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 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 the list of current intramurals to find your chosen sport and to see when registration opens. 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).

Free Agents

If you do not have a team to play with, 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 are viewable within IMLeagues. Please note we cannot personally place you on a team without a Captain’s consent.

Team Rosters

All participants for your team must be registered and join your team on IMLeagues. In order to be eligible for a game, players can be added daily up until 4:00pm of your 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 registered within a Coed League.

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.

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.


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.

Canceling & 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 48 hours of the cancellation or request to reschedule. Teams not giving advanced notice within the 48 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, 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 opponent can play without disadvantage to their 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, & Rescheduling Policy.


Intramural Sports are 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 for further information.