Rec Sports competition is typically offered in three leagues:
- Open (no gender requirements)
- CoRec (must meet minimum gender requirements)
Within each league, competition may be divided into the following 5 divisions:
- PREMIER (Prem): Designed for highly skilled, competitive teams/individuals that may have an Unlimited number of "experienced" players on the team roster. Teams will have 5 scheduled regular season games. The top teams in this division will qualify for playoffs. Champions in this division will earn a a championship T-shirt (that will vary in color each quarter)
- COMPETITIVE (Comp): Designed for average to highly skilled competitive teams/individuals that may have up to Three (3) "experienced" players for team sports with up to 6 players, Four (4) "experienced" players for teams sports with 7-9 players, and Five (5) experienced players for sports with 10 players. Teams will have 5 scheduled regular season games . The teams in this division will qualify for playoffs. Depending on the number of teams that qualify for playoffs, teams may be split into Gold & Silver brackets. Champions in this division, and both brackets, will earn a championship T-shirt (that will vary in color each quarter)
- RECREATIONAL (Rec): Strictly a beginner/social league. Designed for beginning/average skilled teams/individuals that Cannot have any "experienced" players on the team roster. Teams will get 5 scheduled regular season games. There will be a very limited playoff system (up to 4 teams will qualify), and winners will only earn the Recreational championship shirt color.
- RESIDENCE HALL (Res Hall): Designed for teams comprised of individuals living in University approved housing (Residence Halls or Student Housing Apartment residents only). Cannot have "experienced" players on the roster. This league is Gender Inclusive. Teams will get 4 scheduled regular season games. All team will advance to playoffs pending they attend at least 2 out of 4 regular season games . Champions in this division will earn a championship T-shirt (that will vary in color each quarter).
- GRAD/STAFF/FACULTY (GSF): Designed for teams comprised of Graduate/Professional students, Staff, and Faculty. Limited Undergrads or University Affiliates may participate in this division, but the teams must be comprised mainly of grad, staff and faculty players. Teams will get 5 scheduled regular season games. Up to Three (3) "experienced" players are allowed on the roster. The top teams in this division will qualify for playoffs. Champions in this division will earn a championship T-shirt (will vary in color each quarter).
Teams are strongly urged to enter into the proper level of competition. Should a team obviously be playing out of their competitive level, the Rec Sports Office will immediately counsel that team and has the right, at their discretion, to move a team up to the next class level for playoffs.
- "Experienced Athletes" may compete in the sport where they are "experienced" as stipulated in the rules for that activity. The term "experienced" refers to CURRENT Intercollegiate Athletes (ICA) and Club athletes (Club). Professional (Pro) athletes are NOT allowed to participate in our program in their sport. The term "experienced" will expire by June 30 of the current academic year. At this point, the player is no longer considered "experienced" if the player decides to no longer be on an ICA, Club or Pro team.
- The term "current Intercollegiate athlete" refers to any player who is on the roster/coaches' list of an Intercollegiate team (including athletes who are red-shirting).
- The term "Club athlete" refers to any individual who is currently on the roster of a Sport Club team at a four-year institution.
- The term "Professional" refers to any individual who is currently on the roster of a professional or semi-professional team in a sport.
- The "experienced" term only refers to an athlete in their like sport (e.g., Club Soccer player is considered an "experienced" player for Rec Sports Soccer but not for Basketball)
NOTE: Once a participant appears on a current ICA, Club or Pro roster they become an experienced player for that like sport for the entire academic year (Fall, Winter, and Spring)
- Teams that compete in the Premier, Competitive, or Grad Staff Faculty league will qualify the top teams to playoffs.
- For all leagues (except Res Hall), the top overall teams in the league will qualify for playoffs pending they meet the following requirements:
- Attend at least 3/5 scheduled games (i.e. can only forfeit two games due to a no show or not having enough players at game time)
- Have a 3.5 or higher Sportsmanship score
- Have 0 or 1 ejection on the team (2 or more ejected players will automatically disqualify a team from playoffs)
- Completed the Captain's Meeting quiz prior to the deadline
- For the Res Hall league, all teams will advance to playoffs pending they attend at least 2/4 regular season games (i.e. can only forfeit two games due to a no show or not having enough players at game time)
- Any player that gets ejected from a game for conduct/behavior issues will automatically be disqualified from playoffs for that team. Players will also lose their playoff eligibility for a team if they accumulate the equivalent of 3 cautions/warnings/unsportsmanslike penalties due to conduct/behavior issues throughout the season (ex: 3 conduct-related yellow cards in soccer, 3 technicals in basketball, 3 unsportsmanlike penalties in Flag Football, etc.)