Intramural Sports provides a quality recreation experience for the NIU Students. The program emphasizes fun, while fostering a healthy spirit of competition, sportsmanship, teamwork, and friendships through all Intramural Sport activities.
More than 40 Intramural Sports and activities for men's, women's, and co-recreational leagues are offered in the fall and spring semesters. Leagues include Greek, Independent, and Organizational and division offerings include “A” for competitive play and “B” for recreational play. A league is normally four weeks long with an opportunity to advance to playoffs. When a team is registered, the captain chooses the league and division (day/time) the team will play throughout that league season. Tournament play is generally a one day tournament with a single/double elimination bracket, depending on the amount of teams registered. Special events are sports/activities which are competitive, but not set up in a league schedule or in a playoff bracket.
Whether you were a varsity star, a fifth-string quarterback, or have never participated in a sport, the Intramural Sports program is the perfect way to be active and involved, meet new people, and have fun. Students participate in the program also officiate and supervise the activities. Officials are employed regardless of their previous officiating experience. Officials participate in training clinics and staff evaluations to help them constantly improve in their abilities. Supervisors are trained to handle conflicts that occur during games and are there to answer questions that participants may have regarding sport rules, policies, procedures, and program information.
In Intramural sports, winning and losing are mere outcomes. What is part of the game is the pure satisfaction of participation, getting fit, and enhancing friendships. Without your opponent, there is no game, no contest, no memories, and no fun. You are indebted to them as they are to you. The spirit of play is then based on cooperation. Upholding high standards of integrity and fair play acknowledges this idea of cooperative competition. All players are encouraged to use their best judgment in caring for the safety of others as well as themselves. The ultimate goal of the players means more than win or lose. All players are asked to participate within the context of this SPIRIT of PLAY.
Assistant Director of Competitive Sport and Youth Programs