mission, & Policies


Sportsmanship Philosophy

The backbone of quality competition is a healthy respect for one’s self, teammates, opponents, and officials. Without this respect, the enjoyment of competition erodes for everyone. With this in mind, our goal is to promote personal and team accountability for everyone involved in intramural sports.


Sportsmanship Mission

Pepperdine Campus Recreation and the Intramural Sports program are dedicated to promote positive sportsmanship among all participants. Through each contest, participants must portray fair play, respect for self, teammates, opponents, and intramural staff. Sportsmanship is about maintaining a level of graciousness in winning or losing. In order to encourage proper conduct during games, officials, managers, and administrative personnel will make decisions to warn, penalize and/or eject players, coaches, teams and/or spectators for poor sportsmanship. The decisions made by these individuals are final and the infractions will be reviewed by the Director of Campus Recreation. All captains are responsible for the conduct of their teams and fans during an intramural contest. The sportsmanship rating can be affected by actions occurring before, during, or after a contest.


The 3 P’s of Poor Sportsmanship

If a negative action by a player or spectator meets one or more of the following criteria, it will likely result in in-game action from officials or staff:

Good: (4 points)

Sportsmanship Sanctions

Campus Recreation retains the right to address all issues that pertain to sportsmanship, player, organization, and fan conduct. Players/Spectators that are ejected from an event will receive an automatic one game suspension and will be asked to meet with the Director of Campus Recreation. In the event a participant, team, and/or organization have violated a University policy and/or procedure, the incident may be referred to the Office of Community Standards. All situations will be handled individually and sanctions may vary based on specific imageThe sanctions for violations of the policy only impact the student's right to continue to participate in intramural/recreational activities, which is a privilege.


Team Name Guidelines


All team names must be appropriate and respectful. We encourage creativity and originality, but any profanity, slander and/or discriminatory aspects of a team name will not be tolerated and may result in removal from the league. If asked to change your team name, you will be give 1 warning and until your next match to make the necessary changes. If your team receives a warning, your new team name must be approved by the Campus Rec. staff.


Unsportsmanlike Conduct Guidelines

Throughout the year, numerous situations result in players, bench personnel, spectators, coaches and/or teams being ejected from Intramural Sports contests. This document is a reference for the range of suspensions that will be issued if individuals are ejected from a contest or site. Since all cases cannot be described in detail, examples noted in various categories are provided. These suspension lengths are guidelines only and may be extended at the discretion of the Director and/or professional staff.

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Ejections and suspensions are handled on a case-by-case basis. It is the responsibility of the ejected participant to set up a meeting time with the Director. Until this meeting takes place, the offending participant is considered an ineligible player and is not allowed to participate in any intramural events. This includes games that he/she may have in other sports or divisions, including games on the same night as the ejection. Suspended individuals are ineligible to

play in ANY intramural activity until their suspension has ended.


Unsportsmanlike Conduct

Description: This includes ejections based on administrative infractions and/or all non-physical offenses, which are inherently illegal in the sport and diminish the quality of sportsmanship in the intramural contest. Examples include, but are not limited to: Tying a flag belt (flag football); Fake tag (softball); inappropriate words, actions or gestures towards officials, participants, spectators or staff; being under the influence of alcohol, tobacco or other substances before, during or after contests regardless of the location of said use of substances; comments made towards participants which could be construed as threatening in nature.


Category

1st Offense

2nd Offense

Unsportsmanlike Conduct

1-3 Games

Semester


Unsportsmanlike Contact

Description: Ejections for unsportsmanlike conduct of a physical nature directed towards other participants or intramural employees. This includes, but is not limited to: Slide Tackling in Soccer, tackling in football, flagrant foul (basketball), intentional damage to Campus Recreation property, any minimal contact with an intramural employee, and leaving the bench area to participate in an altercation (Team members and/or spectators).

Category

1st Offense

2nd Offense

Unsportsmanlike Contact

2-4 Games

Semester


Improper Use of Identification

Description: Participants may not use another person’s ID or give their ID to another participant for usage in intramural contests. Participants may not alter their ID for any purpose.

Category

1st Offense

2nd Offense

Improper use of Pepperdine CWID

Semester

1 year


Fighting or Threats

Description: Aggressive physical contact with a participant before, during or after any Campus Recreation event; aggressive contact with any intramural sports staff; specific threatening comments or actions towards a Recreation & Wellness staff member or a participant.

Category

1st Offense

2nd Offense

Fighting

Semester – 1 year

Permanent Suspension


Ejection

An ejected player must meet with the Director of Campus Recreation before they can resume participation in intramural activities. The ejected player must leave the playing area until the conclusion of all Intramural activities on that given night.

Offenses

All offenses will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. If suspensions cannot be met due to the end of the season, the suspension will carry over into the next sport in which the player and/or team participates. If the player does not fulfill the terms of the suspension, they will be disqualified from all Intramural Sports activities for the remainder of the time that they are a student at Pepperdine University. Extreme unsportsmanlike conduct or repeated ejections from play may result in disqualification from participation in ALL Recreation and Wellness activities for a period to be established by the Campus Recreation Department.


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