Participating in Intramurals

Participating in Intramurals

Forming a Team

Intramural sports is largely team based and the simplest way to get involved is to organize a team of your own or join a team being organized amongst your friends, school departments, residence halls, co-workers, fraternities, sororities, and more. Each sport requires a minimum amount of players for a team to be confirmed for league play so be sure to check the current sport rules page for this information.

How to Register

Once you know you have a team ready for participation you will first need to create an account at IMLeagues Registration. Once you have done this or already have created your account check to see when registration opens for your chosen sport from the sports & registration dates page. You will then visit your IMLeagues account under Duke Campus Recreation, select your sport and league from the options available, and create your team. Players for your team will then be able to join your team; all players MUST join your team on IMLeagues to be eligible and placed on your team roster (this is also important for team approval in meeting the minimum requirement of players for a particular sport). Click Here for more information on registration instructions.

Free Agents

If you do not have a team to play with, do not know anyone, or do not have enough players to form a team there is a Free Agent option available when signing up through IMLeagues. When joining as a free agent you will be added to a list that is visible to current teams, but we also encourage you to be proactive in your attempts to join a team as a Captain’s information and email will be provided to you by clicking on their name when viewing this in IMLeagues. We cannot personally place you on a team without a Captain’s consent so take it upon yourself to find a team to play with. Click here for instructions on how to sign up as a Free Agent.

Mandatory Captain’s Meeting

Once you’ve registered a team, you or a teammate MUST attend the mandatory captains meeting for the sport you are registered in. The date, time, and place of the captains meeting is listed on the  sports & registration dates page. Whether you have played this sport through Intramurals in the past or feel you’re an expert in the sport, you or a teammate MUST make the meeting. If you’re not at the meeting your team could potentially be dropped from the league. The captain’s meeting is necessary to cover the sport’s rules and changes, eligibility requirements, and other intramural policies, procedures and guidelines.

Team Rosters

All participants for your team must be registered and join your team on IMLeagues. Review the Registration Instructions for further instructions on how to join a team. In order to be eligible for a game, players can be added daily up until 4:00pm of that specific game night. Players can only play for one team per sport during a season; players can play for two teams only in the event that one team is within a Co-Ed League offered within that sport.

Choosing a League

All captains and teams have the option of choosing from a variety of options when choosing a league. Often this is based on your team’s classification (graduate, undergraduate, fraternity, etc.), but also based on a team’s overall skill level (competitive, intermediate, recreational, beginner, etc.). For a description on the types of Groups of Play click here.

Changing Leagues

Teams can change leagues, but only prior to the beginning of the season and before the season schedule is completed. Therefore, it is important for captains and teams to gauge the skill level of their team and place that team in the appropriate league.

Cancelling a Team

To cancel or remove your team prior to the start of the season or during the season inform the Intramural Office.

Leaving a Team

Players may leave their current team after joining, but only by direct communication to the Intramural Office. Players will be removed upon request giving them the opportunity to join another team of their choice. Players will not be allowed to continuously switch from team to team to increase playing opportunities.

Regular Season Schedules

Most intramural games are often scheduled for Sunday – Thursday from 6:00pm to 11:00pm; although, alternate days and times can be implemented for games to be played if needed to accommodate more teams. Following registration a team’s regular season schedules will be available online at the IMLeagues webpage and can be accessed from their team page. A team’s full season schedule will be posted. Teams can aid in the selection of their game nights and times by setting their Time Preferences for the season due to conflicts with class schedules, events, and other constraints that may affect playing availability. For instructions on setting Time Preferences click here.


There will be playoffs for each league to determine a season champion. The number of teams that qualify for the playoffs will be based upon the availability of facility space and the time in which the playoffs must be concluded from start to finish. Teams are notified as soon as the above situation is assessed and determined. All decisions to the number of teams advancing to the playoffs are final. Playoffs can be scheduled any day and time of the week.

Cancelling & Rescheduling Games

The Intramural Office will attempt to assist teams in rescheduling games, but only if teams contact the Intramural office with advanced notice within 12 hours of the cancellation or request to reschedule. Teams not giving advanced notice within the 12 hour time frame or not showing up for a scheduled game will be credited with a forfeit.  Furthermore, even when giving advanced notice the opposing team will have the option of  choosing to accommodate the rescheduling request or take the win by default.   If agreed upon by their opponent every effort will be made to reschedule a game at the request of a team, but also must be a date and time that their scheduled opponent can play at without disadvantage to that team. The team requesting this action will be given a default for the game; if that game cannot be rescheduled prior to the conclusion of the season, then that team will be credited with a loss, and rewarding their opponent with the win.   Games forfeited will not be rescheduled.  For more information review the current Forfeits & Defaults Guidelines.


Intramurals is open to all students, faculty & staff, and spouses of Duke affiliated personnel as long as the participant is a paid member of the recreation facilities and holds a current Duke ID card.

Please review the Rules of Eligibility under Rules & Regulations for further information.

League Champions & T-Shirts

Champions for each league will receive t-shirts that recognize them as the winners for their specific leagues and sports. A limited number of championship t-shirts will be awarded to teams; click here for more information.